موضوع: تجدید تشیع ایران در عصر سرمایه داری متاخر
By: Dr. Babak Rahimi
(Speech is in Persian)
Since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq a general consensus has emerged, specially in the American press and policy circles, that the conflict and instability that has emerged from Iraq and, later, in the Levant has shaken the delicate balance of power between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the region. The ongoing conflict is one that is gathering strength as a result of increasing religious fervor led by major state actors such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, vying for power over the Levant, Persian Gulf and the great Middle East. In this talk such sectarian-oriented discourse will be argued against and expand the discussion on the current conflict in terms of changing relations between state power and global capitalism. The talk primarily focuses on Iranian Shi’ism and its changing socio-cultural formation and its political manifestation since 1979. What the discussion focuses on is less on religion as an organized institution but the marketization of religion and its varied political implications in the formation of post-welfare state. The current conflict reflects a deep-seated change in political power through which religion undergoes a major transformation in form and practice in the era of late capitalism.
About the speaker:
Babak Rahimi earned his PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2004) and obtained an M.A. in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (1997). In 2000-2001, he was a Visiting Fellows at the Department of Anthropology, the London School of Economics and Political Science. His monograph, Theater-State and Formation of the Early Modern Public Sphere in Iran: Studies on Safavid Muharram Rituals, 1590-1641 C.E. (Brill 2011), traces the origins of the Iranian public sphere in the early-seventeenth century Safavid Empire with a focus on the relationship between state-building, urban space and ritual culture. Rahimi is also the co-editor (David Faris) of Social Media in Iran (SUNY Press 2015), an edited volume that explores the cultural and political impact of the Internet on Iranian society. His articles have appeared in Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology, International Political Science Review, International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Middle East Journal, The Communication Review, and Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies. Rahimi has been an expert guest on various media programs like The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, BBC and CNN, in addition to NPR and On the Media. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Internet Institute, University of Oxford (2010) and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The historical and social contexts that inspire his research range from early modern Islamicate societies to contemporary Iran.
Short Presentation: روش های نوین ساخت آهنگ در موسیقی مدرن امروزی
Farid Afshari, head of Piano Training Center School in San Diego and Orange County, graduated from Oxford University.
Masih Salafzoon, the founder and head of Delnavazan Daf Group in San Diego.
The general meeting will be started with a short presentation about music composition followed by Persian Music Performance by leaders of Delnavazan Daf Group and music school of Piano Training center:
Masih Salafzoon & Farid Afshari
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - Dinner and Networking (Dinner will not be served after 6:45pm)
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm - Announcements and short presentation
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm - Break and Networking
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Main presentation and Q&A