SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

Modernisation and Spatial Transformation of Muharram Processions in Iran

Reza Masoudi Nejad, SOAS

Date: 28 November 2018Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 28 November 2018Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: 21/22 Russell Square Room: T101

Type of Event: Seminar

The Iranian city experienced a major transformation when the Pahlavi Dynasty initiated the project of modernization in the 1920s. Based on his recently published book: The Rite of Urban Passage, Reza will talk about the spatial reading of rituals, and in particular discuss the re-organisation of Muharram procession routes during the transformation of Iranian cities.

Reza Masoudi Nejad is an urbanist, who is generally interested in the spatial organisation of collective actions, with a particular focus on religious rituals, urban violence, and protest in Iran and India. He is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of History and Research Associate at Department of Anthropology, SOAS. He has been a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO), Berlin. He received his PhD from the Bartlett School of Built Environment, UCL.

Chair: Nima Mina, SLCL SOAS

Organised by: School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, SOAS and the Centre for Iranian Studies

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