Golbarg Bashi

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Golbarg Bashi (Persian: گلبرگ باشی‎), born in Ahvaz, Iran, is an Iranian-Swedish feminist professor of Iranian Studies at Rutgers University in the US. Among other topics, Bashi has published works and given talks about human rights in the Middle East and the situation of women in Iran. Two of her famous works include, Feminist waves in the Iranian Green Tsunami (2009); From One Third World Woman to Another: A Conversation with Gayatri Spivak (2010) and Eyewitness history: Ayatollah Montazeri (2006).[1][2]


Golbarg Bashi was born in Iran, raised in Sweden, and educated at the Universities of Manchester and Bristol and obtained her doctorate degree from Columbia University in New York City. Her doctoral research focused on a feminist critique of the human rights discourse in Iran.[1]

Bashi has been a member of the Green Party of Sweden where she was elected in 2002 as an executive member of the party's Women's Committee.[3] She was also selected as a candidate for the Greens in the Swedish municipal elections for the city of Kramfors in 2002.[4][not in citation given]

She is also a visual artist and a member of Professional Women Photographers, Inc. She has published her photographs in the New York Times, Aljazeera English, CNN, BBC News, Amnesty International, Jadaliyya, and Electronic Intifada, etc.[5] She is married to Columbia University professor, Hamid Dabashi.[6] She is an atheist.[7]


In April 2010, Golbarg Bashi launched Brainquake together with Duke University's Negar Mottahedeh. Brainquake was a criticism of the Boobquake event, which Bashi argued was an unhelpful and inappropriate way of drawing attention to legitimate issues. The issue at hand was a statement by Tehran's leader in Friday Prayer, saying that women who wear immodest clothing and behaved promiscuously caused earthquakes. Bashi and Brainquake advocates argued that instead of highlighting one's physical differences, women should show off their CVs and lists of accomplishments.[8][9]

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  1. ^ a b "Faculty Profiles - Golbarg Bashi". Rutgers University. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  2. ^ "تصویر ندا آقا سلطان و تکنولوژی دوربین در "زنانه شدن قدرت"". rahesabz. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120216154203/http://mp.se/templates/template_83.asp?number=63639. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2006. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.val.se/val/val_02/slutresultat/22K/2282/228200.html
  5. ^ "Program Participants". Fertile Crescent. Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  6. ^ Golbarg Bashi and Hamid Dabashi (March 2009). "Sal-e No Mobarak!". Tehran Avenue. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  7. ^ Atheism: A Non-believing Shi'i’s Perspective Golbarg Bashi's official blog. 21 December 2014
  8. ^ Brownrigg, Kirsten (April 27, 2010). "Coup de Ta-Tas: Cleric's comment ignites skin-bearing backlash". Herald de Paris. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  9. ^ Moezzi, Melody (April 26, 2010). "Boobquake and Brainquake: Why Not Both?". MS Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2014.

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Among other topics, Bashi has published works about the situation of women in Iran.