MES 324K • Iranian Identity: Questions and Challenges
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
The concept of globalization and confronting a globalized world have posed new questions and challenges regarding national, ethnic, historical, political, sociological, psychological, linguistic, literary, artistic, religious, and on the whole cultural identity in various parts of the world, including Iran. After a historical survey and examination of the question of "Iranianness" and "Persianness," this course focuses on various aspects of Iranian identity in the present age through the writings and other works of prominent contemporary scholars, thinkers, and artists. The course will culminate in a three-day seminar attended by a number of those scholars whose works have been studied, who will interact in discussions with the participants in the course. The following scholars have expressed interest in participating in the end of the semester seminar: Tara Bahrampour (journalism), Ali Bauazizi (cultural psychology, Boston College), Richard Davis (Classical Persian literature, Ohio State University), Farhad Kazemi (political science, New York University), Farzaneh Milani (Modern Persian literature and Women's Studies, University of Virginia), Hamid Naficy (media studies, Rice University), Farhang Rajaee (International relations, Carleton University), Mohamad Tavakkoli-Tarqi (history, University of Toronto).
Active participation in classroom discussions 30% Weekly assignments 20% Final essay 50%