Spring 04

DIALOGUE in Concert Program


Harem in History & Imagination

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Setrag Manoukian

Public History and the Production of the "Culture of Shiraz"

Abstract

The paper examines the production of historical knowledge in contemporary Shiraz, focusing on several "cultural activities" such as restorations, publications and events. Discussing the strategies of different state and municipal institutions as well as the particular expressive modalities through which the past is constructed and inscribed on urban space, the paper underlies the conflicted character of these dynamics and argues that the production of public history in Iran is best understood as a series of interventions instituting a system of dispersion rather than the reworking of a stable national imagination.

Biography

Setrag Manoukian, currently a fellow with Aga Khan Program at MIT, is assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the Università di Milano-Bicocca. He received his PhD in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan. He is currently working on an ethnographic and historical project on the production of knowledge in the city of Shiraz.