Song of Disobedience: Gender Segregation and Politics of Space in Contemporary Iran
Doctoral Dissertation in Performance Studies, 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.
In 2018 I co-founded Konesh, a migrating platform for critical and creative spatial practices. At Konesh we bring artists, activists, architects, cultural practitioners, scholars, policy makers and scientists together to challenge more traditional understandings of space, cities and our contemporary urban condition.
Beyond merely reflecting of what diverse definitions of space could look like, we aim at proposing different ways of engaging with cities and spatial practices in general. In this sense, we push for a dialogue between a diversity of thinkers and practitioners, coming from different disciplines and places, thus puzzling naturalised geographical borders and disciplinary thresholds. We try to blur boundaries between digital and analogue conditions of space.
Konesh publishes interdisciplinary content in the Konesh journal. We also curate cultural interventions as site-specific events in different cities, which are livestreamed on our social media channels, engaging a global audience.
Lecturer in Arts and Politics, Critical Thinking and Performance Studies
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, LIMINAL, Tehran, Iran, 2016
Workshop on site-specific art, Kaarnamaa, Charsoo Art Institute, Tehran, Iran, 2016
Workshop on artistic intervention, Rediscovering the Radical Conference, Liverpool, UK, 2016