Haleh Mir Miri

PhD Student

Email: haleh.mirmiri@mail.utoronto.ca

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Areas of Interest

  • New Materialism and Affect Theory
  • Critical Trauma and Memory Studies
  • Transnational and Middle Eastern Feminism(s)
  • Archival Studies
  • Critical Dance and Performance studies
  • Research-creation and Collective Processes of Knowledge Co-creation
  • Collective Memory Work and Collective Biography
  • Postqualitative Research
  • Cultural Studies, Social Thoughts and Criticism
  • Micro-historiograph(ies)


Haleh Mir Miri is an Iranian gender scholar, feminist activist, social researcher, and performer specializing in critical trauma and memory studies. She holds a master’s degree in Cultural Studies in Iran, graduated and was awarded her second master’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. In her second master’s thesis, titled Diasporic Body-Memory Politics; Sexualized Public-Role Surveillance in Post-Revolutionary and Post-War Iran, she examines how Islamicist forces’ rigid practices of social control over female bodies and sexualities have triggered traumatic memories among diasporic Iranian women and co-developed collective healing processes to disentangle from them.

Adapting affective, embodied, and co-creative methods through Collective Memory Work and Collective Biography, in the form of collaborative ethnodrama, she sought to labour with other diasporic women of her generation to understand the impacts of trauma in both her country of origin and the Canadian diaspora. Through the combination of affect theory, critical trauma and memory studies, performance and embodiment, and relational processes of knowledge production she attempts to study how the archive of collective micro-bodily sensations constructed in relation to power structures can alternate the collective macro historiographies.

Program: PhD 2023


M.A, Women, Gender & Sexualities Studies/ University of Saskatchewan/ Canada 2019-2022

M.A, Cultural Studies/University of Science and Culture/ Iran, 2008-2011

B.A, Sociology/ Azad University/ Iran,  2003-2007


Supervisor: Dina Georgis & Shahrzad Mojab


CCA Conference⸻ “Jina's Uprising, the Intermedial archiving and multiple temporalities: between bodies, sensations and subjectivities” Reckoning and Re-Imagining- Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Conference, May 30- June 2, 2023

(Re)construction of gender within the institutional discourses; How does street check/carding reconstruct binary gender? British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference; Building Equality and Justice Now, Funded by SAGE publication, April 12, 2022

Asian Heritage Month “Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation, Keynote Address: A View from the Middle Eastern Community on Discrimination, Saskatoon, SK. May 2021

Canadian Multiculturalism Day “Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation, Keynote Address: Immigrant Women, Trauma, and Multiculturalism, Saskatoon, SK. June 2020

Selected Works

Forthcoming Book Chapter
“Theologizing Violence; Diasporic Bodily Toromas and The Sediments of Iranian Islamic Interrogative Culture” In Bodies and Beliefs: Purity Culture and the Rhetoric of Religious Trauma. Edited by Victoria Houser and Mari Ramler. London, Penn State University Press, Forthcoming in 2024

Honours and Awards


Hamed Shahidian Graduate Award, University of Toronto


Connaught International Scholarship, University of Toronto


WGST Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan


The Hantelman Humanities Scholarship award, WGST Graduate Teaching/ University of Saskatchewan


Fellowship (GTF) Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan