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Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement


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These are exhilarating and challenging times in the Middle East and North Africa. From the Green Movement in Iran to the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and other uprisings in the region, women and men are demanding the expansion of their rights as citizens. The desegregated nature of these massive demonstrations, in which throngs of women walk shoulder to shoulder with men and face batons and bullets with open hands and life-affirming words, is unprecedented. It is indeed a revolution within revolutions. These circulating women—visible, voiced, and mobile—are seasoned negotiators of confined spaces, veteran trespassers of walls, closed doors, and iron gates. They are an audacious moderating, modernizing force to be reckoned with. This presentation discusses the complex interconnectedness between power, space, and physical mobility in Iran and the role of women writers in the struggle for social justice, gender equity, and desegregation.

  • Reception follows in Brooks Commons, 1st Floor
    Sponsored by Department of Anthropology
Event Date: 
Friday, 24 February 2012 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Farzaneh Milani
Speaker Title: 
Professor and Department Chair, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages, University of Virginia