Global Iran? Beyond Borders and Binaries

A Thursday seminar with professor Arang Keshavarzian. 

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Particularities and exceptionalism are often foregrounded in discussions of Iran in the twentieth century.  Implicit, and sometimes quite explicit, is the notion that Iranian society and politics are detached and out of step with international and regional processes.  Whether it is Shiism, the Islamic Revolution, international sanctions, or Iranian nationalism, much attention has been on what separates and differentiates Iran from elsewhere and binds it into a single undifferentiated whole.  In this talk, he will explore recent scholarship that has engaged with global history, critical literatures on globalization, and histories of capitalism to re-narrate Iranian politics as intimately participating in “the global” and shaping and being shaped by processes operating across multiple geographic scales — local, national, regional, and international.
Arang Keshavarzian is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He is the author of Bazaar and State in Iran as well as several essays in academic journals and edited volumes on such topics as ulama-state relations, political economy of commerce and urbanism, and political contestation in postrevolutionary Iran. His most recent publication is a 2021 co-edited volume with Ali Mirsepassi titled Global 1979: Geographies and Histories of the Iranian Revolution (Cambridge University Press).  Keshavarzian is currently completing a book on region-making in and out of the Persian Gulf in the past two centuries. He has been on the editorial committee for MERIP or Middle East Report at various junctures in the past two decades.



Published Apr. 22, 2022 1:02 PM - Last modified Aug. 2, 2022 11:15 AM