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Virtual Panel Discussion: Black and Afro-Iranians in Iranian Cultural Imaginary

October 6, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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This panel will discuss Black and Afro-Iranians in the Iranian Cultural Imaginary, featuring panelists:

  • “Chronopolitical Assemblages: Race/ism, Desire, and Identification in Iranian Contexts”
  1. Shadee Malaklou, Chair and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies; Founding Director, Women’s and Gender Non-Conforming Center, Berea College
  • “The Question of Race in Simin Daneshvar’s “A City Like Paradise”

Amirhossein Vafa, Assistant Professor of English Literature, Shiraz University

  • “The limitations, danger and equity regarding imagining and writing about those we are not”

Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda, Human Rights Lawyer, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations

  • “Blackness as Historical Residue in Iranian Film”

Parisa Vaziri, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University

  • Moderator: Sima Shakhsari Associate Professor of Gender, Women & Sexualities Studies, University of Minnesota

For more information, contact Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi at

Sponsors: UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Omar ibn Said Initiative, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UNC Persian Studies Program, The American Institute of Iranian Studies

UNC Chapel Hill


October 6, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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