Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Changing Sexual Identities in the Wake of Iran’s Sexual Revolution

This presentation explores both the ways sexuality has been regulated in the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as the responses to this regulation - which have resulted in the transformation of intimacy, citizenship and subjectivity. The presenter focuses on the changing conceptions of heterosexuality and homosexuality which move from a rejection of the hetero/homo binary to a new sexual identity constructed amongst the youth in Tehran and in the Iranian blogosphere which is translating into an ‘on-the ground’ social movement.

Pardis Mahdavi, PhD is currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, on leave from her position as assistant professor of anthropology at Pomona College. Her first book “Passionate Uprisings” focused on the intersection between sexuality and politics in post-revolutionary Iran, while her current work looks at trafficking, labour and migration in the Persian Gulf.

This is being put on by Concordia's Sociology and Anthropology Student Union and should be really really interesting, so check it out!!!

Thursday, October 29th
Concordia University's Hall building RM#H-763

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