Entanglements with the ‘Sea’

Persian Poetry and Diasporic Iranian Literature in Australia

in Anthropology of the Middle East
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  • 1 Deakin University n.yazdani@deakin.edu.au
  • 2 Deakin University michele.lobo@deakin.edu.au
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Abstract

Displacement following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and later political instability in the Middle East, has led to the increase of Iranian migrants to Australia and beyond, many of whom live in exile and can never return. This article explores how Iranian conceptualisations of the sea provide a framework for entanglements with nature and the environment that are poetic and turbulent, and provides insights into nostalgia and belonging. It explores some entanglements with the ‘sea’ in the work of classical and contemporary Persian poets, diasporic Iranian women's literature, artwork and memories of newcomers of Iranian heritage who seek asylum in Australia. The article also highlights the connections between poet and world through investigating the role of the geographical realm and nostalgia in producing the worlds of human relations and thoughts with the place.

Contributor Notes

Nasim Yazdani is a landscape urbanist and researcher at Deakin University. She has conducted research on cultural and historical landscapes and the use and perception of ethnic minority groups, focusing upon how landscape architecture interacts with human activity. She has also contributed to research on encounters between different ethnicities in urban spaces, and geopoetics in association with urban landscape and seascape at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Her area of research is included landscape architecture, architectural history and theory, urban environment and ethnicity, immigration and belonging, and environmental behaviour in multicultural urban public spaces. Email: n.yazdani@deakin.edu.au, nasim.yazdani.researchnet@gmail.com

Michele Lobo is Lecturer in Geography within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Her research explores difference, encounter and co-belonging in the Anthropocene. She serves as Editor of Social & Cultural Geography, Book Review Editor of the Postcolonial Studies Journal and Co-Convenor of the Institute of Australian Geographers (Cultural Geography Study Group). She has recently published in Economic and Political Weekly (2019), Geoforum (2019), Area (2019), Geohumanities (2019) and Urban Studies (2018). Email: michele.lobo@deakin.edu.au

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