PhD, Performance Studies/Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London, 2020

My practice-based doctoral thesis focuses on the creation of alternative emancipatory spaces of everyday life, through transgressive performances. I specifically look into singing by Iranian women and how, with all the cultural and legal obstacles, they find ways to express themselves through their voice. Exploring tactics with which to reclaim space used by women, I propose focusing on the body and the ephemerality of performance.

As part of my academic training I've passed courses and have gained experiences in these:

  • Qualitative Research Methods and Mixed Methods;

  • Academic Training (Teaching) in Higher Education;

  • Practice-based, art as research methodologies, socially-engaged art practice.


MA Fine Art (Distinction), Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL, 2012

BA Architecture, Art University of Tehran, 2010

Additional training:

Academic Practice Certificate – Goldsmiths University of London 2020

Teaching Critical Thinking through Art – Harvard University 2020


Guest Lecturer, MA Art and Politics, Goldsmiths, Spring term 2020

Tutor, Art History/Storytelling, Scholar Programme, The Brilliant Club, Summer term 2020

Workshop on feminist interventions for MA gender and culture, Goldsmiths, London 2020

Workshop on performance and architecture, Tehran, Iran, 2016

Workshop on site-specific art, Kaarnamaa, Charsoo Art Institute, Tehran, Iran, 2016

Workshop on place in performance, Private, keep out! with Helen Paris and Leslie Hill, Hasting, UK, 2016

Workshop on artistic intervention, Rediscovering the Radical Conference, Liverpool, UK, 2016

Selected Events, Exhibitions, Conferences, Performances and Talks

Conferences and Symposiums:

  • Sound: Gender: Feminism: Activism, Tokyo, 2019

  • ASTR (American Society of Theatre Research) Conference, Minneapolis, US, 2016

  • A Car of Her Own, a performance-talk at University of Leeds, UK, 2016

  • Radical Encounters, Liverpool, 2016


Lectures and talks:

  • Performance Research Forum, London, February 2020

  • Song of Disobedience, London 2019

  • Konesh Trace event, Cairo, 2019

  • Andar(Bir)ouni, Talkwalk Lecture Series, Tehran, Iran, 2016

  • Rupture in Space, Kaarnamaa, Charsoo Art Institute, Tehran, Iran, 2016

  • From one home to the other, interactive performance-lecture, the Graduate Festival at Goldsmiths, 2014


Exhibitions, events and performances:

  • Solo show Radio Khiaban, London 2020

  • D-CAF Art Festival, Cairo, 2019

  • Konesh launch event, London, 2018

  • Killjoy Party, a celebration of disruptive women, Libreria, London, 2018

  • Forced Interuption, participatory video, as part of Enghelab Street group exhibition, ZK/U Berlin, 2015

  • If the spring comes one day, interactive performance, SOAS University, 2013

  • Half-open mouth, Poetry performance and book launch, The Yard Theatre, London, 2012



  • Song of disobedince, academic book based on my doctoral thesis, (to be published 2021)

  • Collected stories of Iranian women travellers, Editor, (to be published 2021)

  • Konesh issue No 1, scale, Editor, 2020

  • The performer and the plinth, Konesh journal, 2020

  • Book reviews for Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East & Central Eurasia (ACME), 2020

  • Art and culture reviews for BBC (Including reports on exhibitions at Tate and Barbican in London)

  • Sleeping with Tehran, Performance Research Journal, On Sleep issue, 2016

  • Travel-report project with Shargh newspaper which was published for one month travelling overland from London to Tehran, 2013

  • Half-open mouth, poetry book in Persian, 2012


Press and interviews

  • D-CAF interview on Radio Khiaban exhibition in Cairo

  • TV panel discussion about Radio Khiaban project

  • TV panel discussion on gender and public space

  • TV interview with Manoto, about my art projects

  • TV Interview with VOA for the London-Tehran travel project

  • BBC Persian Website report on London-Tehran travel project

  • TV Interview with VOA for Half-Open Mouth poetry book




Experienced, highly organised and passionate researcher, educator, lecturer, artist and journalist. I work across qualitative research methodologies, practice as research and performance/art as research. My research interests and expertise span across the fields of performance studies, human geography, contemporary art, gender studies and Iranian studies and their intersections. I have published academic papers in peer-reviewed journals, book reviews and news articles in these fields. As a practising artist, I work across the media of performance, sound, video, text and installation. I co-run an online journal called Konesh on the politics of space and cultural interventions, and have established a podcast on gender and space in Iran called Radio Khiaban. I am a trained educator and teacher in the arts and humanities with teaching experience in higher education and at schools and have high experience in running art and architecture related workshops.

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