for diasporas to overcome distances ( Helland 2007: 974 ). The formation of virtual ties in the information age has led to what Castells refers to as the rise of network society on a global scale ( Castells 2011 ). Studies on the Iranian diaspora
Iranians organizing across borders
Halleh Ghorashi and Nayereh Tavakoli
The Iranian revolution of 1979 promised to bring freedom and equality, but as soon as one group gained power, it turned out to be oppressive of both its political opposition and women. This resulted in the formation of a large Iranian diaspora bound together by its hatred for the Iranian regime. Years of suppression in the 1980s in Iran resulted in a deep gap between Iranians living inside and outside Iran. During the 1990s, however, cross-border relationships started to change as a result of two major factors: transnational activities and the influence of cyberspace. This paper focuses on the paradoxes of transnational connections in local protest with a focus on the women’s movement. We show both how transnational links have empowered women activists in Iran and how they have led to new dangers at the local level. We also reveal how support from the Iranian diaspora can be patronizing as well as supportive.
The Artistic and Diasporic Afterlife of the Iran-Iraq War
How do the cultural and emotional after-effects of the Iran-Iraq War influence artistic production among Iranian artists living outside of Iran? How do Iranian diaspora self-portraits act as socio-political memoirs? This article addresses these questions by looking at some examples of diaspora artists who through their art somehow remain political 'subjects' of contemporary Iran, even as they grapple with the complexities of 'being away' - if that is ever really possible.
Publications, Exhibitions and Conferences
Sara Farhan, Paul Fox, and Fakhri Haghani
about how she approached her task. What would have happened if her subjects had been photographed in communal settings? Would it have disclosed different representations of the Iranian diaspora? Javan’s photograph of Karen Zoll: Immigration 2012
Memory and Music Video in Post-Soviet Armenia
video cultures to issues of ethnic nationalism, diasporic transmission, and cultural memory. For instance, the mediascape of the Iranian diaspora in Los Angeles, studied by Hamid Naficy (2002) , was found to be characterized by an overbearing presence