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English in Post-Revolutionary Iran: From Indigenization to Internationalization
A Book Launch with Maryam Borjian
|English in Post-Revolutionary Iran: From Indigenization to Internationalization explores the idea that Post-revolutionary Iran was envisioned with a homegrown, indigenized model of English education – an indigenized English free from the influence of the English-speaking nations. The indigenization movement began some 30 years ago at the onset of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which replaced the country’s two-millennium-old monarchy with an Islamic theocracy – generally understood as a historical reversal of the modernist direction the country had taken since the Constitutional Revolution of 1906.Maryam Borjian explores the issues around language and the perceptions of English as “suspicious” within Iranian society. The indigenization movement, together with anti-Western and anti-imperialist sentiments, has continued to dominate the political and educational discourse of post-revolutionary Iran for the better part of the past three decades. Yet, despite the state’s 30-year-long constant efforts, the existing system of English education in Iran is not entirely indigenized. Rather, it is marked by two diverging forms of English: (1) the indigenized model that is used by the state-run education programs, and (2) the internationalized or Anglo-Americanized model, which is used by private-run education programs throughout the nation. The latter model is the one currently in vogue and most demanded by Iranians.
Prodf. Maryam Borjian, a Columbia University’s Teachers College alumna, is the Coordinator of the African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Language Programs in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) at Rutgers University where she also teaches courses on the politics, economics and sociology of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian languages.
Prof. Ofelia Garcia will offer remarks. She teaches in the PhD Program in Urban Education as well as Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:30-8:00 PM
Free & Open to the Public
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
A Panel about Urban Landscape’s
|PANELISTSNishan Kazazian, AIA:
Beirut: The Scent and Music of its Past Architecture
Architect and Artist in NYC. He worked for major international architectural offices in NYC and Boston. Presently in private practice and teaching at PARSONS, The New School for Design. Member, American Institute of Architects.
Old Souks: Past Glories and Present Tragedy
Architect and urban planner in private practice in Beirut since 1981. She is senior Lecturer, American University of Beirut, School of Architecture. Recipient, AUB Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Distinguished Alumna Award, 2007.
DysFUNctional Beirut: Post-War Revisited
Beirut‐based architect, urban designer and part‐time faculty at the American University of Beirut, School of Architecture. His professional experience includes local, Middle Eastern and international projects, as well as several collaborative projects in the United States.
Bourj Hammoud, the Last Refuge?
Author of Zabelle, Dreams of Bread and Fire and All the Light There Was. Her next novel will focus on Bourj Hammoud.
Bourj Hammoud, Longing to Breathe
Architect and urbanist in Beirut. She is Chief of Technical and Urban Planning, Office of Bourj Hammoud Municipality. Renovated an older Bourj Hammoud structure and created Badguèr, a cultural center.
Director, MS Design and Urban Ecologies Graduate Program, PARSONS, The New School for Design. He recently co‐edited/authored the book, Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization.
Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University, and author of Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 6:30-8:30 PM
Martin E. Segal Theatre
Free & Open to the Public