The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid (2015) – Hamed Yousefi in Conversation: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid (2015) – Hamed Yousefi in Conversation

The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid (2015)
The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid (2015)
6 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu February 20, 2020
6 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


At the center of this engrossing documentary history is Ahmad Fardid, a 20th-century Iranian philosopher who rejected “Westoxification,” or the pernicious effect of Western culture on Iranian society. Directors Hamed Yousefi and Ali Mirsepassi navigate his inscrutable, yet highly influential theories (which reflect the dual influence of Martin Heidegger and political Islam) using scholarly interviews and astonishing archival footage. Whether praised as an intellectual leader or condemned as a charlatan, Fardid’s peculiar example tests the limits of Modernism’s claims to universality. In English and Farsi with English subtitles.

Hamed Yousefi (Co-director and Northwestern University doctoral candidate in Art History), Hannah Feldman (Northwestern Associate Professor of Art History), and W.J.T Mitchell (Professor of English and Art History at University of Chicago and editor of Critical Inquiry) will take part in a post-screening discussion moderated by Danny Postel (Assistant Director of the Center for International and Area Studies.)

Co-presented by Block Cinema with the Iranian-American Fund for Cultural Programming, the Critical Theory Program, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Art History, and the Middle East & North African Studies Program at Northwestern.


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