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Painting based on SOAS scholar’s work to be exhibited at iconic Tokyo station

28 February 2019

A painting based on the work of Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies at SOAS University of London will be displayed at Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan next month.

Floral paintings by Lida Sherafatmand, which depict nationalism and identity as part of main international social concerns, will be seen by more than 2 million passengers who pass through the Shibuya Station in Tokyo from 5-11March 2019. The painting “Iran’s Soul” is inspired by Professor Adib-Moghaddam’s book Psycho-Nationalism: Global thought, Iranian imaginations (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Lida Sherafatmand,’s work examines the idea of “Psycho-nationalism” which shows how a national identity is built by the cherry-picking of existing characteristics. The symbolism of this painting mirrors also the core concept of the book: the true identity of a country lies in the daily lives of its people.

Professor Adib-Moghaddam earlier this year took part in a lecture tour of Japan where he was visiting upon official invitation of IDE-JETRO, the semi-governmental research wing of the Japanese Ministry of Economy.

As a part of the tour he gave public lectures at Doshisha University in Kyoto as the 62nd Public Seminar moderated by Professor Hisae Nakanishi and introduced by Professor Ada Cohen, at the Research Centre for Science and Technology (RCAST) of the University of Tokyo, moderated by its Director, Professor Satoshi Ikeuchi and at an invitation only lecture at the headquarters of IDE in Tokyo city.