"Aziz’s Notebook: At the Heart of the Iranian Revolution"
The talk will look at the 1979 revolution in Iran and its aftermath through personal memoirs and life histories. These testimonies shed a new light on the processes and events leading from the Iranian revolution to the Islamic Republic. What happened between 1981 and 1988 within Iranian society, as the country was undergoing a long-lasting external war with Iraq? The analysis is based on the everyday experiences of state control and repression after the 1979 revolution, specifically regarding episodes of mass violence that have been occulted in the official historical narratives of the Islamic state.How did new state apparatuses emerge through practices of violence and control over society, and within overlapping legal, para-legal and extra-judicial processes? How are lived memories of post-revolutionary repression transmitted from one generation to the other in a context of disruption and denial, and how do they shape contemporary political life? These questions will hopefully contribute to understand what is happening today in Iran, and the challenges facing revolutions in the Middle East.
Chowra Makaremi is a tenured researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal. Currently, her work focus on violence, the anthropology of law and the state, and processes of subjectivation at the margins. She is the author of Le cahier d'Aziz. Au cœur de la révolution iranienne (Paris: Gallimard, 2011
Sponsored by: Anthropology, Asian Studies, International Studies, and the Office of the Dean of Faculty