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Sanaz Nasirpour

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

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Paradoxes of transnational space and local activism

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.

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Facing the Future

The Artistic and Diasporic Afterlife of the Iran-Iraq War

Roxanne Varzi

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.

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Afsaneh Hojabri

Introduction: Explosion of Iranian Diasporic Writing since the 1990s Starting in the early 1990s, over a decade after the 1979 Iranian revolution, the literature produced by the Iranian diaspora (mostly in North America and Western Europe

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Entanglements with the ‘Sea’

Persian Poetry and Diasporic Iranian Literature in Australia

Nasim Yazdani and Michele Lobo

The Iranian diaspora in Australia is growing, and the total population increased to 58,112 persons in 2016 ( DPC 2018 ). This increase was supported by a special humanitarian assistance programme introduced in 1981 that welcomed Baha'is seeking to

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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

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Tiziana Soverino, Evgenia Mesaritou, Thomas M. Wilson, Steve Byrne, Dino Vukušić, Fabiana Dimpflmeier, Eva-Maria Walther, and Eva Schwab

Iranian diaspora is divided into subgroups with significantly different worldviews, ranging from Muslim to secular and from monarchist to leftist. The evaluation of the Facebook group reveals that the Iranian diaspora in Germany is polarised and argues

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Doing Gender Research as a ‘Gendered Subject’

Challenges and Sparks of Being a Dual-Citizen Woman Researcher in Iran

Rassa Ghaffari

into play their body and their subjectivity ( Semi 2010 ). Douglas Ezzy (2010: 169) , likewise, argues ‘research is also embodied, emotional, and performed’. As a young woman, a researcher based in a foreign university and a daughter of the Iranian

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Staging Sassoun

Memory and Music Video in Post-Soviet Armenia

Rik Adriaans

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