Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy


Brief Biography

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, Netherlands, and graduated with a combined honors degree in philosophy and studies in religion at the University of Sydney. Tofighian has lived variously in the United Arab Emirates where he taught at Abu Dhabi University; Belgium where he was a visiting scholar at K.U. Leuven; 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).


BA (Honors, Sydney), PhD (Leiden)


  • Tofighian, Omid. Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
  • Boochani, Behrouz, Manus. Omid Tofighian (trans). With essay and translator’s note. Sydney: Picador - Pan Macmillan Australia, 2017
  • 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. “Prolonged Liminality and Comparative Examples of Rioting ‘Down Under.’” Journal of the Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics 21 (2011): 97-103.
  • 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