There is a sense of separation and detachment to every experience of leaving the home to which one feels attached. To this end, forced migration and exile could be considered as a never-ending sense of detachment and separation from one’s homeland; a continual and unstoppable voyage. The traumatic experience of border-crossing, temporality in transient destinations, and a perpetual sense of alienation from the host country(s) are all elements shared by refugee and exiled authors. In this panel, the award-winning, exiled poet-scholar, Fatemeh Shams will be in conversation with the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author, Behrouz Boochani and the literary scholar and translator of Boochani’s work, Omid Tofighian to discuss such themes as one of the major consequences of the Iranian revolution.
This event is cosponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life; the Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies; the Persian Heritage Foundation; the Middle East Institute; and the Iranian Studies Initiative at NYU.