Jason Mohaghegh

  • Associate Professor
Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
781-239-4591

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 six 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), Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian: The Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism (SUNY, 2015); Born Upon the Dark Spear: Selected Poems of Ahmad Shamlu (translation; Contra Mundum, 2016); Elemental Disappearances (co-authored with Dejan Lukic; Punctum Books, 2016). 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, and the co-director of the 5th Disappearance Lab.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Columbia University
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, Columbia University

Academic Interests

Comparative Literature; Modern Philosophy; Middle Eastern Studies

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 — Lois Roth Translation Award 2016, American Institute of Iranian Studies
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2019

    • HUM 4630 EXTREMISM
  • Degree Courses 2018

    • LIT 4620 LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY OF MADNESS
    • HUM 4614 POSTMODERNISM: FUTURE CULTURE
    • LVA 2073 MIDDLE EASTERN LITERATURE

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Mohaghegh, J., Devji, F. (2014). Point of No Return: Extremism, Sectarian Violence, and the Militant Subject (A Dialogue Between Faisal Devji and Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh). Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World Review. SCTIW Online Journal. link

Books

  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2019). Night: A Philosophy of the After-Dark: Night: A Philosophy of the After-Dark. Zero Books.
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2019). Omnicide: Mania, Fatality, and the Future-In-Delirium: Omnicide: Mania, Fatality, and the Future-In-Delirium. MIT Press and Urbanomic. link
  • Mohaghegh, J., Stone, L. (2017). Manifestos for World Thought. Rowman & Littlefield. link
  • Mohaghegh, J.B., Lukic, D. (2016). Elemental Disappearances. Page: 164. Punctum Books. link
  • 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. Page: 248. Routledge.
  • Mohaghegh, J. (2012). The Writing of Violence in the Middle East: Inflictions. Page: 256. Bloomsbury Academic. link
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2010). The Chaotic Imagination: New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East: The Chaotic Imagination: New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East. Palgrave Macmillan. link

Book Chapters

  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2018). The Night-Traveler: Theories of Nocturnal Time, Space, and Movement: Philosophy, Travel, and Place: Being-In-Transit. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2017). "Introduction: Outsider Imperatives": "Introduction", Manifestos for World Thought. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Mohaghegh, J. (2017). Colossomania: World Thought and the Return to Immensity: Manifestos for World Thought. Rowman & Littlefield. link
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2014). Cosmopolitan Violence as Cosmological Reckoning: The Poetics of the Night Raid, the Martyred Body, and the Execution-spectacle: Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Spheres of Belonging (Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought). Page: 105-118. Bloomsbury Academic.

Book Reviews

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

Other

  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2019). Soundproof Room, "Inexistent Night" (article), "Introduction": Soundproof Room. Journal of Comparative and Continental Philosophy. link
  • Wilcox, A. (2018). Orientalism and Imperialism: Andrew Wilcox. Orientalism and Imperialism..
  • Salama, M. (2018). The Qur’an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism.: Mohammad Salama. The Qur’an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism.. Bloomsbury.
  • Wise, C. (2017). Sorcery, Totem and Jihad in African Philosophy: Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought. Page: 216. Bloomsbury Academic. link
  • Bensmaia, R. (2017). Gilles Deleuze, Postcolonial Theory, and the Philosophy of the Limit: Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought. Page: 192. Bloomsbury Academic. link
  • Zalloua, Z. (2017). Continental Philosophy and the Palestinian Question: Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought. Page: 240. Bloomsbury Academic. link
  • Mohaghegh, J.B. (2015). "Omnicide: Movement of the Lost Cause". Vol: IX Spring, Issue: No. 1 (2015), Page: 10. Hyperion. link
  • Kayaalp, E., , . (2015). Remaking Politics, Markets, and Citizens in Turkey: Governing Through Smoke: Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought. Bloomsbury Academic. link
  • Kacem, M.B., , . (2014). Transgression and the Inexistent: A Philosophical Vocabulary: Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought. Page: 272. Bloomsbury Academic. link
  • Stone, L., , . (2014). Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Spheres of Belonging: Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought. Page: 256. Bloomsbury Academic. link
  • Mutman, M. (2014). The Politics of Writing Islam: Voicing Difference: Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought. Bloomsbury Press. link
  • Adib-Moghaddam, A. (2013). On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today: Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought. Page: 264. Bloomsbury Academic. link
  • Lukic, D. (2013). Hostage Spaces of the Contemporary Islamicate World: Phantom Territoriality: Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought. Bloomsbury Press. link

Presentations

  • "Disappearance: 9 Principles" Mohaghegh, J. Invited Talk, Global Studies Department, Sarah Lawrence College (2018)
  • "Utopia and Dystopia" Mohaghegh, J. Emergent World Thought Research Series, Wellesley, MA (2017)
  • "The Radical Outside: Counter-Futures for World Thought" Mohaghegh, J. Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Annual Conference, Memphis, TN (2017)
  • The Writing of Mania: Literature, Madness, and the Future of Representation" Mohaghegh, J. Faculty Research Chat, Babson College (2017)
  • "Enemy Imagination: Assassins of Western Thought" Mohaghegh, J. Decolonizing Time Conference, Maerzmuzik Festival, Berlin, Germany (2017)
  • "On Secrecy" Mohaghegh, J. Philosophy, Poetics, and the Occult Conference, Saint-Erme, France (2017)
  • "Secret Circles: Writings of the Outsider" Mohaghegh, J. Chung, U. Lukic, D. Bianca Tenorio, Jinane Gideon Ache, Jack Halpin, Daniel Leal, Eugenia Carmago, Elisa da Rocha Leao, S. Emergent World Thought Research Series, Babson College (2016)
  • Co-Organizer and Panel Discussant Mohaghegh, J. "Islam and Psychoanalysis" panel, Salt Lake City, Utah (2016)
  • "The Dromomaniac, The Neo-Bedouin: Middle Eastern Literatures of Restlessness" Mohaghegh, J. "Writing Diaspora" panel, Harvard University (2016)
  • "Born Upon the Dark Spear: Selected Poems of Ahmad Shamlu" (lecture and reading) Mohaghegh, J. CMP Poetry Reading, KGB, New York City (2016)
  • “The Virtual Middle East: New Philosophical-Artistic Movements of the Image” Mohaghegh, J. Humanities and Social Sciences Seminar, Koc University (2015)
  • “The Radical Outside: New Formations of World Thought” Mohaghegh, J. Media Studies Seminar, Istanbul, Turkey (2015)
  • “The Unseen Militant: Women and Extremism in the Middle East” Mohaghegh, J. Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, Babson College (2015)
  • “The Sectarian Imagination: Fatalism, Extremity, and Apocalyptic Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Literature” Mohaghegh, J. American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, WA (2015)
  • “Will to Chaos: The New Cultural Imagination of the Middle East” Mohaghegh, J. Cultural Studies Seminar, Istanbul, Turkey (2015)
  • Violence, Desire, and the Revolutionary Body Mohaghegh, J. Lukic, D. Epplin, C. 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. 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. Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, New York, NY (2014)
  • Poetic Apocalypses of the Middle East: Fatalism, Extremity, and the Rise of an Eastern Postmodernism Mohaghegh, J. Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, New York University (2014)
  • The Middle East and the West Mohaghegh, J. Trustees/Overseers Luncheon, Wellesley, MA (2014)
  • The Poetics of Apocalypse: World Reckonings of Contemporary Middle Eastern Thought Mohaghegh, J. MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • Acidic Subjectivities of the Middle East Mohaghegh, J. SPEP Annual Conference, Eugene, OR (2013)
  • The Poetics of Urban Violence: Narratives of Spatial Collapse in Iran (1952-1979) Mohaghegh, J. 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. The 10th Biennial Radical Philosophy Association Conference, Buffalo, NY (2012)
  • The Poetics of Rage: Cruelty, Vitalism, and Extremity in New Iranian Texts Mohaghegh, J. MLA Annual Convention, Seattle, WA (2012)
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