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Center Director


Kamran Rastegar is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies. He joined Tufts in 2009, after teaching at the University of Edinburgh and Brown University. He completed his studies at Columbia University, studying modern Arabic, Persian and English literatures with a focus on cultural encounters in nineteenth and early twentieth century sites of literary modernity. More recently, his work has engaged with questions of visual culture, cultural memory, violence, and coloniality. His books include Literary Modernity between Europe and the Middle East, which explored the origins of the conception of literary modernity in Arabic, Persian and English literatures, and Surviving Images: Cinema, War and Cultural Memory in the Middle East. He is currently engaged with a new project on the colonial epistemologies of modern translation ideologies between English, French, Arabic and Persian.