19. February 2018 - 19:00 till 21:00
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Scientific Tropes in Modern Iranian Politics: Jinns to Germs | SOAS University of London | Monday, 19. February 2018

Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)
Series: Kamran Djam Annual Lecture Series at SOAS

Speaker: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi (University of Toronto)

Lecture programme:

This lecture is free to attend and no registration is required. Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Kamran Djam Annual Lecture at SOAS: Scientific Tropes in Modern Iranian Politics: Jinns to Germs

In a two part historical analysis, Professor Tavakoli explores the use of modern scientific tropes in Iranian political, cultural and historical discourses from the late nineteenth century to the present. The first lecture, “Jinns to Germs,” explains how a nineteenth-century public health crisis prompted the deployment of a wide-range of medical and microbiological concepts to recount Iran's history and to offer prognosis and diagnosis of national, social and political ills. While this shift transformed the lived habitus of early twentieth-century Iran, the prominence of a Pasteurian conception of illness also provided a generative foundation for the governmentalization and bio-politicization of Islam. In this process, jinns had become germs.

* Lecture to be preceded by a reception at 6:00pm in SG37 (ground floor, Paul Webley Wing, Senate House).

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