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Abedinifard, Mostafa

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


Holding a PhD in Comparative Literature, I am currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019) in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, where, under Dr. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi's supervision, I am writing a monograph on Iranian modernity and modern Persian humor. Within the broader areas of world literature and Middle Eastern studies, and with a transnational and interdisciplinary scope, I am interested in studying literature and culture and doing cultural history, with especial focus on understudied topics in critical diversity studies. My research publications and dissemination over the past few years have critically analyzed the historical and contemporary social construction of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, dis/ability, and religion in modern Persian literature and culture. An Associate Editor of the Persian Literary Studies Journal, I am concurrently also collaborating with a network of colleagues at universities in Iran, Turkey, Canada, and the United States on several other research projects focused on Iranian men and masculinities, humor in the Middle Eastern and North African cultures, Persianate humor, and comparative Persianate literary and cultural studies.

DISCIPLINE
Literature
SUB AREAS
Iranian Studies   
Comparative   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Identity/Representation   
Gender/Women's Studies   
Queer/LGBT Studies   
Cinema/Film   
Persian   
Translation   
Ethnic Groups   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Iran   
Islamic World   
SPECIALTIES
Gender and sexuality; men and masculinities   
Critical and literary theory   
Cultural historiography   
LANGUAGES
Persian (Native)   
English (Fluent)   
Arabic (Intermediate)   
French (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
PhD2015Comparative LiteratureUniversity of Alberta
MA2005EnglishAllameh Tabatabaee University
BA1997EnglishAllameh Tabatabaee University
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Mostafa Abedinifard






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Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilization
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1C1
Canada
m_abedinifard@yahoo.com

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