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Leila Pourtavaf

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Department of History

Assistant Professor

Office: 2164 Vari Hall
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 30430
Email: lpourtav@yorku.ca


Leila Pourtavaf holds a PhD from the Department of History at the University of Toronto, and was most recently a visiting assistant professor at NYU's Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her research stands at the intersection of gender, modernity, and Middle Eastern history with a focus on Qajar Iran. Her upcoming book project, The Cosmopolis Harem, looks at the social, cultural and spatial dimensions of the women’s quarter of Nasir al-Din Shah’s court in the second half of the 19th century.
Leila is also an independent curator, and her exhibition and film programs have been shown at various Canadian institutions including the Blackwood Gallery, the South Asian Visual Arts Center, Articule, and La Centrale Gallery. She has published in a wide range of journals in both academic and cultural realms, including The Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, Iran Namag: Bilingual Quarterly of Iranian Studies, INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, Fuse Magazine and ArtEast. She is the editor of Féminismes Électriques (2013), a bilingual collection of essays which reflect on the history of feminist art and cultural production.

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Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HIST1040 6.0 A Popular Uses of History LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HIST3792 6.0 M The Middle East Since 1800 LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HIST1040 6.0 A Popular Uses of History LECT


Leila Pourtavaf holds a PhD from the Department of History at the University of Toronto, and was most recently a visiting assistant professor at NYU's Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her research stands at the intersection of gender, modernity, and Middle Eastern history with a focus on Qajar Iran. Her upcoming book project, The Cosmopolis Harem, looks at the social, cultural and spatial dimensions of the women’s quarter of Nasir al-Din Shah’s court in the second half of the 19th century.
Leila is also an independent curator, and her exhibition and film programs have been shown at various Canadian institutions including the Blackwood Gallery, the South Asian Visual Arts Center, Articule, and La Centrale Gallery. She has published in a wide range of journals in both academic and cultural realms, including The Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, Iran Namag: Bilingual Quarterly of Iranian Studies, INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, Fuse Magazine and ArtEast. She is the editor of Féminismes Électriques (2013), a bilingual collection of essays which reflect on the history of feminist art and cultural production.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HIST1040 6.0 A Popular Uses of History LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HIST3792 6.0 M The Middle East Since 1800 LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HIST1040 6.0 A Popular Uses of History LECT