Lecture by Dr. P. Khosronejad (Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, Oklahoma State University)
Lost Souls: Photography of African Eunuchs & Female Servants in Qajar Iran
May 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UCLA Humanities Room 365.
The focus of scholars of photography of Qajar Iran, remains fixed solely on photographic content, without any consideration of the materiality of photographic form. Recognizing photographs as material culture is a way to address such a blind spot, and suggests that any methodological use of them requires a more complex and subtle approach. Photographs of enslaved children, women and men in Iran during the Qajar period provide compelling and haunting documentation of individuals (African slaves) otherwise lost to the written historical record. Yet the history of such photographs is firmly embedded in the dynamic of exploitation and dehumanization that lay at the core of African slavery in Qajar Iran.
Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
Farzaneh Family Scholar
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
School of International Studies/School of Media& Strategic Comunications
Oklahoma State University
201 Wes Watkins Center
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
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