Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
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Brief Biography

Omid Tofighian is an award-winning lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in citizen media, popular culture, displacement and discrimination. He completed his PhD in philosophy at Leiden University, Netherlands, and graduated with a combined honors degree in philosophy and studies in religion at the University of Sydney. Tofighian has lived variously in Australia where he taught at different universities; the United Arab Emirates 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 Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo; Adjunct Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW; Honorary Research Associate for the Department of Philosophy, 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 refugees, migrants and youth. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles, is author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues (Palgrave 2016), translator of Behrouz Boochani's multi-award winning book No Friend but the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison (Picador 2018), and co-editor of 'Refugee Filmmaking', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (Winter 2019).  

Selected Publications 

  • Boochani, Behrouz, No Friend But The Mountains. Writing From Manus Prison. Translated by Omid Tofighian. With translator’s note and essay. Sydney: Picador, 2018
  • Tofighian, Omid. Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
  • Tofighian, Omid. “Citizen Media and Philosophy.’ In Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media, edited Luis Pérez-González, Bolette Blaagaard and Mona Baker, New York: Routledge (forthcoming 2020)
  • Tofighian, Omid. “Exile and Incarceration Commuted into Cinematic Vision.” Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (Winter 2019)
  • Boochani, Behrouz and Omid Tofighian. “No Friend but the Mountains: Translation as Literary Experimentation and Shared Philosophical Activity.” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics (2019).
  • Tofighian, Omid. “Behrouz Boochani and the Manus Prison Narratives: Merging Translation with Philosophical Reading.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies Vol. 32, 3 (2018)
  • Tofighian, Omid. “Black Bodies for Political Profit: Sudanese and Somali Standpoints on Australia’s Racialised Border Regime.” Transition Magazine 126. Indiana University Press for the Hutchins Centre, Harvard University (2018)
  • Tofighian, Omid. “Contemporary Liminal Encounters: Moving Beyond Traditional Plots in Majidi’s Baran." In Conflict and Development in Iranian Film, edited by A.A. Seyed-Gohrab & K. Talattof, 103-116. Leiden: LUP, 2013
  • Tofighian, Omid. "Beyond the Myth/Philosophy Dichotomy: Foundations for an Interdependent Perspective." Forum Philosophicum - International Journal for Philosophy 15:1 (2010): 175-190
  • Tofighian, Omid. “Rethinking Plato’s Theory of Art: Aesthetics and the Timaeus.” Journal of the Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics 19:2 (2009)
Research Interest
  • 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
  • Marginalization in philosophy