Reihe INTERAKTIONEN, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Wien
Zeit: Donnerstag, 25. November 2010, 12 Uhr
Ort: Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Zeitgeschichte, Campus der Universität Wien, Spitalgasse 2-4/Hof 1, 1090 Wien
The presentation will explore the female body in 20th century Iran as a landscape of revolt and subjection. It unfolds the ways in which a sequence of historical events played themselves out on female bodies, specifically the constitutional revolution, the quest to modernization, the unveiling and re-veiling of women, (de-) westernization, various foreign presences, and the Islamic revolution. Keeping in mind the ways in which these bodies were instrumentalized to signal ideologies at the root of foreign and domestic policies, the talk takes a literary turn, to draw insights from 20th century Iranian female authors who thematize their bodies poetically to recreate, challenge, and complicate existing discourses.
Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani is assistant professor of world literature at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, CAN). She received her BA, MA, and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.