Paris 8 University
2, rue de la Liberté – 93526 Saint-Denis
Room A444 (Building A, 4th floor)

Research in progress: Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8)

About 40 years ago, when the Iranians revolted and brought down the Shah, the prevailing perception of time was different. At that time, the Iranian revolutionaries were considering themselves the first wagon of the train of world history.
The revolution in Iran took place in 1979, even though the age of revolutions (the age of the extremes, according to Eric Hobsbawm) already seemed to belong to the past. The Iranians experienced their greatest historical event, on the eve of the so-called "end of history." From another point of view and with a different vocabulary, we could say state capitalism has experienced significant growth in Iran (from the early 1970s until the early 1990s), even as capitalism centered on State had already declined in the world.
These non-synchronisms with the "world" are corresponding with non-synchronicities, and a collision of temporalities and temporal heterogeneities within the very heart of Iranian society. Iran is only in part, relativly to all what it engage in terms of synchronism, globalized.
Globalization, or globalized capitalism (and the abstraction that imposes itself on social reality - its real abstraction), is the context or the very condition of the experience of non-synchronism. Heterochronicities can not be understood conceptually, without referring to a process of synchronization - which could be named, depending on the context and the theoretical approach, modernity, capitalism or globalization.

October 24th, 2017 from 15:00 to &8:00 at Paris 8 University – Room A444.