Iran’s Women, Life, Freedom Movement: One Year Later

Program September 14, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

On September 16, 2022, Mahsa Jina Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died in police custody in Iran after being arrested for "improper" veiling. Her death set off unprecedented protests nationwide under the Kurdish slogan "Women, Life, Freedom,” resulting in thousands of arrests, detainments, and several executions.

Iran’s Women, Life, Freedom Movement: One Year Later, a panel discussion presented by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and in conjunction with the Rose’s exhibition Arghavan Khosravi: Black Rain, will explore where the movement is today and its short-and long-term political, cultural, and economic impact. 

The program is free and open to all and will be presented in-person and available online for live streaming. Middle Eastern fare and refreshments will be served.


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Mohammad Ali Kadivar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2016 to 2018, Kadivar was a postdoctoral fellow at Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Kadivar's first book Popular Politics and the Path to Durable Democracy was published in November 2022 with Princeton University Press.

Arang Keshavarzian is an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He is the author of Bazaar and State in Iran: The Politics of the Tehran Marketplace and co-editor, with Ali Mirsepassi, of Global 1979: Geographies and Histories of the Iranian Revolution (Cambridge, 2021). His forthcoming book Making Space for the Gulf: Histories of Regionalism and the Middle East will be published by Stanford University Press in Spring 2024.

Nazanin Shahrokni is Associate Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. She is the author of Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran (University of California Press 2020). Nazanin currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association and on the Council of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. 

Naghmeh Sohrabi is the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History and the Director for Research at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.


This program is presented by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and hosted by the Rose Art Museum.

Crown Center for Middle East Studies