"The Growing Popularity of Non-Standard Marriages and Unions in Iran and South West Asia/North Africa (SWANA)" with Janet Afary
UNC-Chapel Hill Persian Studies Program
Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora:
A Symposium in a Series of Panels
Horner Jarrahi Keynote Presentation
"The Growing Popularity of Non-Standard Marriages and Unions in Iran and South West Asia/North Africa (SWANA)"
with Dr. Janet Afary
From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for scholars. This symposium brings together a range of scholars from different disciplines focusing on modern Iran to analyze the wide variety of ways in which love and desire have been represented, imagined, and discursively constructed.