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SEMINAR: The Formation of Grass-roots Heritage Movements In Iran

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In this presentation, I examine the activities of a group of heritage enthusiasts in Iran. Grass-roots heritage activism is a relatively recent phenomenon that appeared in Iran since the late 1990s. Activists often operate collectively, as NGOs that focus on heritage. They represent a range of cultural and socioeconomic origins with different political views. However, they share a certain ambivalence towards and critical approach to official, state definitions of heritage and identity. By referring to data collected through fieldwork I argue that these activities constitute a form of heritage movement and outline some of the characteristics of this movement.

Ali Mozaffari is a Fellow of the Australian Research Council with the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University. Through his research, he seeks to understand the uses of the past in contemporary discourses of heritage and built environment in Iran and West Asia. His publications include Forming National Identity in Iran: The Idea of Homeland Derived from Ancient Persian and Islamic Imaginations of Place (2014) and World Heritage in Iran: Perspectives on Pasargadae (2016), and “Picturing Pasargadae: Visual Representation and the Ambiguities of Heritage in Iran” (Iranian Studies, 2017).
Speaker(s) Ali Mozaffari
Location Fishbowl (SSCI 1.93, Archaeology Teaching Lab)
Contact Martin Porr <martin.porr@uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 02 Aug 2019 15:00
End Fri, 02 Aug 2019 16:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <ss@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 30 Jul 2019 10:26
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