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Parisa Vaziri

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature & Near Eastern Studies

Parisa Vaziri

Klarman Hall, Room 217

Educational Background

Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine


Parisa Vaziri received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Irvine in 2018. Her work engages legacies of Indian Ocean world slavery in the long durée through prisms of visual media. Her research overlaps interests in critical theory, black studies, Middle Eastern cultural production, postcolonial critiques of history, film theory, new media, philosophy, anthropology, and histories of displinary formation more generally. Her current project recovers articulations of blackness in Iranian visual culture, primarily through the media of experimental documentary and art cinema. She proposes film as a site of transmission that disrupts traditional periodization schemes and that elucidates problems of temporality and geography in orthodox narratives about the concept of race. 


Courses taught

  • COML: Race & Critical Theory
  • COML: Antagonism
  • NES: Race and Slavery, Old and Modern
  • NES: Arabian Nights: Forbidden Sex
  • FWS: Slow Time: Chronopolitics of Iranian Cinema


  • Comparative Literature
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Performing and Media Arts

Graduate Fields

  • Comparative Literature
  • Performing and Media Arts


Fall 2020


“Ultimate Slaves in the Dead Zone: On Sacred Defense Cinema,” Reorienting with the Gulf: Film and Digital Media between the Middle East and South Asia, Indiana University Press, forthcoming

“Arb’ain and Bakhshu’s Lament: African Slavery in the Persian Gulf and the Violence of Cultural Form.” Antropologia: “Racial Questions: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Dynamics in Africa and the Middle East,” vol. 7, no. 1, April 2020

“On ‘Saidiya’: Indian Ocean World Slavery and Blackness Beyond Horizon.” Qui Parle, vol. 28, no. 2, Dec. 2019

“Pneumatics of Blackness: Nasir Taqvai’s Bad-i Jin and Modernism’s Anthropological Drive.” Persian Literature and Modernity: Production and Reception. Edited by Hamid Rezaei Yazdi and Arshavez Mozafari. Routledge, 2018

“Windridden: On the Nonvalue of Nonidentification.” Liquid Blackness, vol. 3, no. 6, 2017, pp. 66-79.

“Blackness and the Metaethics of the Object.” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge,  no. 29, 2016.