[R6525] Iranian Studies Unbound: Emerging Global Approaches to the Field (Pt.II)

Created by Hosna Sheikholeslami
Wednesday, 12/01/21 2:00 pm

SUMMARY:

Scholarship on Iran is produced by four key groups: scholars inside Iran, non-Iranian scholars, the Iranian diaspora, and scholars in between. Although none of these groups are homogeneous--there are ideological, thematic, generational, and other divisions within each—the dearth of conversations between them has proven harmful to the field as a whole and to the exchange of ideas between scholars. In this roundtable, we seek to discuss both these divisions and possible futures for this field of study by discussing the following:
1. The lack of interaction and dialogue between these groups: What is the national/translation circulation of knowledge production on Iran and its diaspora, with a particular focus on translations of work, publications, and engagement of scholars? 
2. The role of policies and institutions: How much is this situation related to a lack of communication between institutions across borders, especially considering such political realities as the role of sanctions, travel bans, and the Iranian government's pressure on scholars?
3. Prospect of the field: What role might new, digital technologies play in transcending existing constraints, especially in the post-pandemic era? How might we create more robust academic and intellectual exchange across these various borders, especially given shifting US-Iran political relationships? And finally, how might we bridge these scattered islands of researchers and scholarship?

DISCIPLINES:

Anthro; Intl Rltns/Aff; Lang; Socio; Anthro; Intl Rltns/Aff; Lang; Socio; Anthro; Intl Rltns/Aff; Lang; Socio

DESCRIPTIONS OR SUMMARY:

MEMBERS:

Narges Bajoghli

(SAIS, Johns Hopkins University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Hosna Sheikholeslami

(Denison University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Vahid Abedini

(Florida International University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Marie Ostby

(Connecticut College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;