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Off White: The Imperial Life of Iranian Racial Formation in the United States

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CT

Where: Crowe Hall, 1-130, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Student

Contact: Emily Mun  

Group: Asian American Studies Program

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Join Asian American Studies in welcoming back one of our Visiting Assistant Professors back to give a guest lecture entitled "Off White: The Imperial Life of Iranian Racial Formation in the United States"

Iranians in the US have historically been overlooked in their relationship to the US racial hierarchy, though Iran itself has been the subject of many diplomatic histories in relation to the United States. This talk presents a transnational perspective of Iranian racial formation in the United States from 1953 to 2001, juxtaposing U.S. state-led projects of surveillance alongside diasporic community organizing. Ultimately, it argues that Iranian foreign nationals are critical to understanding how U.S. imperial motivations and domestic policies link to create racial categories that ebb and flow over time, and touches on what this means for Iran's current uprisings.

About Speaker:

Ida Yalzadeh is a Global American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. She received her PhD in American Studies from Brown University in 2020, and was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor in Northwestern's Asian American Studies Program.

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