Nudity in Iranian Photography: From the Qajar Era to Today
Call for Panel Presentation
Twelfth Iranian Studies Conference, University of California, Irvine (14-17 August 2018)
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, Oklahoma State University, USA
Mohamad Reza Tahmasbpour
Photohistorian and Independent Researcher, Iran
From Qajar harems to the private studios of the late Qajar and early Pahlavi periods, the growth and development of intimate photography has resulted in the creation of a new genre of nudity and pornography which invites scholars of the field to open new gates to the study of this important field of photography in Iran. Therefore, this panel is open to a broad range of scholars who are addressing nudity and sexuality in photography during the modern and contemporary periods of Iran. The topics may include (but are not limited to):
- Qajar photography as an object of desire;
- Traditional vision (sonnati) and modern bodies;
- Western (Farangi) aesthetics of nudity and the creation of vernacular pornography;
- Sexual orientation and nudity in photography of harem and indoors (andarounis);
- Vernacular photography as a challenge to Orientalism;
- Censorship, sexuality and creativity;
- Kaveh Golestan’s photography of Tehran’s red light district;
To submit a proposal, you are required to send:
- Your biography (a paragraph of no more than 200 words);
- An abstract of your paper, limited to a paragraph of no more than 400 words, outlining the central theme and main arguments of your presentation.
Please submit the above materials (word files) to Dr. P. Khosronejad (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 31st, 2018.
Before submitting your proposal, the conveners advise you to visit the main website of the conference in order to familiarise yourself with the details of this event.