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Profs and Pints DC presents: “The Women’s Uprisings in Iran,” with Narges Bajoghli, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, co-director of the school’s Rethinking Iran Initiative, and author of Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic.
[This is a special encore of an excellent talk that sold out when staged in November. It will be staged in Penn Social, the large space below Little Penn Coffeehouse, to accommodate everyone who wants to attend.]
The streets of Iran are filled with chants of “Women! Life! Freedom!” as that nation experiences something many assumed would never happen there: An uprising against its political leadership led by women and girls.
Sparked by the September 16th killing of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Jina Amini, while in the custody of Iran’s “morality police” for failing to comply with Islamic dress codes, the movement has at its heart an insistence that there is no such thing as political freedom without bodily autonomy. It has spread throughout Iran—prompting a government crackdown that has killed hundreds—and given rise to new visions for political futures both in Iran and globally.
Come gain a firm understanding of these uprisings and what they mean for Iran and the rest of the world with the help of Narges Bajoghli, an award-winning political anthropologist, writer, and professor whose past research on Iran has given her unprecedented access to those in power as well as to the social movements struggling against the state.
Dr. Bajoghli will discuss the women and girls at the forefront of this movement and how they are refusing to comply any longer with laws and systems that oppress them. She’ll update us on the latest developments in the movement, analyze what the movement means for Iranian society and politics, and look at its prospects of withstanding government efforts to squelch dissent long enough to bring real change. (Advance tickets: $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Doors: $17, or $15 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself plenty of time to place orders and get settled in.)
Image: Protesters on Tehran’s Keshavarz Boulevard in September. Photo by Darafsh Kaviyani / Wikimedia Commons.