Iranian state regime haunting: Resonance and deterritorialization
Mohassel, Babak Rejai
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The crucial investigation examines the complex dynamics of the Iranian state regime haunting and its systematic oppressive modalities in constructing a shared structure of anxiety within the Iranian cultural ethos. To analyze Iranian state regime haunting and its resonance in a state of deterritorialization, it is necessary to map three major folds and trace their discursive formations utilizing three methodologies. The social theoretical frame of this project encompasses both Western and Iranian intellectuals. The first part of this project captures the institutionalized oppressive agents such as severe panoptic strategies, disappearance, and torture during Late-Pahlavi regime continuing (amplifying) into present Islamic Republic regime through historical research methodology. This will indeed set the foundation for the historical context of haunting within the state regime of Iran itself. A critical evaluation relying on historical sources as well as other significant translated sources such as memoirs and reports will be utilized. In the second part of the project, it is essential to approach the discourse of law not only as the way it is strategized and constructed internally as an instrumentality that legitimizes sovereign violence but also to examine it in its externality to sovereign power as a mode of resistance and opposition. Indeed, the corpus of human rights law through its machinery of confronting governmentality further solidifies the "detailed" constituencies of Iranian state regime haunting. By adopting a legal research methodology, I will consider relevant international customary and treaty law including significant covenants and other human rights contractual agreements. After tracing the mechanisms of state regime and its impact of hegemonic repressive structures on Iranian society, the third part of this project operationalizes the significant connectivity of the exilic/diasporic subjectivity of Iranian and Kurdish refugees to that of the shared vortex of state regime trauma. I investigate the resonance of haunting in a state of deterritorialization by utilizing formal and informal ethnographic data that I have collected over a period of three years. The theoretical frame articulates how the experiences of state regime resonate through the diasporic/exilic subjectivity, examines its routes of transmission, and captures the negotiations and mediations taking place.