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The Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies Present: Iranian Women as Theatre-Makers: Witnesses and Whispers
Abstract:
Witnesses, whispers, and wigs in the plays created by contemporary Iranian women playwrights are ‘problematic’ markers of spatial and corporeal presence that fail to comply with stage regulations of Islamic decency fully yet manage to embody multiple and nuanced meanings and representations. In this presentation, I share what I learned from examining female theatre-makers’ use of witnesses and whispers of/about women in their private and public encounters. By looking at the narrative and aesthetics of plays, props, and processes, this presentation engages with the following questions: how do shared narratives and spaces in women’s performances invite spectators to bear witness and develop an ethical response? How do ‘problematic’ witnesses and whispers on stage simultaneously carry discourses on ambivalence and playfulness concerning values and virtues?

Guest Speaker:
Marjan Mousavi, PhD, Roshan Lecturer, University of Maryland

Marjan Moosavi is the Roshan Lecturer of Persian Studies and Performance at the University of Maryland, where she teaches courses about theatre, multimedia art, and activism through art in Iran and its diaspora. She has served as a faculty member and designed curricula for the University of Toronto, York University (Canada), Portland State University (U.S.A), and Parand Azad University (Iran). Marjan is the author of several scholarly articles, book chapters, and interviews published in Theatre Topics, The Drama Review (TDR), New Theatre Quarterly, Asian Theatre Journal, andEcumenica. She is the Principal Investigator and Curator for the First Photo Exhibition on the Middle Eastern Theatre, founder and the Principal Investigator of the First Digital Guide to Theater of the Middle East, and the Regional Managing Editor of the Iran section for TheTheatreTimes.com...

May 15, 2021 04:00 PM in Vancouver

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