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Jason Mohaghegh

Associate Professor

Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
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Bio

Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh teaches courses in comparative literature, Middle Eastern studies, world literature, and modern philosophy. He received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, with an interest in global intersections of the avant-garde, existentialism, postcolonialism, and postmodernism. Professor Mohaghegh's scholarly focus is upon tracking emergent currents of experimental thought in the Middle East and the West, with particular attention to exploring the concepts of chaos, violence, illusion, silence, sectarianism, and apocalyptic writing. He has published four books to date—The Chaotic Imagination: New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Inflictions: The Writing of Violence in the Middle East (Continuum, 2012), The Radical Unspoken: Silence in Middle Eastern and Western Thought (Routledge, 2013), and Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian: The Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism (SUNY, 2015). ​ He is also the co-editor of a book series titled Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought (Bloomsbury), which is dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge movements in literature, philosophy, culture, and art across the region. ​

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Columbia University

Academic Interests

Middle Eastern Studies; World Literature; Modern Philosophy

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • LIT 4620: LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY OF MADNESS
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • LVA 2036: CONTEMP WORLD LIT:WRITING OF THE UNREAL
  • HUM 4630: EXTREMISM
  • LVA 2016: VIOLENCE:THEORIES OF CRUELTY EVIL INHUMA

Publications

Books

  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2016). Born Upon the Dark Spear: Selected Poems of Ahmad Shamlu: Contra Mundum Press link
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2015). Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian: The Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism: State University of New York Press link
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2013). Silence in Middle Eastern and Western Thought: The Radical Unspoken. New York, NY: Routledge
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2012). The Writing of Violence in the Middle East: Inflictions: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2010). The Chaotic Imagination: New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East: Palgrave Macmillan

Articles

  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2015, May) "Omnicide: Movement of the Lost Cause"., pp. 10: Hyperion. link

Book Reviews

  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2014). The Future Carnival: A Review Essay of Slavoj Žižek’s The Year of Dreaming Dangerously. Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World Review

Others

  • Mohaghegh, J.B., Stone, L. (2015). Remaking Politics, Markets, and Citizens in Turkey: Governing Through Smoke: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Mohaghegh, J.B., Stone, L. (2014). Transgression and the Inexistent: A Philosophical Vocabulary: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Mohaghegh, J.B., Stone, L. (2014). Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Spheres of Belonging: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Mohaghegh, J.B., Devji, F. (2014). Point of No Return: Extremism, Sectarian Violence, and the Militant Subject (A Dialogue Between Faisal Devji and Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh). London: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2013). On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2013). The Politics of Writing Islam: Voicing Difference: Bloomsbury Press
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2012). Hostage Spaces of the Contemporary Islamicate World: Phantom Territoriality: Bloomsbury Press

Presentations

  • “The Virtual Middle East: New Philosophical-Artistic Movements of the Image”
    Mohaghegh, J. “The Virtual Middle East: New Philosophical-Artistic Movements of the Image” Humanities and Social Sciences Seminar, Koc University (2015)
  • “The Radical Outside: New Formations of World Thought”
    Mohaghegh, J. “The Radical Outside: New Formations of World Thought” Media Studies Seminar, Istanbul, Turkey (2015)
  • “The Unseen Militant: Women and Extremism in the Middle East”
    Mohaghegh, J. “The Unseen Militant: Women and Extremism in the Middle East” Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, Babson College (2015)
  • “The Sectarian Imagination: Fatalism, Extremity, and Apocalyptic Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Literature”
    Mohaghegh, J. “The Sectarian Imagination: Fatalism, Extremity, and Apocalyptic Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Literature” American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, WA (2015)
  • “Will to Chaos: The New Cultural Imagination of the Middle East”
    Mohaghegh, J. “Will to Chaos: The New Cultural Imagination of the Middle East” Cultural Studies Seminar, Istanbul, Turkey (2015)
  • Violence, Desire, and the Revolutionary Body
    Mohaghegh, J., Lukic, D., Epplin, C. Violence, Desire, and the Revolutionary Body IEW: Emergent World Thought: Violence, Desire, and the Revolutionary Body, Wellesley, MA (2014)
  • “Writings of the Buried Alive: Textual-Manic Intersections of Hedayat and Bensmaia
    Mohaghegh, J. “Writings of the Buried Alive: Textual-Manic Intersections of Hedayat and Bensmaia Borderlines: Reda Bensmaia, Continental Philosophy, and Postcolonialism Panel, New Orleans, LA (2014)
  • Poetic Apocalypses of the Middle East: Fatalism, Extremity, and the Rise of an Eastern Postmodernism
    Mohaghegh, J. Poetic Apocalypses of the Middle East: Fatalism, Extremity, and the Rise of an Eastern Postmodernism Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, New York University (2014)
  • Poetic Apocalypses of the Middle East: Fatalism, Extremity, and the Rise of an Eastern Postmodernism
    Mohaghegh, J. Poetic Apocalypses of the Middle East: Fatalism, Extremity, and the Rise of an Eastern Postmodernism Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, New York, NY (2014)
  • The Middle East and the West
    Mohaghegh, J. The Middle East and the West Trustees/Overseers Luncheon, Wellesley, MA (2014)
  • The Poetics of Apocalypse: World Reckonings of Contemporary Middle Eastern Thought
    Mohaghegh, J. The Poetics of Apocalypse: World Reckonings of Contemporary Middle Eastern Thought MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • Acidic Subjectivities of the Middle East
    Mohaghegh, J. Acidic Subjectivities of the Middle East SPEP Annual Conference, Eugene, OR (2013)
  • The Poetics of Urban Violence: Narratives of Spatial Collapse in Iran (1952-1979)
    Mohaghegh, J. The Poetics of Urban Violence: Narratives of Spatial Collapse in Iran (1952-1979) International Conference - Urban Violence in the Middle East: Histories of Place and Event, London, England (2013)
  • On Sectarianism: Middle Eastern Manifestations of the Radical
    Mohaghegh, J. On Sectarianism: Middle Eastern Manifestations of the Radical The 10th Biennial Radical Philosophy Association Conference, Buffalo, NY (2012)
  • The Poetics of Rage: Cruelty, Vitalism, and Extremity in New Iranian Texts
    Mohaghegh, J. The Poetics of Rage: Cruelty, Vitalism, and Extremity in New Iranian Texts MLA Annual Convention, Seattle, WA (2012)