Join us for the first St Hilda's Feminist Salon...
Fatemeh Shams in conversation with Zuzanna Olszewska
Dr Fatemeh Shams is an award-winning poet, writer and literary scholar. At the age of 17, she won the silver medal in the national Literature Olympiad and later pursued her passion for literature and social science at University of Tehran. In 2012, Fatemeh won Jaleh Esfahani poetry award for the best young Persian poet. Her first book of poetry was published in Berlin in 2013 under the title of '88'. Soon it became of the leading works of exile literature of Iran. Her second book, Writing in the Mist was published in 2014 in London and her third book, When They Broke Down the Door in 2015 in United States. She won Latifeh Yarshater literary prize in 2016 for her major contribution in expanding the stylistic and thematic borders of contemporary Persian poetry.
Dr Zuzanna Olszewska is Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of the Middle East at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, and a fellow of St. John's College. She specialises in the ethnography of Iran and Afghanistan, with a focus on Afghan refugees in Iran, the Persian-speaking Afghan diaspora, and the anthropology of literature and digital cultural production. She is the author of The Pearl of Dari: Poetry and Personhood among Young Afghans in Iran (Indiana University Press, 2015), an ethnographic inquiry into how poetic activity reflects changes in youth subjectivity in an Afghan refugee community, based on fieldwork with an Afghan cultural organisation in Mashhad, Iran.
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