A talk and book signing by Nasrin Rahimieh Iranian Culture: Representation and Identity

Department: Comparative Literature

Date and Time: May 9, 2016 | 6:00 AM-8:00 AM

Event Location: HG 1010

Event Details

Please join the Department of Comparative Literature and the Jordan Center for Persian Studies for

A talk by Nasrin Rahimieh

Iranian Culture:  Representation and Identity

followed by a reception and book signing

Throughout modern Iranian history, culture has served as a means of imposing unity and cohesion onto society. The Pahlavi monarchs used it to project an image of Iran as an ancient civilization, re-emerging as an equal to Western nations, while the revolutionaries deployed it to remake the country into an Islamic nation. Just as Iranian culture has been continually re-interpreted, the representations and avocations of Iranian identity vary amongst Iranians across the world. This presentation will explore how the contested and contradictory claims to culture can inform and reshape the conceptualization of culture.

Nasrin Rahimieh is Professor of Comparative Literature and Howard Baskerville Professor of Humanities at UCI.  Dr. Rahimieh’s research has focused on intercultural encounters between Iran and the West, modern Persian literature, literature of exile and displacement, women’s writing, and post-revolutionary Iranian cinema.