peer-reviewed papers

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2022 [encyclopedia entry]. “Novel: Persian”, in Encyclopedia of Islam III, eds. Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowsonet, et al. Leiden: Brill.

2022 [book chapter]. “The Decline of Literary Reading and the Rise of the Literal Mind”, in The Cultural Sociology of Reading: The Meaning of Reading and Books Across the World, ed. María Angélica Thumala Olave, New York: Springer.

2022. [special issue Introduction] “Comparative Literature beyond Eurocentrism” (with Zhang Longxi), in Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures (special issue on “Comparative Literature beyond Eurocentrism”) 6:1, 1-14.

2021 [edited book Introduction] “Decolonizing a Peripheral Literature” (with M. Abedinifard and A.H. Vafa), In Persian Literature as World Literature, New York: Bloomsbury, 1-14.

2020 [book review]. “Recasting American and Persian Literatures: Local Histories and Formative Geographies from Moby-Dick to Missing Soluch“, in Iranian Studies.

2019 [book chapter]. “The Persian Tradition” (with Esmaeil Haddadian-Moghaddam), in A World Atlas of Translation, eds. Yves Gambier and Ubaldo Stecconi, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 149-168.

2018. “Peripherality and World Literature”, in Journal of World Literature 3:3, 229-38.

2016. “Basil Bunting’s Version of Manuchehri Damghani” (with Simon Patton), in Translation and Literature 25:3, 339-62. 
——- 2018. Translation: “Noskheh-ye Barks az Ash’ar-e Molavi”, trans. M. Hosseini, Motarjem 63, 23-39.

2016 [encyclopedia entry]. “Mahmud Dowlatabadi”, in The Literary Encyclopedia.

2016 [encyclopedia entry]. “Zoya Pirzad”, in The Literary Encyclopedia.

2016. “JWL: From Persian to World Literature” (with Esmaeil Haddadian-Moghaddam), in Journal of World Literature 1:1, 8-15.

2015. “Coleman Barks’ Versions of Rumi in the USA” (with Simon Patton), in Translation and Literature 24:2, 172-189.

2015. “Jomhuri-e Adabiyat-e Jahan, Tarjomeh va Este’mar” (The World Republic of Letters, Translation and Colonialism), in Fasl-Nameh Naqd-e Adabi 8:1 (Spring 29), 7-29.

2014. “Translation Norms and the Importation of the Novel into Persian”, in International Journal of Society, Culture and Language 2:2, 89-102.

2014. “The Serious Century and Hedayat’s Grim Laughter”, in Iranian Studies 47:1 21-47.

2010. “Translation Historiography in the Modern World: Modernization and Translation into Persian”, in Target: International Journal of Translation Studies 22:2, 298-329.
——- 2015. Translation (part I): “Tarikh-Negari Tarjomeh dar Donyay-e Modern”, Mir-Mohammad Khadem-Nabi (tr.), in Motarjem 56, 61-80.
——- 2015. Translation (part II): “Tarikh-Negari Tarjomeh dar Donyay-e Motejadded”, Mir-Mohammad Khadem-Nabi (tr.), in Motarjem 57, 59-74.

invited talks

December 5, 2021
[Discussant] “Poetics of Emulation”, online workshop with João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Hunan Normal University and Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).

October 1, 2021
“Persian Crime Fiction and the Formation of the Modern State”, at Mirrors of Iran: Contemporary Persian Literature: Storytelling and Fiction, Australian National University and Iranica Foundation, Australia.

September 17-19, 2021
[Keynote] “The Empire and the Allure of Translatability”, at International Symposium on Translation, Interpretation, and Cognition from a New Starting Point and the 8th CATIC Conference, Hunan First Normal University.

July 26, 2021
[Discussant] “Reading Combined and Uneven Development from the Periphery”, at Empire and Its Afterlives: Homo Geographicus and the Rise of National Literatures, Hong Kong University.

July 24, 2021
“Decentering Comparative Literature: Methods and Futures”, at Frontiers of British and American Cross-Cultural Studies International Graduate Summer School, Foreign Studies College, Hunan Normal University.

April 7-8, 2021
[Discussant] “The Coloniality of World Literature”, at Shared Beauties in a Diversified World: Comparative Literature and Transcultural Studies Forum, Xiamen University.

March 27, 2021
“Genre Fiction and Narrative Epistemologies: The Case of Detective Fiction in Persian”, at Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies, University of British Columbia.

February 26, 2021
“Peripheral Modernity and The Blind Owl’s Grim Laughter”, online talk at the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Stanford University.

December 5, 2020
[Keynote] “World Literature: Towards Decolonizing Literary Criticism”, at Hunan Translators’ Association Annual Conference, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsha, Hunan.

October 2020, 26
“The Science of Truth, Detective Fiction, and Persian Popular Culture”, at Voices in Middle East Studies Series, Middle East Center, University of Washington.

July 2020, 20
“World Literature: Expanding Comparative Literary Studies”, at Frontiers of British and American Cross-Cultural Studies Summer School, Foreign Studies College, Hunan Normal University.

February 2020, 9
“Revisiting Hedayat’s Poetics”, online talk in Persian Literary Culture and Civilization program, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia.

August 2019, 26
“Beyond National Literature: Decolonizing Literary Criticism”, The First National Summer School in Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, University of Mazandaran.

August 2019, 25
“Rethinking English Literature, Literary Chronology, and Criticism”, The First National Summer School in Literature and Theory, Faculty of Arts, University of Mazandaran.

November 2018, 15
“Theories and Concepts in Comparative and World Literature”, seminar in the Sixteenth International TELLSI Conference, Shiraz University.

February 2018, 7
“Globalization and Internationalization”, at National IHEI Conference, Allameh Tabatabai University.

November 2016, 24-25
“Sociology of Art and Literature”, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran.

June 2016, 8-9
“Comparative Literature, Translation, World Literature”, workshop at Language and Literature Research Group, Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran.

January 2016, 18
“Bestsellers: Cultural Production in Iran,” at the Center for Near Eastern Studies, University of Marburg.

December 2015, 17-18
“World Literature, Digital Humanities and English Translations of Persian Poems,” at the Faculty of Digital Humanities, Leipzig University.

July 2014, 18
“Modern Iranian Culture: On Methodology for Research in Popular Culture,” at the Alexander von Humboldt Annual Network Meeting, Würzburg University.

February 2013, 28
“Institutions of Translation, (Literary) Modernization and the Problem of Knowledge,” at the Center for Translation, Hong Kong Baptist University.

February 2010, 26
“A Revolution in Retrospect, Or: the Historical Background to Satrapi’s Persepolis,” at the Faculty of Arts, University of Leuven.

May 2009, 10
“Introduction to Islam,” Sharing Knowledge Program, at GroepT University College, Leuven.