Maryam Parhizkar

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Black studies, relational ethnic studies, performance studies, poetics, histories and theories of modernism and modernity
M.A., City University of New York Graduate Center; B.A., Columbia University


Maryam Ivette Parhizkar is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies and African American Studies.  Her dissertation tells the performance histories of several diasporic figures whose lives and public personas engage with U.S. narratives of modernity and racial primitivism.  Spanning a number of knowledge-producing institutions as their backdrop (including world’s fairs, the museum, and the university), these performances together offer a counternarrative to racialized accounts of modernity and the modern subject––challenging prevailing U.S.-American conceptions of possession, innovation, and futurity while pursuing alternative imaginings of social collectivity and history.
Maryam is also a poet and a 2019 CantoMundo Fellow. (Her creative work can be found here.) She holds an M.A. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a B.A. from Columbia University..