Seema Golestaneh



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Email: Seema.Golestaneh@conncoll.edu
Mailbox: 5424
Office: Winthrop 301
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Seema Golestaneh, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology

C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology

Joined Connecticut College: 2014

Education
B.A., Barnard College
M. Phil., M.A., Columbia University
Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University

Specializations
• Iran • Anthropology of religion • Alternative Islamic discourse • Politics of cultural heritage in Iran • Anthropological and aesthetic theory • Intersections of literary criticism and cultural theory.


Seema Golestaneh joins the Connecticut College faculty in 2014 as a C3 Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology.

Her research interests include the anthropology of religion, alternative Islamic discourse, politics of cultural heritage in Iran, anthropological and aesthetic theory, and intersections of literary criticism and cultural theory. 

Previously she taught Islam and Gender at Fordham University, and as a teaching fellow at Columbia University, taught such courses as Women & Gender in the Muslim World, The Rise of Civilization, and Culture through Film and Media. 

Golestaneh is fluent in English, Persian, French and Arabic. She is a member of the American Anthropological Association, American Academy of Religion and the Middle Eastern Studies Association.

Recent publications

"Hidden in Plain Sight: Secrecy, Occultation, and the Cultivation of Private Archives" in Sufism and Shi’ism, Brill Publishers, forthcoming 2014.

"Understanding Sufi Zikr Ritual as Sites of Aesthetic Experience" in Saints and their Pilgrims in Iran and Neighboring Countries, Wantage, Sean Kingston Press, June 2012.

"Haunted Sound: Nothingness, Movement, and the Minimalist Imagination" (with Jason Mohaghegh as first author) in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, February 2011.

Recent presentations

Panel Organizer: "The Bureaucratic and the Profane: Conceptualizing the Metaphysics of Governance" at the American Anthropological Association 2013 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois November 24, 2013

"God Is In the Details: Bureaucratic Practice and Divine Governance in Iran" at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois November 24, 2013

"Hidden in Plain Sight: The Nimatullahi Sufi Order and the Cultivation of Private Archives" at Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana. October 11, 2013

Invited Talk: "Open Sounds, Hidden Spaces: Listening, Wandering, and Spatial Formation in Sufi Iran" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Anthropology. March 11, 2013

Panel Chair: "Refractions of the Quran in Islamic Religious Discourse" at Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting 2012, Denver, Colorado. November 20, 2012

Major in anthropology.