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

Number of Visits: 5528


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Loss of Memory in Pahlavi Prisons

In total, [I was in prison] about 6 years in two arrests. For the first time after several years, a soldier arranged my escape. I do not know why! Maybe he was one of the influential elements of Islamic groups. They took me to the hospital for the treatment of my hand, which was broken due to the callousness of an officer.

Hajj Pilgrimage

I went on a Hajj pilgrimage in the early 1340s (1960s). At that time, few people from the army, gendarmerie and police went on a pilgrimage to the holy Mashhad and holy shrines in Iraq. It happened very rarely. After all, there were faithful people in the Iranian army who were committed to obeying the Islamic halal and haram rules in any situation, and they used to pray.

A section of the memories of a freed Iranian prisoner; Mohsen Bakhshi

Programs of New Year Holidays
Without blooming, without flowers, without greenery and without a table for Haft-sin , another spring has been arrived. Spring came to the camp without bringing freshness and the first days of New Year began in this camp. We were unaware of the plans that old friends had in this camp when Eid (New Year) came.

Attack on Halabcheh narrated

With wet saliva, we are having the lunch which that loving Isfahani man gave us from the back of his van when he said goodbye in the city entrance. Adaspolo [lentils with rice] with yoghurt! We were just started having it when the plane dives, we go down and shelter behind the runnel, and a few moments later, when the plane raises up, we also raise our heads, and while eating, we see the high sides ...