Moments of Silence Conference

16 March 2011

The Authentic Literary Narratives of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)
This conference will provide a space for literary and artistic expressions based on the Iran-Iraq War, as developed in these two societies. Situating these literary productions in their historical contexts, this conference will demonstrate how official efforts to appropriate the narratives of war have created the problem of authenticity for these narratives. This forum is particularly invested in highlighting historically marginalized voices, such as the role of minorities, and advancing a theoretical framework that transcends nationalist and political paradigms.

March 15-17, 2011
Conference Conveners
Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami Professor of Persian, NYU
Shouleh Vatanabadi Professor of Global Cultures, NYU
Arta Khakpour
Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi
March 15, 2011
• 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Panel 1: Transnational Contexts: Inter-connected Histories, Geographies and Languages
• 1:00 – 2:30 pm Panel 2: Theorizing Cultural Expressions of War
• 3:00 – 4:30 pm Readings: Excerpts from Literary Production of the Iran-Iraq War
• 5:00 – 6:15 pm Film: Kilometer Zero by Hinêr Saleem
March 16, 2011
• 9:30 – 11:00 am Panel 3: Literary Narratives of War
• 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Panel 4: War through Visual Representations
• 2:00 – 3:30 pm Panel 5: War and Accommodating Literary Genres
• 4:00 – 5:30 pm Film (excerpts)
March 17, 2011
• 2:00 – 3:00 pm Thematic Conversation
• 7:00 – 8:00 pm Public Lecture: Survival: In the Folds of War
Please Note Location: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

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Significance and Function of Oral History in Documenting Organizational Knowledge and History – 2

Dr. Abolfazl Hasanabadi, Dr. Habibollah Esmaeeli and Dr. Mehdi Abolhasani participated in the fifth meeting out of the series of meetings on oral history in Iran hosted by Mrs. Mosafa. In the meeting set up in the History Hallway of the Clubhouse, they talked about “the significance and function of oral history in documenting organizational knowledge and history”. In continuation of the show, the host invited Dr. Hasanabadi to continue talks about ...

Book review: “Line of Blacksmiths”

Autobiographical memoirs of a young man from Dezful during the imposed war The "Line of Blacksmiths" uses a beautiful front cover which enjoys elegance and taste in its design; as the selected text on the back cover is proof of the authenticity and belief that shows the Iranian combatant proud and the real winner of the imposed war: "I went to get my gun. They were looking at me. Their crying and begging increased.

Excerpts from Memoirs of Abdullah Salehi

On the 28th of September 1980, in the back alleys of the Taleghani [Khorramshahr] neighborhood, we clashed with Iraqi artillery. Speed of action was important. If we reacted late, the rackets would hit us. Sometimes I lurked behind the alleys so that I could surprise the Iraqis. In one of these ambushes, I turned off the car so that they would not hear his voice. I was waiting for the head of the truck to be found across the street.

A Review of the Book "Ismail Nazr-Aftab"

Memoirs of a captive named Ismail Karimian Shaddel
When our gaze passes through the cheerful and smiling face of Ishmael among the white bouquet on a light blue background and stops on the back cover of the book, we empathize with him through these few sentences of the narrator in his journey: "I knew from the way the tires were moving that the car was moving on the asphalt road. I lost consciousness again. I woke up to vague sounds like the voices of women and children.