Articulations of Identity in the Iranian Diaspora

Friday March 15, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Articulations of Identity in the Iranian Diaspora

سلسله سخنرانی‌های ایران‌شناسی و فارسی‌پژوهی علیرضا احمدیان

بیان هویت در دیاسپورای ایرانی

سخنران: نوژنگ خاتمی، دانشجوی دکتری، مدرس و پژوهشگر علوم سیاسی، دانشگاه بریتیش کلمبیا

دیاسپورای ایرانی چگونه سخن می‌گوید؟ چه روایتی از هویت‌هایمان به خودمان و دیگران منتقل می‌کنیم؟ این سخنرانی پیچیدگی‌های پیمایش هویت ایرانیان مهاجر را با توجه به تجربیات مختلفی که داریم – مدت زمانی که از ایران دور بوده‌ایم، میزان فرهنگ ایرانی و زبان مادری که حفظ کرده‌ایم و همچنین جهت‌گیری سیاسی ما – بررسی می‌کند. پس از کاوش کوتاهی در رویکردهای سیاسی و فلسفی به این پرسش‌ها، این سخنرانی از زاویهٔ دیگر، یعنی هنر و ادبیات به این موضوع می‌پردازد.


How does the Iranian diaspora speak? What narratives about our identities do we convey to ourselves and others? This talk explores the complexities of navigating a diasporic Iranian identity in light of our different experiences – how long we have been away from our country of origin, how much of the culture and language we have retained, and what our political alignments are. Following a brief exploration of political and philosophical approaches to these questions, the lecture turns to art and literature to seek a different, and hopefully more fruitful, avenue. The strength and endurance of our cultural and literary treasures, and the love we continue to have for art, are examined as testaments to the power of Iranian aesthetics to help those outside the nation’s borders to carve out new spaces of creative expression for themselves. In the end, this talk seeks to extend a dialogue about how we think of ourselves as Iranians abroad, and what stories we want to tell going forward.

Nojang Khatami, born in Tehran and having moved to Canada at the age of eight, has always been captivated by the haunting realities and stories of his homeland. His studies, his teaching and his writings all revolve around identity and the ways we continue to build a sense of self in new lands. Outside of academic work, he is eager to explore these themes through fiction and especially through dialogue with the Iranian community to stimulate conversations about the culture in all its range and richness.


About the Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies: Alireza Ahmadian (1981 – 2019) was an enthusiastic researcher, a consummate socio-political analyst, and an opinion leader on foreign policy who nurtured the virtues of diplomatic dialogue and liberal democracy. Alireza was a proud and devoted UBC alumnus, supporter of UBC’s Department of Asian Studies, and beloved member of Canadian-Iranian Community. The department renamed this lecture series in his honour in 2019. Alireza’s friends in the community have provided funding to support this series, and this generous gift will see these important academic and community engagement events supported through to the end of the 2025/2026 academic year. Read More …
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