Chowra Makaremi – Principal Investigator (PI) of the ERC Off-Site

Chowra Makaremi is a tenured research scholar at CNRS in Paris (IRIS EHESS). Her research activity focuses on the anthropology of the State, everyday and legal forms of violence, and processes of subjectivation at the margins. It also reflects on the methods of knowledge production and dissemination. It explores the ethnography of the State in France (migrations, national frontiers and social boundaries), and the ethnography of violence in Iran (post-revolution experiences and legacies). More here.


Natalia Pashkeeva – Post-doc

After her graduation from the Institute of History and Archives (IAI) of the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU) in Moscow, Natalia Pashkeeva followed the Master’s programme on Archives and Digital Humanities in History of the École Nationale des Chartes (ENC) in Paris. She then started to work closely with the historical archives of the the NGO World Alliance of YMCAs with a particular focus on the Russian émigrés in Europe after 1917. This empirical field work resulted in a PhD thesis in contemporary history submitted at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in 2018. For her dissertation research, Natalia Pashkeeva worked in different archival repositories in the United States, Russia, France and Switzerland. This work has also directed Natalia Pashkeeva towards her actual research interest focused on NGOs activities in the field of gathering, analysing and disseminating of information on national areas like Russia and Iran.


Pardis Shafafi – Research associate

Dr Pardis Shafafi is an anthropologist specialising in political violence, legal anthropology and peoples´ tribunals, having completed her doctoral degree from the University of St Andrews in 2015 on these and other related themes. She has special expertise and interest on enduring victim-survivor pursuits for accountability and justice in contexts of impunity for powerful perpetuators. Dr Shafafi is the co-editor of the 2015 ‘States of impunity’ series for OpenDemocracy and co-editor and contributor to the upcoming 2019 special edition ’The Ethnography of Peoples’ Tribunals’ for PoLAR journal, writing on violation documentation efforts in the Syrian conflict. She is currently researching and writing on state practices of ‘enforced forgetting’ in the wake of systematic violence for a forthcoming Routledge Volume on these wider themes and acts as an elected convenor of the European Association of Anthropologists’ Applied Anthropology Network, alongside her role as senior researcher at Designit Oslo.


Bahar Majdzadeh – Research associate

Bahar Majdzadeh is an artist-researcher. Her recent projects include both practice and theory. After finishing a thesis in Visual Art at Sorbonne University in 2019, she is now a temporary research and teaching assistant (ATER) at Aix-Marseille University. Her research focuses on the representation of mass violences in art and her practice fields include photography, sculpture and artistic cartography.


Leila Ghalebani – Research associate

Dr. Leila Ghalebani is a driven and engaged Data Scientist with a strong computational background in Physical chemistry. Receiving funds from Sweden’s innovation agency VINNOVA for the project “Risk assessment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by NMR metabonomic” in 2009 was a reorientation for Leila’s scientific career towards data science. Leila applies Machine learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in computational medicine to understand underlying molecular bases of complex diseases (such as different dementia types).

Leila also develops algorithms for ML and applies multi-variate data analysis for the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health problems and behavioral health. She is interested in deploying cost-effective ML and AI-powered analytics in real-world data. She has successfully adopted ML models in collaboration with health professionals and other “Applied Science” partners. She presumes that widespread adoption of human-centered computation in the personal, social, ethical context, and human rights implications will improve life quality and wellbeing through AI-powered analytics, and digital solutions.

There is still a lack of an official international court for governmental crime and violation against ordinary citizens. As a social activist, Leila joined the movement for justice, initiated by the family members, former political prisoners, and survivors of mass execution, in an international people’s tribunal (Iran Tribunal, Hague 2012). Tribunal’s verdict was that Iran’s government committed a crime against humanity in 1980-1989. Now she applies her analytics expertise to visualize the data related to mass execution in that bloody decade. The preliminary results are promising for giving a visual overview of the data. Using a complete dataset based on compared data from different sources will create a trustable unique visual reference for the future. Gathering all existing lists in one is her main goal in collaboration with Off-site.


Shokoufeh Sakhi – Research associate

Dr. Shokoufeh Sakhi is currently a member of the Pathologies of Solitude research network, a project hosted at Queen Mary University, London. She has a doctorate in political science from York University.  Her dissertation, Ethics and the Subject of Resistance: Levinas, Foucault and Marx, is focused on the distinction between ‘ethical’ and ‘survival’ objectives, a distinction through which resistance and capitulation may be elucidated. She acted as Executive Committee Director (2013-2014) of the Iran Tribunal Foundation investigating the Iranian state’s crime against humanity in the 1980s. She also testified as an ex-political prisoner at the Iranian People’s Tribunal hearings held at The Hague (2012). Among many documentaries, she participated in The Tree That Remembers, an NFB documentary film on the experiences of Iranian political prisoners in the first decade after the 1979 revolution. Her most recent publications are “Ethical-Political Praxis: Social Justice and the Resistant Subject in Iran” in Iran’s Struggles for Social Justice: Palgrave 2017, and “A Taste of Mortadella” in Voices of a Massacre: Onewrold Publication 2021.


Arpita Das – Publishing advisor and counsellor /  Proofreader

Arpita Das is the Founder-Publisher of the indie publishing house based in New Delhi, Yoda Press. She is Visiting Faculty and a Senior Writing Fellow at Ashoka University, a Board Member of PublisHer ( and the South Asia Series Editor at Melbourne University Publishing.



Marie Ladier-Fouladi

Marie Ladier-Fouladi is a sociodemographer and research director at CNRS/EHESS-CETOBaC. Her current research focuses on the populationist policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. By questioning the ideological and political logic that drives this new orientation of the Iranian state, she proposes to examine various projects set up for this purpose in order to shed light on the process of mutation of the political regime and its social consequences. Marie Ladier-Fouladi has published among others ‘Iran : un monde de paradoxes’ (Nantes, Atalante, 2009), ‘Iran, un reportage intellectuel 1978-2014’ in Vacarme, n° 68, summer 2014, and ‘La sécularisation en Iran sous la République islamique’ in Raison publique, June 2015.


Shahla Talebi

Shahla Talebi is assistant professor of religious studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University. Talebi’s research interests include questions of self sacrifice and martyrdom, violence, memory, trauma, death, burial, funerary rituals, commemoration and memorialization or their banning, religion, revolution, and nation-state in contemporary Iran. Talebi is the author of “Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran” by Stanford University Press.


Kamran Matin

Kamran Matin is senior lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. His research focuses on the international historical sociology of the Middle East. He is the author of Recasting Iranian Modernity: International Relations and Social Change (London: Rutledge, 2013) and co-editor of Historical Sociology and World History: Unnerve and Combined Development over the Longue Durée (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016, forthcoming). He is co-convenor of the British International Studies Association working group on Historical Sociology in International Relations, and part of the management committee for the Centre for Advanced International Theory at Sussex.


Florence Clavaud

Florence Clavaud is a French National Heritage Curator (Conservatrice générale du patrimoine). She is Head of the National Archives Lab, Digital and Conservation Department, National Archives of France ; Member of the Jean-Mabillon Centre of the Ecole des Chartes (EA 3624) and Executive Member of the International Council on Archives Expert Group on Archival Description.

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