Filling in the Gaps: Archives in and of the Iranian Diaspora

  • When: February 5, 2016 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Where: NYU Abu Dhabi Building, NYC Campus, 19 Washington Square North
  • Summary: This panel offers creative and artistic interventions into archival practice in the context of the Iranian diaspora. Persis Karim will present her project "Iranian American Voices of Silicon Valley". Amy Malek’s research explores individual and grassroots efforts at archiving Iranian diasporic memory. Rustin Zarkar will introduce the Ajam Digital Archive of 20th Century Persianate Life.
  • Details:

    Part III of the series, Animating the Archive: A Series of Symposia on Iranian Cultural History @ NYU October 2015-March 2016 

    Presenters: Persis Karim (San Jose State University ), Amy Malek (Scripps College), Rustin Zarkar (New York University & Ajam Digital Archive), Tiffany Malakooti (artist) 
    *Organized in conjunction with “Global/Local 1960-2015: Six Iranian Artists,” exhibition on view at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, January 12-April 2, 2016. 

    This panel offers creative and artistic interventions into archival practice in the context of the Iranian diaspora. Persis Karim will present her project “Iranian American Voices of Silicon Valley” and discuss the three modalities of storytelling it involves: digital, page, and stage. Amy Malek’s research explores individual and grassroots efforts at archiving Iranian diasporic memory, whether through family photo albums or community oral histories, in Europe and North America. Rustin Zarkar will introduce the Ajam Digital Archive of 20th Century Persianate Life, an accessible digital platform that allows individuals to share family photographs and documents, with the aim of recentering historical narratives on personal and social biographies.

    For more information, please vitis: http://www.iranarchives.org/

    Sponsored by the Visual Arts Initiative, NYU Arts Council. Co-sponsors: Iranian Studies Initiative, Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies; Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts