SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Women and the ‘Arab Spring’: Lessons from Iran?

Professor Haideh Moghissi
Haideh Moghissi, Professor and Trudeau Fellow, Department of Equity Studies, York University, Toronto

Date: 6 March 2013Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 6 March 2013Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

The swift turn that the movement for democracy and social justice has taken in favour of Islamists signals the challenges ahead for progressive social forces including women’s rights activists in the region. This lecture examines whether there are lessons to be learned from Iran’s 1979 revolution.

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Prof Haideh Moghissi: Women and the ‘Arab Spring’: Lessons from Iran?


Haideh Moghissi is a Professor of sociology and women’s studies at York University in Toronto. She was a founder of the Iranian National Union of Women and member of its first executive and editorial boards, before leaving Iran in 1984. Her publications in English includes 7 monographs and edited volumes and articles in books and journals. Her Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2000 and Zed Press, 1999), winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award, has been translated to Korean and Indonesian. She was the principal investigator of a Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI,) from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2001-2006) and two other major grants from Ford Foundation (2002-2006 and 2006-10) for her research on gender and Muslim diasporas. In 2011 Professor Moghissi received a prestigious Pierre Elliot Trudeau research prize fellowship.

This event is supported by the Centre for Iranian Studies and the London Middle East Institute (LMEI).

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