Maziyar Faridi

Maziyar Faridi is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literary Studies. He received his B.A. in English and M.A. in Translation Studies and English from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran. He is interested in transnational (translational) modernist literature and the new wave cinemas of Iran and France, and American avant-garde literature and cinema. His dissertation reflects on the critiques of sovereignty and self-same identity that emerge from what he has characterized as a poetics of relation in twentieth-century Iran. His work draws on continental philosophy (Benjamin, Derrida, and Deleuze), transnational studies, postcolonial theory, ethics and philosophy of translation as well as media theory and visual culture. In 2015-2016, Maziyar was a graduate affiliate of the Paris Program in Critical Theory and spent the year in France studying the archives related to his dissertation. At Northwestern, he is also a graduate affiliate of the Middle East and North African Studies Program, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, and the Critical Theory Cluster. Since 2011, he has been a member of the editorial board of the Iranian academic journal, Naghd-e Adabi (Literary Criticism Quarterly), Tarbiat Modares University. Maziyar has published in both English and Persian and he will chair a seminar on poetry and cinema entitled “The Ends of the Poem/The Ends of Cinema” at the ACLA 2017 in Utrecht.