Saturday 14 April

8.30-9.15am Registration and Coffee
9.15-9.30am Introductory Remarks: Zuzanna Olszewska (University of Oxford)
9.30-10.30am Keynote: William O. Beeman (University of Minnesota): “Persian, Dari and Tajik: A Shifting Linguistic Landscape.”
10.30-11am Coffee break
11.00am-1pm Panel 1: Living Vernacular Traditions in the Persianate World

Chair: Edmund Herzig (University of Oxford)

Margaret A. Mills (Ohio State University): “Life in War/War in Life: Afghan Personal Narratives, Traditional Speech Genres and Cultural Loss.”

Gabrielle van den Berg (Leiden University): “Language and Performance: Oral Traditions in Tajik Badakhshan.”

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw (Stanford University): “Vernacular Identity: Tehran’s Relationship with the Colloquial.”

1-2.30pm Lunch
2.30-4.30pm Panel 2: New Media: Blogs and Broadcasting at Home and in the Diaspora

Chair: Stephanie Cronin (University of Oxford)

Orkideh Behrouzan (University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston): “Dépréshen Translated: Memory Work and Emerging Psychiatric Discourses in Iranian Blogs.”

Sima Shakhsari (University of Houston): “Blogging for a Living and Politics of Rightful Killing: Persian Blogging, Gendered Soldiers, and Neoliberal Diasporic Entrepreneurship.”

Samad Alavi (UC Berkeley): “Parazit: Persian Satire in the Facebook Age”

4.30-5.30pm Drinks Reception (20 St. Giles’)
5.30-7.30pm Film Screening: Dar Nimparde-ye Shab, Avaz-e Aftab (dir. Reza Khakshur, 2011; in Persian without subtitles) and presentation/performance by Abdi Behravanfar on “The Repertoire of the Bakhshis [Traditional Master Musicians] of Northern Khorasan” (in Persian with translated handout; The Barn)


Sunday 15 April

10:30-11am Coffee
11am-1pm Panel 3: Genre, Gender and Generation in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Texts

Chair: Homa Katouzian (University of Oxford)

Niki Akhavan (Catholic University of America): “The Simple Language of War: Women Writers and the ‘Literature of the Holy Defense’.”

Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili (University of Oxford): “From Bullet to Bread: Verbal and Ideological Transformations in Qaysar Aminpur’s Poetic Discourse”

Nahid Siamdoust (University of Oxford): “Out of Tune: Islam as a Contested Idiom in Iranian Rap, Rock and Pop Music”

1-2.30pm Lunch
2.30-4.30pm Panel 4: Poetry as Life, Belief and Social Resource

Chair: Domenico Ingenito (University of Oxford)

Setrag Manoukian (McGill University): “Poetry as a Mode of Existence in Modern Iran.”

Zuzanna Olszewska (University of Oxford): “Generational Conflict and Authenticity of Expression in Afghan Poetry Circles.”

Benjamin Gatling (Ohio State University): “Mavlavi Jununi and New Sufi Poetics in Tajikistan.”

4:30-5pm Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Chair: Zuzanna Olszewska