Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Mr P. (Peyman) Amiri


  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Philosophy and Public Affairs
  • Visiting address
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Room number: 101
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • P.Amiri@uva.nl

I am a PhD researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, under the supervision of Dr Robin Celikates and Prof. Guy Geltner. My PhD research focuses on the everyday life of political prisoners [...] and aims to explore the everyday forms of resistance in conditions of incarceration by analysing narratives of political prisoners, primarily through the genre of prison memoir, in the light of theories of everyday life and everyday forms of resistance. The main aim is to conceptualise an aesthetics of the ‘art of the weak’ (Michel de Certeau), and to better comprehend the stratagems with which ‘the weapons of the weak’ (James Scott) are crafted and practiced to resist the disciplinary normalization apparatus, and maintain one’s dignity and agency under conditions of permanent observation and control. Favouring voices of the oppressed among the competing narratives of contested events, this research intends to contribute to an alternative cultural archive, one that participates in the discursive struggle over the meaning of the present by an active ‘working through of the past’ (Theodor Adorno).

  • Prison Memoirs: Resisting Narratives. 2016. The International Society for the Study of Narrative 2016 Annual Conference. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Resistance on Hills - Representations in Literature: Spatial Aspects of Peasant Resistance in Two Iranian and Turkish Novels. 2013. British Society for Middle Eastern Studies 2013 Annual Conference. University College Dublin, Ireland.

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