Iran Colloquium Fall 2021

September 15, 2021

Speaker/Performer: Dan Sheffield, Princeton University

Daniel Sheffield is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He is a specialist in the social and intellectual history of Zoroastrians during the late medieval and early modern periods. He is the author of numerous articles and two forthcoming books: Wizirkard ī Dēnīg: The Pahlavi Book of Religious Decrees and Cosmopolitan Zarathustras: Translating Religion in Iran and India. He is currently working on a third book project examining revisiting the life and afterlives of the Azar Kayvan movement of the sixteenth-seventeenth centuries, which culminated in the production of the first Persian-language encyclopedia of comparative religion, The School of Doctrines (Dabistān-i Maẕāhib, written by Mīrzā Ẕu’l-Fiqār  ẕarsāsānī ‘Mūbad’ in 1060 AH/1650 CE).
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October 6, 2021

Speaker/Performer: Aria Fani, University of Washington

Aria Fani is an assistant professor of Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is working on a manuscript titled Spaces between Nations: Afghans, Iranians, and the Making of Persian Literature. He serves as the current deputy editor of Iranian Studies.
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October 13, 2021

Speaker/Performer: Parisa Vaziri, Cornell University

 Parisa Vaziri is an assistant professor of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. Her forthcoming book, Racial Blackness and Indian Ocean Slavery: Iran’s Media Archive, explores Iranian cinema as a site of historical transmission for legacies of African slavery.

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December 1, 2021

Speaker/Performer: Mejgan Massoumi, Stanford University

Mejgan Massoumi is a historian of modern Central/South Asia and the broader Middle East. Her research focus is modern Afghanistan and the connective histories of media, sound, and popular culture across the region. She is currently a teaching fellow in the Civil, Liberal, and Global Education program at Stanford University and working on her book manuscript.
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