Khatereh Sheibani

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Assistant Professor
Member of Graduate program in Humanities

Office: Ross Building, S542
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 88742
Emailsheibani@yorku.ca

Khatereh Sheibani is assistant professor of Persian studies in the Dep. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and member of the graduate program in the Dep. of Humanities at York University. She has published articles on Iranian cinema and Persian literature. Her book on post-revolutionary Iranian cinema and its aesthetic relation to classical and modern literature was published in 2011 by I.B.Tauris.

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Khatereh Sheibani is assistant professor of Persian language, literature and culture in the Department of Languages,Literatures and Linguistics and member of the graduate program in the Dep. of Humanities. She studied English Literature in Shiraz University and general linguistics in the University of Tehran, Iran before coming to Canada. Khatereh completed her doctorate degree in comparative literature at the University of Alberta, Canada in 2007. She has written articles on modern Persian literature and the relations between Iranian cinema, Persian poetry, and the conventions of visual arts in literary and cinema anthologies and journals such as Iranian Studies and Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Her book entitled "The Poetics of Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics, Modernity, and Film after the Revolution" was published in November 2011 by I.B.Tauris, UK . Khatereh has been consulted and interviewed on issues regarding Iranian cinema by globally distinguished broadcasting services and journals such as CBC, PRI, and the New York Times. She has taught a wide array of courses on Persian language and literature, media and democracy, Iranian cinema, Middle Eastern cinemas, Contemporary Hollywood cinema, postcolonial literatures, and documentary film and television.

Area of Specialization

Iranian cinema, Persian literature, Middle Eastern cinemas

Degrees

PhD, University of Alberta, Canada
Masters, University of Tehran, Iran
BA, Shiraz University


Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Film , Persian Literature and Iranian Cinema, Middle Eastern Cinemas, Media Studies, Representation of Women in Media

Current Research Projects

Gender Equality and Democracy in Iranian Cinema

Summary: 
This project examines Iranian films produced since 1990 in order to explore the way cinematic productions created a democratic and pluralistic aura in the representation of gender. It employs a comparative study of Iranian movies made in the 20th century, before and after the Islamic revolution in 1978-9, with the films produced in the past twenty years. It will shed light on the aesthetic redefinition of gender identity that has deconstructed the conventional gender roles in Iranian cinema. The history of Iranian cinema depicts that modernity, democracy and gender equality are increasingly becoming more visible and a thorough study of these concepts would be of great cultural value.

Description: 
"Gender Equality and Democracy in Iranian Cinema" studies Iranian films produced in the last decade of the 20th century and since the beginning of the 21st century to examine the way cinematic productions created a democratic and pluralistic aura in the representation of gender. This project will study the main factors that led to the shift of emphasis in gender representation in Iranian films and the way it became conspicuous within the wider cultural and social discourses in the national and global contexts.A critical study of the political economy of Iranian cinema will help this project to find out whether there is a confluence between social and cinematic discourses. The national and international reception of Iranian films about women or gender equality and their presence in the film festival circuits in the 1990s and the 2000s depict the significance of this issue. This project will also investigate the way gender representation in Iranian films has found its way into the digital space, including blogs, Face Book fan pages, and professional websites created for studying Iranian cinema.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Primary Researcher

Iranian Cinema and Persian Literature

Summary: 
This project studies Iranian cinema as the dominant form of cultural expression after the revolution in 1978-9, replacing Persian Poetry.A number of art-house films are explored to depict art-house cinema is influenced by Persian literature.

Description: 
This project is a comparative study that investigates how visual arts have become the dominant cultural form in Iran, replacing poetry, after the 1979 revolution. First, it examines the historical, institutional, and theoretical contexts in which Iranian cinema flourished. It represents the deep-seated relation between non-narrative Iranian films – made by auteur filmmakers such as Abbas Kiarostami – and Persian classical ghazal poetry, Sufism, and modern poetry. The next parts critically investigate the formal history and canonical cultural forms of expression in contrast to the films informed by the “informal” history represented in Iranian visual arts like ta’zieh (passion plays). Chapters three and four explore the work of directors like Bahram Bayzai that re-historicized Iranian modernity. It argues that these cinematic re-historicizing practices serve as examples of a genuine non-Western modernity that has influenced Iranian society. This research demonstrates that post-revolutionary visual aesthetics, informed by Persian philosophy, poetry, and the conventions of traditional visual arts, become the dominant artistic form of expression. Hence, instead of being symptomatic of socialist or revolutionary ideas, the post-revolutionary Iranian cinema accommodates a humanist approach.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Primary Researcher

Fashion, Photography and Female Agency in Iran

Summary: 
For more than a century in Iran, the female body has been the site for authorities to assert and exercise their political and ideological control over half of the population. This project explores how women in the Islamic Republic of Iran re-imagine and enforce their agency in the virtual space and redefine their identity by creating distinctively individualized styles in garments in the 21st century. While the representation of women and outfits used in photographs in the virtual space do not always take up the dress code boundaries formulated by the Islamic government, they are deliberately depicted by citizen journalists to contest the ‘image’ of the Muslim woman that was favored and propagated by theologians.

Description: 
This project explores the significance of the concept of hijab and its semantic versatility in an Iranian context. Female street fashion, the conforming approaches taken up by the Islamic regime and mainstream mass media, and its relation to the representation of female images disseminated in the virtual space by citizen journalists are meticulously studied. The argument depicts that in addition to defying the governmental restraints through reinventing street fashion, the advent of the digital era and citizen journalism have provided Iranian women with an unprecedented opportunity to further proclaim their agency, individuality and visibility by fashion statements exposed in photographs in blogs, websites, facebook pages, and twitter postings operated by the public Internet users who are not affiliated with mainstream journalism. The study of street fashion and the women’s re-imagination of fashion in the cyber space explicitly demonstrate the confluences of the two spheres of street reality and virtual reality and their joint partnership in the process of democratization of gender identity in Iran. In response to the suppressive and authoritative measures conducted by the regime in the streets as well as the digital space, citizen journalists seek to deconstruct gender identity and re-frame the women’s image as showed in the official mass media.

Project Type: Self-Funded
Role: Co-Researcher

All Publications

Books

The Poetics of Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics, Modernity, and Film after the Revolution. London : I.B.Tauris, 2011. 270 pages.

Book Chapters

[In Press] “Film as (Alternative) History: Mirroring the Past, Screening the Present.” In Representation of the Self in Iranian Literature, Art, and Film. Ed. Manijeh Mannani. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2013. 34 pages.

“Abbas Kiarostami and The Aesthetics of Ghazal,” in Conflict and Development in Iranian Film. eds. Asghar Seyyed-Ghorab and Kamran Tallatof.. Leiden UP, Winter 2012. Pp. 77- 101.

Journal Articles

« The Outcry of The Crow: Localizing Modernity in Iran. » In Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Issue 20.2, Fall 2011. pp. 95-110.

“Abbas Kiarostami and the Aesthetics of Modern Persian Poetry.” Iranian Studies: Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies. volume 39, number 4, December 2006. 509-537. (translated by Sevcan Sölmez into Turkish and published in SineCine. Volume 1, number 1, 2010. Pp. 97-122). http://www.sinecine.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/sinecine2010_1_shebani.pdf

Conference Proceedings

“Cinema, Systematic Terror, and the Aesthetics of Passivity,” In Revisioning Terrorism. Purdue University. Purdue e-pubs http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/revisioning/2011/910/9/

Conference Papers

“Fashion, Freedom, and Female Agency: Iranian Women’s Deconstruction of Identity in Citizen Journalism,” w/Manijeh Mannani. In American Comparative Literature Association. Toronto, April 4-7, 2013.

“Stardom in Post-revolutionary Cinema,” In DLL 2013 Colloquium. York University. March 2013.

“Stars, Spirituality, and Authorship in Iranian Cinema,” In the 9th International Society for Iranian Studies Conference. Istanbul, Turkey, Aug. 1-5, 2012.

“Gender Representation in Iranian Cinema,” In Canadian Comparative Literature Association. Waterloo, Canada, May 27-29, 2012

“Democracy and Gender Equality Reimagined in Middle Eastern Cinemas,” In The Quest for Democracy in the Middle East Conference. York University, Toronto, Canada, June 1-3, 2012.

“Cinema, Systematic Terror, and the Aesthetics of Passivity,” In Revisioning Terrorism. Purdue University. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN, USA. Sep 8-10, 2011.

[Invited Speaker] “The Aesthetics of Equality: Gender Relations in Iranian Cinema.” In a Symposium entitled “Iranian Cinema 7: From Pariah to Pedestal: The Burgeoning of Iranian Cinema.” Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. Oct 26, 2009.

“Authorship in Performance in Post-revolutionary Iranian Cinema.” In “Cinema and New Media in Iran,” a panel in the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting. Boston. November 21-24 2009.

“Modernity, Subjectivity, and Individuality in Iranian Cinema.” In Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Congress 2009 of Humanities and Social Sciences. Carleton University, Ottawa. May 28-31 2009.

“The Reel History of Modernity in Bayzai’s Aesthetics.” In 7th Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, Toronto, July 31-August 3, 2008.

“A Trans-community across Boundaries: Youssef Chahin’s Alexandria Trilogy.” In CCLA Annual Meeting, Congress 2007 of Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Saskatchewan. May 27-29 2007.

“The Philosophy of a Novel Outlook: From Poetry to Cinema”. In the Sixth Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies. School of Oriental and African Studies. University College of London. England. 3-5 August 2006.

“Intellectual Cinema versus Populist Governments: A Long-Term Legacy of the Constitutional Movement in Iran”. In “Rethinking Development in Africa and the Middle East.” Middle Eastern and African Studies Program. Graduate Conference. University of Alberta. March 16, 2006.

“Re-mythification of Women in Beizaei’s Cinema”. In Imagining Iran: Symposium of Iranian Cinema. School of Media, Film and Theatre. University of New South Wales, Australia. Mid-November 2005.

"Poetic Adaptations in Cinema: Iranian Cinema". Presented in Canadian Comparative Literature Association Conference in Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. June 13-18, 2004.

"Visual and Poetic Innovations: Classical Poetry and Innovative Cinematic Language". Presented in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. University of Alberta, Edmonton. June 2004.

"Talking Across Disciplines: Mythmaking in Contemporary Iran". Graduate Student Symposium. Hosted by the Department of English and the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. February 2004.

"Feminist Postmodern Poetry in Iran".Presented in the Fourth Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies. Washington DC. June 2002.

"Female Muslim Self Trespasses the Hudud". Department of Comparative Literature, Religion, Film/Media Studies Conference. April 2002.

"Women without Men": A Polyphonic Novel. 35th Annual Meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America. San Francisco, Nov 17-20, 2001.

Forough Farrokhzad's Poetry and Post Modernism. Lecture series of the Department of Comparative Literature, Religion, and Film/Media Studies, University of Alberta. Edmonton. October 2001.

Professional Journal Articles

[w/ Nasrin Rahimieh and Manijeh Mannani] . “Canada, v. Iranian Community in Canada.” In Eshan Yarshater, ed., Encyclopaedia Iranica, vol. I-J. http://www.iranica.com/articlenavigation/index.html. New York: Columbia UP, 2003.

Public Lectures

“Women in the Constitutional Revolutionary Poetry .” In Persian Poetry Night by The Cultural Events at York University. July 2013.

“Ahmad Mahmud’s The Fig of Temple Tree as a modernist novel.” In Tehranto’s Book of the month. North York Civic Centre, Toronto. August 2013.

“Gender Equality in Iranian Cinema,” In University of Toronto Iranian Studies Seminar Series, Dep. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Nov. 23, 2012.

“Abbas Kiarostami and the Rostamabad Trilogy,” In the University of Toronto Na ma Na Film Group. Nov. 10, 2012.

“Research Report on Iranian cinema and Iranian Media,” In the Dep. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics meeting, York University. Oct 24, 2012.

“The concept of love in Rudaki’s poetry.” In Persian Poetry Night by Persian Society at York University. June 2012.

“The Poetry of Simin Behbahani, the Persian Ode Lady.” In Persian Poetry Night: a cultural event in Iranian Canadian community of Guelph. Winter 2011.

“The Impact of Tehran University on Women’s Education in Contemporary Iran. North York Civic Centre, Toronto, June 11 and 12, 2011. http://www.shahrvand.com/?p=15140

"Women Activists, Women Scholars: New Generation, New Methods, and New Perspectives.” Toronto. April 24th 2009. Coordinated by Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto. A Roundtable Discussion http://fa.shahrvand.com/2008-07-14-20-49-09/2008-07-14-20-50-43/2568-2009-04-30-02-01-12

“Iranian Cinema in a Widening Frame: Film and Politics”. In Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton. International Center. University of Alberta. May 2006.

“Canadian Poetry and Landscape: Persian Translation of Jonathan Hart’s Poems”. In Comparative Literature & Interdisciplinary Colloquium. University of Alberta, March 18-19, 2005.

“Commemorating A Poet: Space and Image in Manuchehr Atashi’s Poetry”. In Iranian Student Association Poetry Night. University of Alberta. November 25, 2005.

"Samira Makhmalbaf’s 'Apple' and the Iranian Society". Presented for the Edmonton Youth Program, Polish Society. November 2003.

"Ahmad Shamlu's Poetry from a Linguistic Point of View". In Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton. International Center. University of Alberta. August 2003.

"Magical Realist Novels in Contemporary Iranian Literature." in Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton. International Center. University of Alberta. Nov. 2002.

"Iranian Immigrants in Canada". Oct 2001.Coordinated by the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton

Creative Works

“Kiss the Rain” and “Halo of Blood”, two poems in Persian, Shahr-e Ma, June 2011, vol 345.

“Dream and Imagination: A Love Story” poem in Parsian, Mehregon, May 2011, vol. 15, no. 2. http://www.mehregon.com/literature/poem/khaterehsheibani

“I had a Dream” poem in Parsian, Mehregon, April 2010, vol. 3, no. 1. http://www.mehregon.com/mehregon/archive/2010/issue3/ihadadream

“Neda-ye Azadi (The Calling of Freedom” a poem in Persian, Shahrvand, 15 July 2009. http://fa.shahrvand.com/2008-07-14-20-52-51/47-2008-07-14-20-36-54/3092-2009-07-14-15-44-44

Forthcoming

“Motherhood in Iranian Cinema.” In Cinema and Motherhood in Contemporary Cinema. Ed. Asma Sayed. Demeter Press Canada, Spring 2014.

w/ Manijeh Mannani “Citizen Journalism on Fashion, Freedom and Female Agency.” Iranian Studies, June 2013.

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/PERS2700 6.0  Persian Literature and Culture SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/PERS2800 6.0  Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics and Culture  LECT  

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2018 AP/PERS3801 3.0  The Representation of Femininity, Masculinity and Gender Roles in Modern Middle Eastern Cinemas SEMR  


Khatereh Sheibani is assistant professor of Persian studies in the Dep. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and member of the graduate program in the Dep. of Humanities at York University. She has published articles on Iranian cinema and Persian literature. Her book on post-revolutionary Iranian cinema and its aesthetic relation to classical and modern literature was published in 2011 by I.B.Tauris.


Khatereh Sheibani is assistant professor of Persian language, literature and culture in the Department of Languages,Literatures and Linguistics and member of the graduate program in the Dep. of Humanities. She studied English Literature in Shiraz University and general linguistics in the University of Tehran, Iran before coming to Canada. Khatereh completed her doctorate degree in comparative literature at the University of Alberta, Canada in 2007. She has written articles on modern Persian literature and the relations between Iranian cinema, Persian poetry, and the conventions of visual arts in literary and cinema anthologies and journals such as Iranian Studies and Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Her book entitled "The Poetics of Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics, Modernity, and Film after the Revolution" was published in November 2011 by I.B.Tauris, UK . Khatereh has been consulted and interviewed on issues regarding Iranian cinema by globally distinguished broadcasting services and journals such as CBC, PRI, and the New York Times. She has taught a wide array of courses on Persian language and literature, media and democracy, Iranian cinema, Middle Eastern cinemas, Contemporary Hollywood cinema, postcolonial literatures, and documentary film and television.

Area of Specialization

Iranian cinema, Persian literature, Middle Eastern cinemas

Degrees

PhD, University of Alberta, Canada
Masters, University of Tehran, Iran
BA, Shiraz University

Research Interests:

Culture and Cultural Studies , Film , Persian Literature and Iranian Cinema, Middle Eastern Cinemas, Media Studies, Representation of Women in Media

Current Research Projects

Gender Equality and Democracy in Iranian Cinema

Summary: 
This project examines Iranian films produced since 1990 in order to explore the way cinematic productions created a democratic and pluralistic aura in the representation of gender. It employs a comparative study of Iranian movies made in the 20th century, before and after the Islamic revolution in 1978-9, with the films produced in the past twenty years. It will shed light on the aesthetic redefinition of gender identity that has deconstructed the conventional gender roles in Iranian cinema. The history of Iranian cinema depicts that modernity, democracy and gender equality are increasingly becoming more visible and a thorough study of these concepts would be of great cultural value.

Description: 
"Gender Equality and Democracy in Iranian Cinema" studies Iranian films produced in the last decade of the 20th century and since the beginning of the 21st century to examine the way cinematic productions created a democratic and pluralistic aura in the representation of gender. This project will study the main factors that led to the shift of emphasis in gender representation in Iranian films and the way it became conspicuous within the wider cultural and social discourses in the national and global contexts.A critical study of the political economy of Iranian cinema will help this project to find out whether there is a confluence between social and cinematic discourses. The national and international reception of Iranian films about women or gender equality and their presence in the film festival circuits in the 1990s and the 2000s depict the significance of this issue. This project will also investigate the way gender representation in Iranian films has found its way into the digital space, including blogs, Face Book fan pages, and professional websites created for studying Iranian cinema.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Primary Researcher

Iranian Cinema and Persian Literature

Summary: 
This project studies Iranian cinema as the dominant form of cultural expression after the revolution in 1978-9, replacing Persian Poetry.A number of art-house films are explored to depict art-house cinema is influenced by Persian literature.

Description: 
This project is a comparative study that investigates how visual arts have become the dominant cultural form in Iran, replacing poetry, after the 1979 revolution. First, it examines the historical, institutional, and theoretical contexts in which Iranian cinema flourished. It represents the deep-seated relation between non-narrative Iranian films – made by auteur filmmakers such as Abbas Kiarostami – and Persian classical ghazal poetry, Sufism, and modern poetry. The next parts critically investigate the formal history and canonical cultural forms of expression in contrast to the films informed by the “informal” history represented in Iranian visual arts like ta’zieh (passion plays). Chapters three and four explore the work of directors like Bahram Bayzai that re-historicized Iranian modernity. It argues that these cinematic re-historicizing practices serve as examples of a genuine non-Western modernity that has influenced Iranian society. This research demonstrates that post-revolutionary visual aesthetics, informed by Persian philosophy, poetry, and the conventions of traditional visual arts, become the dominant artistic form of expression. Hence, instead of being symptomatic of socialist or revolutionary ideas, the post-revolutionary Iranian cinema accommodates a humanist approach.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Primary Researcher

Fashion, Photography and Female Agency in Iran

Summary: 
For more than a century in Iran, the female body has been the site for authorities to assert and exercise their political and ideological control over half of the population. This project explores how women in the Islamic Republic of Iran re-imagine and enforce their agency in the virtual space and redefine their identity by creating distinctively individualized styles in garments in the 21st century. While the representation of women and outfits used in photographs in the virtual space do not always take up the dress code boundaries formulated by the Islamic government, they are deliberately depicted by citizen journalists to contest the ‘image’ of the Muslim woman that was favored and propagated by theologians.

Description: 
This project explores the significance of the concept of hijab and its semantic versatility in an Iranian context. Female street fashion, the conforming approaches taken up by the Islamic regime and mainstream mass media, and its relation to the representation of female images disseminated in the virtual space by citizen journalists are meticulously studied. The argument depicts that in addition to defying the governmental restraints through reinventing street fashion, the advent of the digital era and citizen journalism have provided Iranian women with an unprecedented opportunity to further proclaim their agency, individuality and visibility by fashion statements exposed in photographs in blogs, websites, facebook pages, and twitter postings operated by the public Internet users who are not affiliated with mainstream journalism. The study of street fashion and the women’s re-imagination of fashion in the cyber space explicitly demonstrate the confluences of the two spheres of street reality and virtual reality and their joint partnership in the process of democratization of gender identity in Iran. In response to the suppressive and authoritative measures conducted by the regime in the streets as well as the digital space, citizen journalists seek to deconstruct gender identity and re-frame the women’s image as showed in the official mass media.

Project Type: Self-Funded
Role: Co-Researcher

All Publications

Books

The Poetics of Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics, Modernity, and Film after the Revolution. London : I.B.Tauris, 2011. 270 pages.

Book Chapters

[In Press] “Film as (Alternative) History: Mirroring the Past, Screening the Present.” In Representation of the Self in Iranian Literature, Art, and Film. Ed. Manijeh Mannani. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2013. 34 pages.

“Abbas Kiarostami and The Aesthetics of Ghazal,” in Conflict and Development in Iranian Film. eds. Asghar Seyyed-Ghorab and Kamran Tallatof.. Leiden UP, Winter 2012. Pp. 77- 101.

Journal Articles

« The Outcry of The Crow: Localizing Modernity in Iran. » In Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Issue 20.2, Fall 2011. pp. 95-110.

“Abbas Kiarostami and the Aesthetics of Modern Persian Poetry.” Iranian Studies: Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies. volume 39, number 4, December 2006. 509-537. (translated by Sevcan Sölmez into Turkish and published in SineCine. Volume 1, number 1, 2010. Pp. 97-122). http://www.sinecine.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/sinecine2010_1_shebani.pdf

Conference Proceedings

“Cinema, Systematic Terror, and the Aesthetics of Passivity,” In Revisioning Terrorism. Purdue University. Purdue e-pubs http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/revisioning/2011/910/9/

Conference Papers

“Fashion, Freedom, and Female Agency: Iranian Women’s Deconstruction of Identity in Citizen Journalism,” w/Manijeh Mannani. In American Comparative Literature Association. Toronto, April 4-7, 2013.

“Stardom in Post-revolutionary Cinema,” In DLL 2013 Colloquium. York University. March 2013.

“Stars, Spirituality, and Authorship in Iranian Cinema,” In the 9th International Society for Iranian Studies Conference. Istanbul, Turkey, Aug. 1-5, 2012.

“Gender Representation in Iranian Cinema,” In Canadian Comparative Literature Association. Waterloo, Canada, May 27-29, 2012

“Democracy and Gender Equality Reimagined in Middle Eastern Cinemas,” In The Quest for Democracy in the Middle East Conference. York University, Toronto, Canada, June 1-3, 2012.

“Cinema, Systematic Terror, and the Aesthetics of Passivity,” In Revisioning Terrorism. Purdue University. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN, USA. Sep 8-10, 2011.

[Invited Speaker] “The Aesthetics of Equality: Gender Relations in Iranian Cinema.” In a Symposium entitled “Iranian Cinema 7: From Pariah to Pedestal: The Burgeoning of Iranian Cinema.” Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. Oct 26, 2009.

“Authorship in Performance in Post-revolutionary Iranian Cinema.” In “Cinema and New Media in Iran,” a panel in the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting. Boston. November 21-24 2009.

“Modernity, Subjectivity, and Individuality in Iranian Cinema.” In Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Congress 2009 of Humanities and Social Sciences. Carleton University, Ottawa. May 28-31 2009.

“The Reel History of Modernity in Bayzai’s Aesthetics.” In 7th Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, Toronto, July 31-August 3, 2008.

“A Trans-community across Boundaries: Youssef Chahin’s Alexandria Trilogy.” In CCLA Annual Meeting, Congress 2007 of Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Saskatchewan. May 27-29 2007.

“The Philosophy of a Novel Outlook: From Poetry to Cinema”. In the Sixth Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies. School of Oriental and African Studies. University College of London. England. 3-5 August 2006.

“Intellectual Cinema versus Populist Governments: A Long-Term Legacy of the Constitutional Movement in Iran”. In “Rethinking Development in Africa and the Middle East.” Middle Eastern and African Studies Program. Graduate Conference. University of Alberta. March 16, 2006.

“Re-mythification of Women in Beizaei’s Cinema”. In Imagining Iran: Symposium of Iranian Cinema. School of Media, Film and Theatre. University of New South Wales, Australia. Mid-November 2005.

"Poetic Adaptations in Cinema: Iranian Cinema". Presented in Canadian Comparative Literature Association Conference in Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. June 13-18, 2004.

"Visual and Poetic Innovations: Classical Poetry and Innovative Cinematic Language". Presented in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. University of Alberta, Edmonton. June 2004.

"Talking Across Disciplines: Mythmaking in Contemporary Iran". Graduate Student Symposium. Hosted by the Department of English and the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. February 2004.

"Feminist Postmodern Poetry in Iran".Presented in the Fourth Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies. Washington DC. June 2002.

"Female Muslim Self Trespasses the Hudud". Department of Comparative Literature, Religion, Film/Media Studies Conference. April 2002.

"Women without Men": A Polyphonic Novel. 35th Annual Meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America. San Francisco, Nov 17-20, 2001.

Forough Farrokhzad's Poetry and Post Modernism. Lecture series of the Department of Comparative Literature, Religion, and Film/Media Studies, University of Alberta. Edmonton. October 2001.

Professional Journal Articles

[w/ Nasrin Rahimieh and Manijeh Mannani] . “Canada, v. Iranian Community in Canada.” In Eshan Yarshater, ed., Encyclopaedia Iranica, vol. I-J. http://www.iranica.com/articlenavigation/index.html. New York: Columbia UP, 2003.

Public Lectures

“Women in the Constitutional Revolutionary Poetry .” In Persian Poetry Night by The Cultural Events at York University. July 2013.

“Ahmad Mahmud’s The Fig of Temple Tree as a modernist novel.” In Tehranto’s Book of the month. North York Civic Centre, Toronto. August 2013.

“Gender Equality in Iranian Cinema,” In University of Toronto Iranian Studies Seminar Series, Dep. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Nov. 23, 2012.

“Abbas Kiarostami and the Rostamabad Trilogy,” In the University of Toronto Na ma Na Film Group. Nov. 10, 2012.

“Research Report on Iranian cinema and Iranian Media,” In the Dep. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics meeting, York University. Oct 24, 2012.

“The concept of love in Rudaki’s poetry.” In Persian Poetry Night by Persian Society at York University. June 2012.

“The Poetry of Simin Behbahani, the Persian Ode Lady.” In Persian Poetry Night: a cultural event in Iranian Canadian community of Guelph. Winter 2011.

“The Impact of Tehran University on Women’s Education in Contemporary Iran. North York Civic Centre, Toronto, June 11 and 12, 2011. http://www.shahrvand.com/?p=15140

"Women Activists, Women Scholars: New Generation, New Methods, and New Perspectives.” Toronto. April 24th 2009. Coordinated by Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto. A Roundtable Discussion http://fa.shahrvand.com/2008-07-14-20-49-09/2008-07-14-20-50-43/2568-2009-04-30-02-01-12

“Iranian Cinema in a Widening Frame: Film and Politics”. In Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton. International Center. University of Alberta. May 2006.

“Canadian Poetry and Landscape: Persian Translation of Jonathan Hart’s Poems”. In Comparative Literature & Interdisciplinary Colloquium. University of Alberta, March 18-19, 2005.

“Commemorating A Poet: Space and Image in Manuchehr Atashi’s Poetry”. In Iranian Student Association Poetry Night. University of Alberta. November 25, 2005.

"Samira Makhmalbaf’s 'Apple' and the Iranian Society". Presented for the Edmonton Youth Program, Polish Society. November 2003.

"Ahmad Shamlu's Poetry from a Linguistic Point of View". In Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton. International Center. University of Alberta. August 2003.

"Magical Realist Novels in Contemporary Iranian Literature." in Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton. International Center. University of Alberta. Nov. 2002.

"Iranian Immigrants in Canada". Oct 2001.Coordinated by the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton

Creative Works

“Kiss the Rain” and “Halo of Blood”, two poems in Persian, Shahr-e Ma, June 2011, vol 345.

“Dream and Imagination: A Love Story” poem in Parsian, Mehregon, May 2011, vol. 15, no. 2. http://www.mehregon.com/literature/poem/khaterehsheibani

“I had a Dream” poem in Parsian, Mehregon, April 2010, vol. 3, no. 1. http://www.mehregon.com/mehregon/archive/2010/issue3/ihadadream

“Neda-ye Azadi (The Calling of Freedom” a poem in Persian, Shahrvand, 15 July 2009. http://fa.shahrvand.com/2008-07-14-20-52-51/47-2008-07-14-20-36-54/3092-2009-07-14-15-44-44

Forthcoming

“Motherhood in Iranian Cinema.” In Cinema and Motherhood in Contemporary Cinema. Ed. Asma Sayed. Demeter Press Canada, Spring 2014.

w/ Manijeh Mannani “Citizen Journalism on Fashion, Freedom and Female Agency.” Iranian Studies, June 2013.


Teaching:

Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/PERS2700 6.0  Persian Literature and Culture SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/PERS2800 6.0  Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics and Culture  LECT  

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2018 AP/PERS3801 3.0  The Representation of Femininity, Masculinity and Gender Roles in Modern Middle Eastern Cinemas SEMR