I am Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media.
I was trained in France, the United Kingdom, Iran and the United States (Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Harvard University) before coming to Australia in 2013. I frequently travel to Iran for research fieldworks.
I am interested in modern and contemporary Middle Eastern literatures, particularly in Persian literature; World Literature; literature and globalization; sociology of literature; Digital Humanities.
Between 2015 and 2019, I was an Australia Research Council DECRA Fellow at UNSW and worked on: "A Global Comparative Study of Contemporary Iranian Literature". This project reveals how literature circulates in a globalized world and evidences the diversity generated out of globalization processes. As a case study of a rich culture constrained by recent political changes and decentralized in diasporic communities, the Iranian example is particularly significant in considering non-Western types of globalization. Detailing how national and global literary practices are connected, this project is the first comparative study examining Iranian literatures and their circulation on a global scale, in Iran and in the Iranian diaspora in Australia, the United States and Western Europe.
I am interested in translation studies and in the practice of translation. My translations of Iranian short stories into French have been published in literary journals, and I have translated Persian texts into English with Ali Alizadeh.
I am editor for the Persian/Iranian Writing and Culture volume of The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. Dr Robert Clark: http://www.litencyc.com, and editor for the Modern Persian literature section of Abstracta Iranica (Peeters publishers). I am also Book Review Editor for Cultural Studies for the journal Iranian Studies.
My Academia profile is here.
Current PhD supervision:
Joint supervisor: Elham Naeej "Romance, Women and Liminality in Contemporary Iran "
Max Bledstein, Scientia PhD "Terrors of Identity: Depictions of Historical Trauma in Contemporary Iranian Horror Cinema"
Adineh Khojastehpour "Cross-cultural adaptations in Iranian cinema"
Secondary supervisor: Mazda Moradabbasi "Literary Adaptation in Iranian Cinema"
Mariya Nikolova "Re-Considering American Avant-Garde and Neo-Avant-Garde Literature"
Setayesh Nooraninejad "The Writing Culture of Ordinary People in Iran During the War Years (1980-1988)" (PhD at ANU)
Successful Honours completion: Joyce Chew (2017)