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Call for Papers: "Heroes, Heroizations and Heroisms in modern Iranian Culture & Historiography"

Place: Freiburg University (Germany)
Date: 20-21 February 2020
Deadline for Submission: 15 July 2019

The project “Semantic Transformation of Prefigurative Heroes in Iran Since 1925” in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 948 at Freiburg University ( invites abstracts to be submitted for an international workshop on “Heroes, Heroizations and Heroisms in modern Iranian Culture” in February 2020. We welcome abstracts that engage from a social and cultural science perspective with individual or collective heroes, narratives of heroizations or configurations of heroisms in the Iranian culture since the late 19th century. Proposals are open to early career scholars at post-graduate and post-doctoral levels from any disciplinary background within the arts, humanities and social sciences. Abstracts (including a short CV) should be send to

Background: The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 948 “Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms: Transformations and Conjunctures from Antiquity to the Modern Day” studies the heroic as a social phenomenon from a long-term perspective that is transculturally as well as synchronically and diachronically comparative. The SFB 948 at the University of Freiburg specifically focuses on the social orders that are stabilized but also brought into question by heroic figures. Within the Collaborative Research Centre, our project (D16) deals with “Semantic Transformation of Prefigurative Heroes in Iran Since 1925”. The project aims to analyse semantic change in the discourse surrounding prefigurative heroes and heroized historical personnages in official Iranian historiography of the Pahlavi state (1925–1979) and the Islamic Republic (1979–present).