SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Gender and the Entanglements of Power: The Politics of Stadium Access in Iran

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Dr Nazanin Shahrokni (LSE)

Date: 3 December 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 3 December 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Type of Event: Lecture


While much has been written about the impact of the 1979 Islamic revolution on life in Iran, discussions about the everyday life of Iranian women have been glaringly missing. In Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran (UC Press, 2019) I offer an inquiry into gender segregation policies and women’s rights in contemporary Iran by focusing both on politics writ large as well as the way these are experienced in women’s everyday lives.

In this talk, I discuss the state policies regarding women’s access to public spaces, by focusing on and historicizing the ban on women's sports spectatorship in Iran, intrastate divides and international dynamics that have contributed to the longevity of the ban, as well as the ways in which the ban has affected the everyday lives of Iranian women. Indeed, an assorted domestic and international actors has been involved in such decisions and displayed considerable inconsistency over time in their positions. Women, their rights, and their bodies have been used by a variety of state and non-state actors to make claims to political power. Thus, I contend, gender segregation constitutes a means of circumscribing the boundaries of the political itself.


Dr. Shahrokni is Assistant Professor of Gender and Globalisation, Department for Gender Studies, LSE. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining the Gender Studies Department at LSE, she held positions in various international settings such as Syracuse University, Lund University, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and the American University of Beirut. She is on the Executive Board of the International Sociological Association, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Middle Eastern Women's Studies. Her research interests fall at the intersection of gender politics, feminist geography, and ethnographies of the state in Iran, the Middle East, and beyond. She is the author of the forthcoming book Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran (University of California Press, 2019) and a number of articles including of Patriarchal Accommodations: Women’s Mobility and the Policies of Gender Difference from Urban Tehran to Migrant Mexico.

Chair: Narguess Farzad (SOAS)

Contact email: Aki Elborzi

Organiser: SOAS Middle East Institute and the Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS