Thursday, March 7, 2019
4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
111 Thayer St.
Reception to follow
“Iran Today” is a year-long series of sophisticated discussions on contemporary Iranian society and culture intended to address the general lack of knowledge and sensational coverage circulated in US media.
For five centuries Iranian society and state remained engaged with such enduring tensions as state and religion, messianic movements, court and administration, center and periphery, the enemy within and outside, and monopoly of material resources. To what extent can one incorporate these and other compatible traits into a coherent historical narrative? Are there traceable trajectories and unresolved processes in Iran’s domestic, regional and global involvements, to make crafting of a longue durée possible without falling victim to historical essentialism?