Specializing in comparative literature, Behnam M. Fomeshi is interested in Iranian studies, American studies and in particular the intersection of the two. He is also highly experienced in literary theory, with experience in teaching and considerable expertise in Persian language, literature and culture. He lectured at various national and international conferences, symposia, colloquia, and workshops. He has taught courses on various genres as well as study skills.

Behnam is a fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research on Whitman and Persian poetry. In addition to a Humboldt fellowship, he has received several grants including two for research at the University of St Andrews and Leiden University. His works have been widely published and his monograph, The Persian Whitman: Beyond a Literary Reception was released with Leiden University Press in 2019.


Behnam would like to keep in touch with scholars of Persian and American literature from around the world. Any piece of information regarding the presence of American literature in Iran (e.g. an early translation of American literature into Persian) is highly appreciated.


کوچکترین نکته ای دربارۀ «پذیرش ادبیات امریکا در ایران»، برای نمونه ترجمه های نخستین از آثار نویسندگان آمریکایی به فارسی، به پژوهش من کمک شایانی خواهد کرد. پیشاپیش از عزیزانی که در این باره مرا راهنمایی بفرمایند سپاسگزارم.


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    Member, Weaving Media Network 2023

    Member, Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) 2022

    Member, History and Translation Network 2021

    Member, International Australian Studies Association (InASA) 2021

    Member, Australian Association for Literature (AAL) 2021

    Member, Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) 2021

    Member, Modern Language Association (MLA) 2020

    Member, Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows (AAvHF) 2020

    Member, Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 2020

    Member, American Studies Association (ASA) 2020

    Member, Association of Iranica in Australasia (AIA) 2019

    Member, Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association (AULLA) 2019

    Member, Australian Reception Network (ARN) 2019

    Member, Reception Study Society (RSS) 2019

    Member, International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) 2017

    Member, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2017

    Member, German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) 2017

    Member, Association for Iranian Studies (AIS) 2017

    Member, Iranian Literary Criticism Association 2014

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