The Iranian Zeitgeist at Bradford Lit Fest

7 Jul 2019 - 3.15PM

Sunday 7th July 2019


Bradford City Hall Banqueting Suite

Tickets £7/3/1 - buy HERE

Iran’s cultural contribution to the world is enormous, with the hugely influential poets Rumi and Ferdowsi, and contributions to mathematics, architecture, music and, more recently, cinema. After the Cultural Revolution, Iranian cinema became lauded at Cannes, Venice, and Berlin, with directors Kiarostami, Panahi and Farhadi establishing international reputations.

Despite the political upheavals of the last century, Iran’s cultural milieu remains vibrant, rich, and resilient, preserving its Persian heritage while remaining open to the influences of modernity.

To look at the wealth of contemporary Iranian art and culture, and the forces shaping it, we bring together artists Javaad Alipoor, Orkideh Behrouzan and Azadeh Moaveni in a panel discussion.

Hosted by Dr Afshin Shahi, a senior lecturer in Middle East politics and International Relations at Bradford University. He is a multilingual scholar and his research interests encompass sectarianism and the politics and security of the Middle East, with a particular focus on political Islam. He is the author of Politics of Truth Management in Saudi Arabia (Routledge 2013), and co-author of the forthcoming book, Iran: the Shia State and the Sunni Minority.

About the speakers:

Orkideh Behrouzan is a poet, author, and academic teaching at the Department of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. Behrouzan provided the introduction for the Comma anthology The Book of Tehran (2019).

Javaad Alipoor is a writer, director and sometimes performer whose work comes out of discussions and workshops with communities that don’t usually engage with mainstream theatre. His recent theatre work has included My Brother’s CountryOrgreave: An English Civil War and The Rising of the Moon.  He is a published poet and his writing about politics and theology have appeared in Critical Muslim.

Azadeh Moaveni is a journalist, academic, and writer. She reported on the Middle East for years as a correspondent for Time magazine, and is author of three books, including Lipstick Jihad, and the forthcoming Guest House for Young Widows, about the women of ISIS. She is Senior Gender Analyst at the International Crisis Group.