March 3, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM 

SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue | ICBC Concourse Room

580 West Hastings Street | Vancouver

And online via Zoom (Hybrid Event)

Lunch catered by Tayybeh

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Hosted by Simon Fraser University

Waving headscarves in the air in the cemetery in Kurdistan, women and men chanted “Jin, Jiyan, Azadi” (Woman, Life, Freedom) to protest the brutal murder of Jina (Mahsa) Amini under police custody. That was the moment that fuelled what would become the “Woman, Life, Freedom uprising” in Iran, followed by waves of countrywide protests initiated by women activists inside Iran. The movement has brought different socio-political dissidents together, aiming to undermine the long-lasting theocratic regime in Iran and seeking freedom and justice.

Six months after the birth of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement, we are gathering to collectively reflect on the multiple grievances that caused the uprising and the horizons that it opens up to the future. This symposium aims to critically engage with the questions that might illuminate the possible directions that the uprising might take in the months or years to come.


Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi (University of Oslo)
Title: Mothers of “Martyrs”: Publicizing Dissent in Sorrow

Azam Khatam (York University)
Title: Jina Movement in Iran: A Youth Uprising beyond the Large Cities

Peyman Vahabzadeh (University of Victoria)
Title: Woman Life Freedom: An Alternative View

Frieda Afary (Librarian, writer, and independent scholar based in Los Angeles)
Title: How Can the Current Uprising in Iran Move in the Direction of an Actual Feminist Revolution?  

Sama Khosravi Ooryad (University of Gothenburg)
Title: Intentional Ignorance, Political Epistemicide: The Violence of Representation and Co-option in the Woman, Life, Freedom Movement

Jaffer Sheyholislami (Carleton University)
Title: Struggle for Linguistic Justice and Freedom in the Face of Assimilationist Policies in Iran: Kurdish as an Example
The day will conclude with a book talk by Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi, where she’ll be discussing her book Revolutionary Bodies. This book event will be moderated by Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani, Chair of the Department of World Languages and Literature at SFU.

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