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Abedinifard, Mostafa

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilization
University of Toronto

Dr. Mostafa Abedinifard is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019) in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, where he is writing a monograph on the role of humor as a signifier for affect within the discourses of Iranian modernity and nationalism, tentatively titled "Satiric Modernity: Humor, Affect, and Nationalism in Iran." Specifically, his project focuses on the intersections of humor-and a range of related emotions including embarrassment, shame, and humiliation-with gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity in modern Iranian history, literature, and culture. He is conducting this research project under the advisorship of Professor Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi. He is also co-editing a volume on "Persianate Literatures as World Literature" (Bloomsbury Academic's "Literatures as World Literature" Series; Series Editor: Thomas Oliver Beebee.) Mostafa obtained his doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from University of Alberta in 2015, under the supervision of Professor Jerry Varsava. His doctoral research, focusing on mainstream and fringe humor forms in Iranian and Anglo-American cultures, examined the role of ridicule-as a form or aspect of humor-in the construction of gendered identities and the maintenance of hegemonic gender orders. Among many publications, his dissertation resulted in five peer-reviewed journal articles, while also inspiring his SSHRC monograph project. His research interests-with special attention to the Middle Eastern, Iranian, and Anglo-American literatures and cultures-include comparative and world literature, (global South) critical and literary theory, gender and sexuality studies, Islamic studies, and cultural historiography. Mostafa's writings have been published/are forthcoming in journals such as British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; Asian Cinema; HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research; Social Semiotics; de genere: Journal of Literary, Postcolonial and Gender Studies; Iran Nameh; Iran Namag; Iranian Studies; New directions in Folklore; Journal of Men's Studies; Cultural Sociology; and Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, among other venues. He has taught courses in Comparative Literature, World Literature, English, and Rhetoric in several Canadian and Iranian universities, including the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, and Razi University. He has been an Associate Editor at the Persian Literary Studies Journal since 2016.

Iranian Studies   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Gender/Women's Studies   
Queer/LGBT Studies   
Ethnic Groups   
19th-21st Centuries   
Islamic Studies   
Islamic World   
Gender and sexuality; men and masculinities   
Critical and literary theory   
Cultural historiography   
Persian (Native)   
English (Fluent)   
Arabic (Intermediate)   
French (Intermediate)   
PhD2015Comparative LiteratureUniversity of Alberta
MA2005EnglishAllameh Tabatabaee University
BA1997EnglishAllameh Tabatabaee University
Mostafa Abedinifard

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Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilization
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
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