A Personal Archive of the Islamic Revolution in “I Am Trying to Remember”
Pegah Ahangarani’s documentary short uses family photos and archival footage to tell the story of a dark moment in modern Iranian history.
No Woman's Land was a interdisciplinary production that explored real stories of women in refugee camps. It was developed in collaboration with Doris Rajan of the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS), and with the consultation of Dr. Shahrzad Mojab.
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This website is regularly updated and expanded with the goal of including more writing and art works from the Middle East and North Africa. This website is a space for the voices of political prisoners. It archives books, films, music, art productions, journal articles, and web-based materials as well as lists the events, conferences, and seminars on the topic of prison in the Middle East.
I am a scholar/activist and professor at the Women and Gender Studies Institute and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. My areas of research and teaching are: educational policy studies; gender, state, diaspora and transnationality; women, war, militarization and violence; women, war and learning; feminism, anti-racism, colonialism and imperialism; and Marxist-feminism, revolutionary learning and praxis. My approach to the study of race, gender, class, nationality, transnationality, and ethnicity is informed by feminist and dialectical and historical materialism. I am critical of theoretical frameworks which treat race, gender, and class atomistically and reduce them to the domains of discourse, text, language, or identity. I critique monopolies of knowledge and power in education, and advocate dialogical and inclusive pedagogical practices.
In recent years, I have attempted to diversify the dissemination of my research results and have used the art forms of dance, drama, storytelling, film, and visual arts to capture the experience, desires, and dreams of political prisoners and activists. I have produced films, worked on dance projects, and curated an exhibition to speak about the experience of women encountering patriarchal capitalist state violence in prisons and refugee camps. These projects are funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council. In March 2019, I collaborated with Roshanak Jaberi and Doris Rajan on No Woman’s Land, a dance project to capture the experience of refugee women of sexual violence.
Over the years, I have written numerous articles and book chapters, they have also been translated into Arabic, Persian, Kurdish, French, Swedish, and German. My most recent books include: Marxism and Migration (co-edited with Genevie Ritchie and Sara Carpenter, 2022); Women of Kurdistan: A Historical and Bibliographical Study (co-authored with Amir Hassanpour, 2021); Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge (co-authored with Sara Carpenter, 2017). For more on my publications check this link.
I have also published extensively on the revolts of women, students, and nationalities in Iran. Below are details on some of these.
Mojab, S. (2022). “Women and Education in the Middle East and North Africa.” In George Noblit (Ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.ORE_EDU-01544.R1
Mojab, S. (2022). “Women and Revolution in the Middle East.” in Suad Joseph and Zeina Zaatari (Eds.) Handbook on Women in the Middle East. New York: Routledge, pp. 197-211.
Marx and I as part of my radical pedagogy collective production.
My podcasts related to revolutionary pedagogy:
The Pedagogy of Revolution: Unsettling History. Episode 10. Liberation Pedagogy Podcast.
Capitalist Patriarchy and the Gendered War. Women and War: A Feminist Podcast. University of Oxford.
You can reach Shahrzad Mojab by email at: email@example.com.