About the "1979 Generation" Series
This series focuses on feminism and revolution by drawing on personal memory as well as activist and scholarly engagements. Iran Page co-editor, Manijeh Nasrabadi, interviews Iranian feminists who lived through the 1978-1979 revolution and whose experiences and insights contribute to a body of knowledge that is invaluable for understanding the revolution and politics in Iran today. We invite our guests to tell their stories of revolutionary upheaval and the contested role of women in the national liberation project and to reflect on what feminism means to them. Our hope is to create an archive of the lived experiences of Iranian feminists of the "1979 generation" that can preserve their legacy and make it available to future generations.
Episode 2: Shahla Talebi on Political Prisoners & Proletarian Feminism
In the second episode of 1979 Generation, Jadaliyya’s Iran Page co-editor, Manijeh Nasrabadi interviews Shahla Talebi on the liberation of political prisoners, the intersection of gender, class and revolution, and the emergence of “proletarian feminism.”
Shahla Talebi is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Shahla was a student activist who participated in the 1979 Revolution, lived through the Iran-Iraq war, and left Iran for the U.S. in 1994. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, "Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran", published by Stanford University Press in 2011.
Manijeh Nasrabadi is a writer, educator, and activist based in New York City. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties, Scholar & Feminist Online, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Comparative Studies of South Asian, Africa, and the Middle East, Social Text online, Jadaliyya, and Callaloo. She is a founding member of the Raha Iranian Feminist Collective.
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