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Lecture: “Modernity, Subjectivity and Sexual Violence: Stories From Iran” by Dr. Shahla Talebi

April 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

What is the relationship between our sense of the self and sexual violence that for many individuals it appears so radically different from other forms of violence?  Why do we so often attribute such significance to sexuality that makes it possible for sexual violence to become profound means of asserting power for its perpetrators?  What is behind the visceral experience of this kind of violence that the theoretical renditions on power or torture do not seem to adequately capture?  What kind of connection is there between our subjectivity and sexuality and modernity?  This presentation seeks to engage these questions through an ethnographic reading of various forms of sexual violence in the stories of three former women Iranian political prisoners.

Shahla Talebi is a social cultural anthropologist (BA, UC, Berkeley, MA & PhD Columbia University), currently an associate professor of religious studies and faculty of anthropology of religion in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.


April 4, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm