Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Arzoo Osanloo -- Calling the French President's Wife a 'Prostitute': The Global Politics of Protecting Iranian Women

Thursday, November 4, 2010

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Pembroke Hall, 305

Part II in the “Circulations of Gender in Global Politics” Lecture Series, 2010-2011

Calling the French President's Wife a 'Prostitute': The Global Politics of Protecting Iranian Women

Arzoo Osanloo
(Ph.D. 2002, Anthropology/Stanford; J.D. 1993, American University, Washington College of Law) is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s Law, Societies, and Justice Program. She also holds Adjunct positions in the School of Law, Anthropology, Comparative Religion, Near East Languages and Civilizations, and Women’s Studies departments. 

Formerly an immigration and asylum/refugee attorney, Arzoo conducts research and teaches courses focusing on the intersection of law and culture, including human rights, refugee rights and identity, and women’s rights in Muslim societies. Her geographical focus is on the Middle East, especially Iran. Arzoo has published in various journals, including American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology and Iranian Studies. Her book, The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran (2009), is published by Princeton University Press. 

She is currently working on a new project that considers the Islamic mandate of forgiveness, compassion, and mercy in Iran’s criminal sanctioning system, jurisprudential scholarship and everyday acts among pious Muslims.

Location: Pembroke Hall, 305.

Sponsored by the Goldberger Lectureship, with assistance from the Department of Anthropology, the Global Humanities Initiative of the Cogut Center for the Humanities,
the Watson Institute for International Studies, and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.