Global Iran: Reflections on the Modern Period

2015 Mirhady Endowed Lecture

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 7:00 PM
Fletcher Challenge Theater
SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.

Modern Iran is often examined as a nation-state or as part of the Middle East. What insights do we gain when analyzing it through the lens of global developments and vice versa? This is the question at the heart of my talk, which focuses on three themes. Two are historical: Iranian thinkers of globalization and 1970s Iran as part of accelerating globalization. The third is historiographic, exploring possible contributions of (Iranian) area studies to writing global histories.

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Please reserve your spot using the form below.

About the speaker

Cyrus Schayegh is an Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His forthcoming book, Transnationalization: A History of the Modern Middle East (Harvard University Press, 2015), examines the sociospatial manifestations of economic, cultural, and administrative processes in Greater Syria (present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel/Palestine) during a transformative century, from 1850-1950. 

Dr. Schayegh is the author of Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950 (University of California Press, 2009), an important and timely analysis of the role of the biomedical sciences in the emergence of a modern Iranian class system.

"[Cyrus Schayegh] has accomplished the most thorough work of research that I am familiar with in the field of twentieth-century Iranian history." H.E. Chehabi (Boston University).

Drs. Fereidoun and Katharine Mirhady Endowment in Support of the Mirhady Lectureship in Iranian Studies

The Drs. Fereidoun and Katharine Mirhady Endowment was established at Simon Fraser University in 2002 through the generosity of Dr. Fereidoun Mirhady and Dr. Katharine Mirhady. The Drs. Fereidoun and Katharine Mirhady Endowment supports the activities of the Mirhady Lectureship in Iranian Studies.

Dr. Fereidoun Mirhady (MD Vienna 1945) and Dr. Katharine Mirhady (MD Toronto 1948) met in London, England while doing post-graduate work and moved to Canada in 1951, where they practised medicine (pediatrics) for almost 50 years, mainly in Vancouver. Dr. Fereidoun Mirhady was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and served as a doctor during his Iranian military service in northern Iran before emigrating. He was Emeritus Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia school of Medicine. Dr. Katharine Mirhady (nee Stouffer) was born in Stouffville, Ontario, near Toronto. Besides her medical practice, she has served as Chairman of the Vancouver School Board and on the boards of numerous community organizations. They have five children and twelve grandchildren.

The purpose of the endowment is to promote interest and research in Iranian and Persian studies, including the Persian language, history, literature,societies and culture of Iran and other Persian-speaking regions. Activities may include an annual lectureship, Persian language courses, or other activities as determined by the Mirhady Lectureship Committee and administered through the Department of History at Simon Fraser University.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 7:00 PM