S05E10: Azadeh Moaveni on the Ongo­ing Iran­ian Demon­stra­tions Fueled and Led by Women

The ongo­ing protests in the past months have rocked Iran to its core. What began as a wave of street demon­stra­tions and protests has by now turned into a ver­i­ta­ble rev­o­lu­tion led by coura­geous and defi­ant women. What is the broad­er his­tor­i­cal con­text regard­ing these cur­rent events? How has the oppres­sive patri­ar­chal regime of the Islam­ic Repub­lic of Iran para­dox­i­cal­ly gen­er­at­ed forms of pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion, col­lec­tive action, and mobi­liza­tion, which have empow­ered women? What is the role of the media and of pat­terns of sol­i­dar­i­ty emerg­ing in these protests and could these poten­tial­ly lead to a trans­for­ma­tion of the regime, or, in fact, to its end?

Guests fea­tured in this episode:

Azadeh Moaveni, the Iran­ian-Amer­i­can writer and jour­nal­ist who has been cov­er­ing the Mid­dle East for more than two decades. A renowned expert on Iran, the Islam­ic State, as well as Mid­dle East Pol­i­tics and Islam­ic soci­ety in gen­er­al, she has focused her work on how women are impact­ed by polit­i­cal con­flicts, and how their social and polit­i­cal rights are affect­ed by mil­i­tarism and Islamism. 

 In 2005, she pub­lished the inter­na­tion­al best­seller Lip­stick Jihad, a mem­oir recount­ing her expe­ri­ence of the Iran­ian reform and women’s rights move­ments. The fol­low­ing year saw the pub­li­ca­tion of Iran Awak­en­ing: A Mem­oir of Rev­o­lu­tion and Hope, co-authored with the Nobel Peace Lau­re­ate Shirin Ebadi. 


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.