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Kamran Rastegar
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Tufts University
Olin Center 316
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-3364

Kamran Rastegar
Professor of Comparative Literature
Director, Center for Humanities at Tufts
Affiliated Faculty, Department for Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora
Program Director, Arabic Program

Ph.D. Columbia University
M.A. Columbia University
B.A. Hampshire College

Research Interests
Comparative literature, film studies, modern Arabic literature, modern Persian literature, memory studies, postcolonial studies

My research encompasses two areas relating to the study of modern Arabic and Persian literatures and cultures. First, I study Persian and Arabic literary history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a focus on movements of cultural revival or innovation. My first book  Literary Modernity between Europe and the Middle East explored the origins of the conception of literary modernity in Arabic and Persian literatures, a topic that I have further addressed in articles and as editor of a special issue of the journal Middle Eastern Literatures. Second, I research the role of cinema and visual culture in the formation of cultural memory in conflict and post-conflict social settings. This research is reflected in my second book, Surviving Images: Cinema, War and Cultural Memory in the Middle East.

Major Publications


Special Issues

Selected Articles and Chapters

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

  • Co-director, Comparative Race, Transformation and Society Initiative, Center for the Humanities at Tufts Funded by the Office for the Vice-Provost for Research (2018-2021)
  • Co-convenor, Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Tufts University (2016-2017)
  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Humanities at Tufts University (2012-2013)
  • Neubauer Faculty Fellow at Tufts University (2010-2011)
  • British Academy funding for research network: "Memory, Trauma and Identity in Literary and Visual Representation in the Middle East" (2008-2009)
  • Funding for program: "New Cinemas of the Arab World" film festival and academic symposium, funded by EU MedScreen cultural project (2006-2007)
  • Fulbright IIE Fellowship, Cairo, Egypt (2001-2002)
  • Critical Studies Fellow, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2000-2001)
  • Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Resistance in Modern Iran
  • Visualizing Colonialism
  • War and Cultural Memory
  • Postcolonial Cinemas
  • Modern Arabic Literature
  • Middle Eastern Cinemas
  • Cultural History of the Modern Middle East