Organized Symposium and Lecture Series at UNC-CH

Iranian Literary Diasporas: A Series of Virtual Panels 2021-2022

This virtual lecture series is dedicated to exploring how Iranian diaspora authors reflect on the community’s attempts at carving out forms of belonging to their host nations. Authors and discussants may address specific modes of power and representation that Iranian diaspora community has developed to rehabilitate their position as members of a minoritized population with ambivalent feelings of belonging.220383761_10159167109644156_5496299713650984767_n

Saturday, September 25 at 12:00pm-1:00pm:

Parvaneh Hosseini in Conversation with Hamed Esmailion

Saturday, October 16 at 12:00pm-1:00pm:

Claudia Yaghoobi in Conversation with Omid Fallahazad

Saturday, November 20 at 12:00pm-1:00pm:
Esha Momeni in conversation with Fereshteh Molavi


Artist: Minoo Emami Title: Woven for Him Date: 2014 Medium: Mix Media Painting, Dimensions: 36” x 24” inches

Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora, 2020-2021

A Symposium in a Series of Panels
Saturday September 5th, 2020 @ 5pm-6:30pm
Saturday September 12th,2020 @ 12pm-1:30pm
Saturday September 19th, 2020 @ 12pm-1:30pm
Saturday September 26th, 2020 @ 12pm-1:30pm
Saturday October 3, 2020 @ 12pm-1:30pm
This one-day symposium was an attempt to provide a safe space for public discussions of the nuances around discourses of love and desire in modern Iran, challenging and contributing to the dominant discourses on key topics. From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for scholars. This symposium brought together a range of scholars from different disciplines focusing on modern Iran to analyze the wide variety of ways in which love and desire have been represented, imagined, and discursively constructed. Participants addressed discourses of love and desire and revisited those discourses considering the implications that they have for larger theoretical debates.
You can watch the recordings here:

Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Ph. D – Roshan Institute Associate Professor in Persian Studies, for information about the symposium contact Dr. Yaghoobi at


The American Institute of Iranian Studies, UNC Persian Studies Program, UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, the Department of Asian Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Provost of Global Affairs, the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Department of History, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, The Department of Geography, The Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill University Libraries, The Countering Hate Initiative

Symposium Program

Abstracts and Bios

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