This Flame Within: Iranian Revolutionaries in the US
- Organizer: NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
- Venue: Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
This Flame Within (Duke University Press, December 2022), Manijeh Moradian (Barnard College), tells the story of Iranian foreign students who came to the US in the 1960s and 1970s and joined a global uprising against US imperialism. The book investigates the transnational process that shaped revolutionary subjectivity and fueled a movement to end US support for the Shah of Iran. Drawing on in-depth interviews with veterans of the Iranian Students Association, the US affiliate of the Confederation of Iranian Students, as well as extensive archival research, the book traces “revolutionary affects” from encounters with imperialism and dictatorship in Iran to joint organizing with other radicalized student activists in the US. In the context of antiracist and anticolonial movements, the revolutionary affects of differently targeted populations converged into an “affects of solidarity,” an embodied force that animated Third World internationalism. Locating Iranian foreign students as participants in the Afro-Asian connections that marked a highpoint of the era, the book considers the gendered aspects of revolutionary affects as the conditions of possibility for the emergence of Third World feminism.
This book panel will feature the author in conversation with Karen Buenavista Hanna (Connecticut College) and Mitra Rastegar (New York University).
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