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Sareh Afshar is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. She holds a master’s degree from the same department, and another in communication and creative arts from Purdue. Her areas of research include public affect and the aesthetics of everyday life, memory and trauma theory, and body-/bio-politics. Her dissertation, "Dying to be Somebody: Performances of Death, Personhood and Power in Postrevolutionary Iran," theorizes what she calls “performances of death” (PoD); i.e., hypervisual performances that materialize around death and its commemoration—or lack thereof—in postrevolutionary Iran, to question the manner in which they inform the sociopolitical agency of Iranian subjects born during the Iran-Iraq war (1980–88). Probing photographs, films, installation art, cartoons, and urban rituals of the new millennium, she argues for the PoD’s potential in dispelling the deep-rooted sense of fatalism in the Iranian imaginary, consequently making possible the conjuring of alternative collective destinies. Author of “Are We Neda? The Iranian Women, the Election, and International Media,” she has served as assistant and managing editor to e-misférica, TDR: The Drama Review, and Ravagh: A Journal of Arts & Culture (in Farsi). She has lost two cities—lovely ones, Montréal and Tehran—but deems New York a most soothing compromise. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, NYU College of Arts & Science, and a writing consultant at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.