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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.

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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 producedfilms, 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 Landa dance project to capture the experienceof refugee women of sexual violence.

I am the Director of Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity, New College, University of Toronto (2018-). I was the Director of the Women and Gender Institute at the University of Toronto (2003-2008) and the recipient of Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies (2010). 

Over the years, I have written numerous articles and book chapters, and has been the guest editor of the special issue of many scholarly journals. My most recent books are Marxism and Feminism (editor, 2015) and co-authored with Sara Carpenter, Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge (2017). For more on my publications check this link: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/lhae/Faculty/1508/Shahrzad_Mojab.html

You can reach Shahrzad Mojab by email at: shahrzad.mojab@utoronto.ca.