Thu, Mar 15, 2012: The Culture War in Iran

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Join us for a free public lecture at 4-6pm on March 15, 2012 in Room 087 of University College (15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON) by:

Mohamad Tavakoli , Professor of History, Historical Studies, and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, U of T

Bio
Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi is Professor of History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto and the chair of the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. Since 2002 he has served as the Editor of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, a Duke University Press journal, and has served on the editorial board of Iranian Studies, the Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies.

His areas of specialization encompass Middle Eastern History, Modernity, Nationalism, Gender Studies, Orientalism, and Occidentalism. He is the author of two books, Refashioning Iran: Orientalism, Occidentalism and Nationalist Historiography (Palgrave, 2001) and Tajaddud-i Bumi [Vernacular Modernity] (in Persian, Nashr-i Tarikh, 2003). He has authored numerous articles: “The Homeless Texts of Persianate Modernity,” in Iran—Between Tradition and Modernity (Lexington Books, 2004); “Orientalist Studies and Its Amnesia,” in Antinomies of Modernity (Duke, 2002), “Eroticizing Europe,” in Society and Culture in Qajar Iran: (Mazda, 2002); “Women of the West Imagined,” in Identity Politics and Women (Westview Press, 1994); “From Patriotism to Matriotism: A Tropological Study of Iranian Nationalism, 1870-1909,” International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2002), “Inventing Modernity, Borrowing Modernity,” Iran Nameh (2003).

Born and raised in the “navel of Tehran,” Iran, Professor Tavakoli is the recipient of two Outstanding Teacher awards from Illinois State University (1996 and 2001); a Research Initiative Award (1992); and visiting fellowships at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University (1998), the Center for Historical Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, 1992-93); and Harvard University (1991-92).

He has initiated numerous conferences and workshops on topical issues pertaining to the Middle East, and has encouraged the active involvement of student associations in the organization of scholarly events and community outreach programs. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in History from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in History from the University of Chicago.

This lecture is part of the Vital Discussions of Human Security series which is co-sponsored by University College Health Studies Programme, Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace and Voice of Women for Peace.

Upcoming lectures:

22 Mar 2012             The Geopolitics of War in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Kosovo
Valerie Zawilski, Associate Professor of Sociology, Kings University College, U. of Western Ontario
 
29 Mar 2012             Nonviolence in a Global World
Ramin Jahanbegloo, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
 
5 Apr 2012             Should We Be Afraid?Real and Imagined Security Threats 10 years after 9/11
Mark Sedra, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation and U. of Waterloo
 
12 Apr 2012             Russia and the West After the Cold War
Sergei Plekhanov, Associate Professor of Political Science, York University

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