Gender Symp: “Death the Great Equalizer: Memorializing Martyred (Shahid) Women in the Republic of Iran”
Fri, October 19, 2012 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM • GAR 1.102
The Department of History's Graduate Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality presents:
“Death the Great Equalizer: Memorializing Martyred (Shahid) Women in the Republic of Iran”
A talk by Dr. Faegheh Shirazi, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin
"In the Islamic Republic of Iran the Bonyad-e Shahid (Martyrs Foundation) has recently added a new wing to its Museum of Martyrs. This addition is dedicated solely to female martyrs and honors the “fallen ones”. The choice to build a women’s section at the Museum of Martyrs reflects new intention on the part of the Islamic Republic to project public images of modernization and gender equality. This paper explores the concept of martyrs in Shi`i tradition and more specifically, the newly emerging phenomenon of the female martyr. In doing so, an effort will be made to understand the diverse meanings and usages of the word shahid (martyr), not only by the Islamic Republic’s government but also in the daily lives and popular religious practices of the Iranian people. The discussion will also address the importance of images and personal objects housed in the museum."
The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality has been a fixture in Department of History since 2001, offering a forum for graduate students and faculty to present papers and works-in-progress for discussion in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.