Sara Naderi

Sara Naderi
2017-2019 Graduate Student Fellow

Sara is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology with the concentration on Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) at University of Victoria, and a Graduate Student Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies.

Her main interest is questioning and criticizing modern subjectivity. By doing so, she is seeking the possibility of alternative and critical subjectivities.  Sara endeavors to articulate the marginalized narratives of subjectivity by giving voice to the less heard narratives of the Self and the world within the modern human mind. Furthermore, the process of changing life experiences from nonverbal, intuitive experiences to the discursive, structured, and articulated experiences has always been striking for her.  As such, Sara cannot deny the influences of beautiful minds such as Jacques Lacan, Michael Foucault, Frantz Fanon, Peyman Vahabzadeh, Martin Heidegger, Dorothy Smith, and the Frankfort School scholars on emerging this line of thought. How the modern subject—from every walk of life—sees itself, acts, and interprets its actions and gives meaning to the subject's life under the influences of social and political discourses, is Sara's main horizon through which she wishes to explore the social and political world.

Sara's dissertation, in particular, is about Iranian women's subjectivity which arises from their marginalized subject position—as women in a postcolonial society—in the modern world. Her empirical research mainly focuses on the women of Iran, and some parts of her previous research have been published in a book titled, "Introduction to Feminine Narrative of the City: A study on Women's Lived Experience".

Sara utilizes her Fellowship at CFGS as an empirical bridge to see the connection between Iranian women's interpretation of their subjectivity and agency in the context—well, let's say in the mirror—of the dominant global discourse about them. Therefore, How the reality would change this mirror image and how the mirror image would change the reality itself is her main curiosity in this current research.