Iranian Studies Webinar Series: Women Poets

When and Where

Friday, March 12, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Lecture via Zoom


Claudia Yaghoobi


Sonia Balassanian: Writing the Impossible

Focusing on Iranian-Armenian poet/artist Sonia Balassanian's works, Yaghoobi argues that Balassanian treats writing (and art generally) as a medium which allow her to write the impossible, namely the 1915 Genocide.

Claudia Yaghoobi is a Roshan Institute Associate Professor in Persian Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Temporary Marriage in lran: Gender and Body Politics in Modern Iranian Literature and Film (Cambridge UP, 2020) and Subjectivity in ‘Attar, Persian Sufism, and European Mysticism (Purdue UP, 2017).

Organized by the Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies in collaboration with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations; the Department of History; the Department of Historical Studies; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies—UTM; the Cinema Studies Institute; the Centre for Comparative Literature; Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity; the Department of History (York University); the Department of English (Ryerson University), and Iran Namag: A Quarterly of lranian Studies

Zoom Registration:
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