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Title: Culture and nonviolence in Iran (Farhang va Khushunat Parhizi dar Iran)
Speaker: Dr. Kiumars Naseri
The speach is in Persian.
In his famous essay Notes towards the Definition of Culture, T.S. Eliot asks the central question on “the essential conditions for the growth and for the survival of culture.” This question is today ours and we need to ask it in relation with the Persian culture. We need to ask if there are any standards by which we can compare Persian civilization with another, and by which we can make some guess at the improvement or decline of it. Few observers could deny that contemporary Iran, in light of its religious and political characteristics, is a country of violence. An observation and analysis of this violence, however, should not be extended to a rapid conclusion that Iranian society is alien and resistant to any nonviolent change. One of the central arguments of this talk is that while Iran has been involved with politics of violence (especially during the last hundred years), inherited from its long and complex history, it would be absurd to consider nonviolence as an impossibility for Iran and Iranians. Moreover, this talk challenges a broader assumption about the inapplicability of what we can call a “Gandhian Moment” to Iran. It seeks to show the potentialities and mechanisms of the “Gandhian Moment” in Iran, situating it firmly in the perspective of Persian culture and Iranian social movements, but also suggesting methods to understand the levels of violence in Iranian contemporary history.
About the speaker: Ramin Jahanbegloo is an Iranian-Canadian philosopher. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, History and Political Science and later his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University. In 1993 he taught at the Academy of Philosophy in Tehran. He has been a researcher at the French Institute for Iranian Studies and a fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Ramin Jahanbegloo served as the head of the Department of Contemporary Studies of the Cultural Research Centre in Tehran and, in 2006-07, he was the Rajni Kothari Professor in Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India. He is the author of more than 24 books in Persian, English, and French on philosophy, comparative politics and nonviolence. Among his books are Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (Phoenix, 2000),Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity (Lexington Books, 2004), Gandhi: Aux Sources de la Nonviolence (Felin 1999), Penser la Nonviolence ( UNESCO 1999), The Clash of Intolerances ( Har-Anand 2007), India Revisited (Oxford University Press, 2007) and The Spirit of India (Penguin 2008) Beyond Violence (Har-Anand 2009) The Gandhian Moment (Harvard University Press 2013),Democracy in Iran (Palgrave 2013) Introduction to Nonviolence (Palgrave 2014) and lately his autobiography entitled: Time Will Say Nothing (University of Regina Press). He was arrested in April 2006 at the Tehran airport as he was about to leave the country to attend an international conference. He was placed in solitary confinement in a security wing of Evin prison for 125 days. He is presently an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Noor-York Visiting Chair in Islamic Studies at York University and an advisory board member of PEN Canada. Ramin Jahanbegloo is the recipient of the 2009 Peace Prize awarded by the Association for the United Nations in Spain for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence.
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - Dinner and Networking (Dinner will not be served after 6:45pm)
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm - Short Presentations and Music
7:40 pm - 8:00 pm - Break and Networking
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Lecture and Q&A
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