The majority of people operate within the norms of the society they live in. Iran over the past three decades has been subject to many political and social changes, which continue to impact on life on many levels. By and large, the Iranian people have adapted to the dynamic social and political changes within Iran, and have also had to come to terms with the changing face of Iran in the international arena. Once welcome visitors around the world, many Iranians now find themselves regarded as nationals of a ‘pariah state’. A panel of Iranian female academics and artists discuss the socio/political and historical context within which art and culture operate in Iran. The session is chaired by Dr Sahar Rad, of the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Roya Arab is Honorary Research Assistant at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Her research focuses on the uses and abuses of the past in the present.
Ladan Razeghi, was formerly an editor on Press TV and is currently completing an MA in Digital Media at London Metropolitan University.
Dr Sahar Rad studied for her PhD at SOAS, where she is currently a research partner at the Centre for Development Policy and Research and a member of the Centre for Palestine studies.
Shirin Shafaie received her MSc in Middle East Politics at SOAS where she is currently completing her PhD on critical war studies, including the Iran-Iraq war and Iranian war narratives.
Mehrnaz Shahabi is an independent researcher. She is the author of "The Oxford Research Group and the West’s Discourse on Iran" (Fair Observer, June 2012) which is a critical review of the ORG’s briefing "Iran Nuclear Impasse: Breaking the Deadlock".
Haleh Anvari is an Iranian artist and the founder of AKSbazi.com a crowd sourcing photographic website designed to break visual clichés of Iran. She is currently the Executive Director the Iran Heritage Foundation, a UK based charity that supports and promotes Iranian culture.
Tickets include Iranian tea and biscuits.
Image: ‘Help me out’ by Ladan Razeghi