I am Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, where I also teach at the department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Currently, I am working on the aesthetic presentations of war and the post-war conditions in Iran and Lebanon. My past research was on the narration of trauma in the public realm. My study examines how painful memories are recalled, retold, and shaped into coherent stories. Currently, my work is focused on three general case studies: the Iranian pro-government literature of the 1980-88 war against Iraq, generally dubbed as "Sacred Defense Literature" (Adabiyat-e Defa-e Moghaddas), the Palestinian literature after the First Intifada, and the American literature of the wars in the Middle East after 9/11, including novels and memoirs by war veterans.
Trauma, the pain that is indelible and irresolvable, has been the focus of critical attention since the Holocaust; its pertinence to contemporary conditions has only grown ever since. My past and current works contribute to the ongoing debates about how to read memories of horror and pain in a global context.
Below you can see a short presentation, delivered for the final round of 3 Minute Thesis competition in 2016, in which I explain why and how a project such as mine matters for the general public.