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Gender in the Iranian Archives

October 19, 2022 - October 21, 2022

Gender in the Iranian Archives will be a workshop series which brings together established and emerging Iranian Studies scholars and archivists for a series of guided sessions on archival research focused on how to trace histories of gender and sexuality in the archives of modern Iran. Building on the experience of scholars who have incorporated feminist methodologies in their research and writing, the series will offer insight on how archival practices can develop to foster and promote gender as a historical category of analysis.

The workshop series will include four 90-minute sessions which will bring attention to the value of the archives as a repository of gender history while acknowledging limits in representation and modes of historical recording of marginalized figures. Participants will collectively work through the process of researching and writing about these topics, with the intention of creating better cataloguing, research, and archival practices for future generation of scholars. The workshop has the goal of providing graduate student participants in particular with personalized archival research support, and an opportunity to develop their emerging work in conversation with established scholars. It aims to establish a network of expertise, for the benefit of current and future researchers, and to document the understudied gender histories of modern Iran.

The final program of the workshop will be available on our websites on October 1st, 2022.


This workshop is open to all scholars, students, researchers, artists, archivist and library science professionals with reading facility in Persian, Urdu and/or Arabic.

Participants are required to send
  • A 300 words proposal outlining their current projects that relates to workshop themes and topic.
  • A short bio no longer than 150 words.

Please visit the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies (iranianstudies.utoronto.ca) for more details. You can apply directly on the website or send your applications to research@tavakoliarchives.ca.

The workshop is collaboratively hosted by York University’s Department of History, The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies and generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University.



October 19, 2022
October 21, 2022
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