November 14, 2017

World Cafe Live Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
  • Fatemeh Shams

    Assistant Professor of Persian Literature, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Where Is "Home"? Displacement and Exile in Persian Literary Tradition

Penn Lightbulb Cafe

Although terms such as "displacement" and "exile" have been more recurrent in the wake of the ongoing refugee crisis across the world, such concepts have not been addressed in much detail in the literature produced by creative writers from the countries that have been subjected to the Muslim ban, or by victims of the refugee crisis. In this talk, Shams will explore various meanings and representations of "exile" and "home" in the works of modern Iranian poets in an attempt to understand the exile identity as a somewhat abstract and universal phenomenon, rather than one which is merely defined by geographical terms and limits.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Cafe events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.