Public lecture: "Reclaiming Life: The poetics and politics of streets in Iran" von Prof. Dr. Shahram Khosravi

20.01.2023, 17:00 CET, um 13Uhr, ZHG 001, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, Göttingen and online via Zoom

in cooperation with the Institute of Cultural Anthropology/ European Ethnology and Kollektiv Ohne Namen

Abstract: After almost four months of intense protests across Iran after the killing of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini by the Iranian Police on September 17, there has been a vast mobilization of (new) political actors in and outside of Iran. Their political practices are crystalized in a specific form of street politics. Amini’s tragic death was the most recent case of a decades-long state-sanctioned and systemic sexism and misogynistic politics in Iran. It was a breaking point revealing how law enforcement not only does not protect women, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, and dispossessed citizens, but rather exposes them to violence and death. A slogan that has grown to the main symbol of the current protests is Women, Life, Freedom! In this talk, Professor Shahram Khosravi will contextualize the protests within the broader struggle for justice in Iran.

Shahram Khosravi is a Professor of Anthropology at the Stockholm University with research focuses on mobility, border studies, migration, precarity, and waithood. He is the author of many academic books and articles such as After Deportation: Ethnographic Perspectives, Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran, the “Illegal” Traveller: An Auto-ethnography of Borders, and Young and Defiant in Tehran. Aside the academic writings, he prefers to write stories and he has been an active writer in international press. The past year he has been working on an art book on Waiting. He started also the Critical Border Studies, a network for scholars, artists and activists to interact.

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