Roles of gender and women in the current protests in Iran

Bilingual Lecture Series

Roles of gender and women in the current protests in Iran

Panel discussion in Persian with Mohammad Ali Kadivar (Boston College), Mehrangiz Kar (Scholar), Zeynab Peyghambarzadeh (University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom), and Fatemeh Shams (University of Pennsylvania).

Sunday, October 30, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (Pacific Time)

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Topics of discussion will include

When protests become a revolution:
Are we witnessing a widespread revolutionary movement?  At what point would the political status quo change?

Visibility and voice:
Whose voices are being heard? How is the movement incorporating ethnic, gender, and class diversity, visibility, and belonging? How is the Iranian diaspora being embraced, and what is the global role in the movement?

The possible outcome(s):
What are the hopes for Iran as a country and as a people? How can these events shape Iran moving forward, and is a stable democracy in the country’s future? What is the global impact?



Mohammad Ali Kadivar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College. His work contributes to political and comparative-historical sociology by exploring the causes, dynamics, and consequences of protest movements. He is the author of Popular Politics and the Path to Durable Democracy.

Mehrangiz Kar earned her degree in law from the University of Tehran. She is a human rights lawyer and an internationally recognized writer, speaker, and activist who advocates for the defense of women’s and human rights in Iran and throughout the Islamic world. She is the author of Crossing the Red Line.

Zeynab Peyghambarzadeh is a researcher, lecturer, and queer feminist activist. They are a lecturer at Iran Academia and the co-founder and board member of Spectrum, a feminist, queer organization based in France and a Ph.D. researcher in Sociology at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom.

Fatemeh Shams is a specialist in Persian literature and currently serves as Assistant Professor of modern Persian literature at University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on the intersection of literature, politics, and society. She is the author of A Revolution in Rhyme: Poetic Co-option Under the Islamic Republic

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Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies, Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies, Musa Sabi Term Chair of Iranian Studies