Dr Omid Tofighian

BA (Hons, Sydney), PhD (Leiden)
Honorary Research Associate

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 9351 4690

Website Academia.edu Profile

Biographical details

Dr Omid Tofighian is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement and discrimination. He completed his PhD in Philosophy at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and graduated with a combined honours degree in Philosophy and Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney. Omid has lived variously in the UAE where he taught at Abu Dhabi University; Belgium where he was a visiting scholar at K.U. Leuven; the Netherlands for his PhD; and intermittent periods in Iran for research. His current roles include Honorary Research Associate for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney; faculty at Iran Academia; and campaign manager for Why Is My Curriculum White? - Australasia.' He contributes to community arts and cultural projects and works with asylum seekers, refugees and young people from Western Sydney. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles and is author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues (Palgrave 2016) and translator of Manus by Behrouz Boochani (Picador 2017).

Research interests

  • Ancient philosophy
  • Religious studies
  • Myth studies
  • Rhetoric studies
  • Narrative studies
  • Intersectional discrimination
  • Migration and displacement
  • Youth cultures and movements
  • Society and culture of Middle East and North Africa
  • Marginalisation in philosophy

Associations

Awards and honours

  • Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department Grant “Living Together Safely” (2015-2016). The grant was awarded to the team made up of members of the Religion, State and Society Network: Dr. Omid Tofighian (USyd) and Assoc. Prof. Lily Rahim (USyd), and Dr. Asnari Jainullabudeen (Bismillah Australia)
  • 2016 Dean’s USS Commendation for Excellence in First Year Teaching for Writing: Style and Method (WRIT1000), University of Sydney
  • 2016 Nomination for University of Sydney Faculty Overall Teaching Award

In the media

2017

2016

2015

2013

2011

Translations

2017

  • Boochani, Behrouz, Manus. Omid Tofighian (trans). With essay and translator’s note. Sydney: Picador - Pan Macmillan Australia, 2017

  • Boochani, B. “Rising tension on Manus Island”, The Saturday Paper, translated by Omid Tofighian, 29 July 2017
  • Boochani, B. “A Kyriarchal System: New Colonial Experiments/New Decolonial Resistance9th Annual Maroon Conference Magazine. Charles Town, Jamaica: Charles Town Maroon Council. 2017.
  • Boochani, B and A. Kamali Sarvestani (Film Directors). Chauka, please tell us the time (2016).Transcription and translation by Omid Tofighian

2016

Other Published Articles

2017

  • Tofighian, O. “Countering the Colonial Curriculum: Whiteness, power and the capacity to live life well into the Future.” 9th Annual Maroon Conference Magazine. Charles Town, Jamaica: Charles Town Maroon Council, 2017
  • Tofighian, O. “Why Is My Curriculum White – Australasia Campaign?” Transcultural Imaginations. Religion, State & Society Network magazine. University of Sydney: 2017.
  • Tofighian, O. “To Tackle Extremism in Schools We Must Challenge the White Curriculum.” (re-published). Transcultural Imaginations. Religion, State & Society Network magazine. University of Sydney: 2017.

Community Outreach

Omid is experienced and skilled in designing and delivering community workshops, conferences/seminars and art/cultural exhibitions. He contributes regularly to debates and events pertaining to cross-cultural understanding, youth culture, migration, asylum seekers and refugees. Omid's community work places special emphasis on education and awareness, and he has received funding and institutional support from community groups, cultural organisations and festival directors. He has also delivered educational and cultural workshops for youth from different social and cultural backgrounds at The Street University in Western Sydney (part of the Ted Noffs Foundation), and collaborates on projects run by Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Tofighian, O. (2016). Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Tofighian, O. (2013). Contemporary Liminal Encounters: Moving Beyond Traditional Plots in Majidi's Baran. In Asghar Seyed-Gohrab and Kamran Talattof (Eds.), Conflict and Development in Iranian Film, (pp. 103-116). Leiden: Leiden University Press.
  • Macpherson, R., Tofighian, O. (2008). Preparing and Developing School Leaders in the Middle East: Mediating Westernization with Indigenous and Evidence-based Practice and Theory of Educative Leadership. In Jacky Lumby, Gary Crow and Petros Pashiardis (Eds.), International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders, (pp. 383-409). New York: Routledge.

Journals

  • Tofighian, O. (2018). Behrouz Boochani and the Manus Prison narratives: merging translation with philosophical reading. Continuum, 32(4), 532-540. [More Information]
  • Tofighian, O. (2011). Iranians Continue to be Persecuted After Fleeing Iran: Australia's Human Rights Dilemma. Literature and Aesthetics, 21(Special Edtion), 20-22.
  • Tofighian, O. (2011). Prolonged Liminality and Comparative Examples of Rioting 'Down Under'. Literature and Aesthetics, 21(Special Edition), 97-103.
  • Tofighian, O. (2010). Beyond the Myth/Philosophy Dichotomy: Foundations for an Interdependent Perspective. Forum Philosophicum, 15(1), 175-190.
  • Tofighian, O. (2009). Rethinking Plato's Theory of Art: Aesthetics and the 'Timaeus'. Literature and Aesthetics, 19(2), 25-40.
  • Tofighian, O. (2005). The Religious Methodology of Paul Tillich: Religion as Ultimate Concern. Threskeiologia (The Greek Journal of Comparative Religion), 6/7(1).
  • Tofighian, O. (2003). Steps Toward Love and Gnosis: Sufi Interpretations of the Spiritual 'Stations' and 'States'. Threskeiologia (The Greek Journal of Comparative Religion), 5(1).

2018

  • Tofighian, O. (2018). Behrouz Boochani and the Manus Prison narratives: merging translation with philosophical reading. Continuum, 32(4), 532-540. [More Information]

2016

  • Tofighian, O. (2016). Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

2013

  • Tofighian, O. (2013). Contemporary Liminal Encounters: Moving Beyond Traditional Plots in Majidi's Baran. In Asghar Seyed-Gohrab and Kamran Talattof (Eds.), Conflict and Development in Iranian Film, (pp. 103-116). Leiden: Leiden University Press.

2011

  • Tofighian, O. (2011). Iranians Continue to be Persecuted After Fleeing Iran: Australia's Human Rights Dilemma. Literature and Aesthetics, 21(Special Edtion), 20-22.
  • Tofighian, O. (2011). Prolonged Liminality and Comparative Examples of Rioting 'Down Under'. Literature and Aesthetics, 21(Special Edition), 97-103.

2010

  • Tofighian, O. (2010). Beyond the Myth/Philosophy Dichotomy: Foundations for an Interdependent Perspective. Forum Philosophicum, 15(1), 175-190.

2009

  • Tofighian, O. (2009). Rethinking Plato's Theory of Art: Aesthetics and the 'Timaeus'. Literature and Aesthetics, 19(2), 25-40.

2008

  • Macpherson, R., Tofighian, O. (2008). Preparing and Developing School Leaders in the Middle East: Mediating Westernization with Indigenous and Evidence-based Practice and Theory of Educative Leadership. In Jacky Lumby, Gary Crow and Petros Pashiardis (Eds.), International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders, (pp. 383-409). New York: Routledge.

2005

  • Tofighian, O. (2005). The Religious Methodology of Paul Tillich: Religion as Ultimate Concern. Threskeiologia (The Greek Journal of Comparative Religion), 6/7(1).

2003

  • Tofighian, O. (2003). Steps Toward Love and Gnosis: Sufi Interpretations of the Spiritual 'Stations' and 'States'. Threskeiologia (The Greek Journal of Comparative Religion), 5(1).

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