Journalist, writer and activist
From October 15 to October 25, 2018
Parvin Ardalan is a journalist, feminist activist and writer. She was the chef editor of the feminist websites such as Iranian Feminists Tribune, Zanestan and Change for equality in Iran where she also co-founded the Women’s Cultural Center and the One Million Signatures Campaign – a grassroot movement aimed at repealing discriminatory laws against women.
Ardalan won the Olof Palme Prize In 2007, the Hellman/Hammett award in 2010 and the ROKS Womens´ Deed Award in 2015. She is a member of Swedish PEN and resided as a guest writer in Malmö City of Refuge from 2010 to 2012.
Ardalan co-initiated Feminist Dialog and the process “Women Making HERstory” 2013-2016 to unveil and re-write the history of immigrant women through 100 years in the city of Malmö. Currently she is the project leader of “Migration Memory Encounters” where the knowledge, experiences and memories of migrants in various cultural fields are being rediscovered and performed in Sweden.
At Faber I intend to study immigration and the narratives that must be seen, heard and written from different angles. My life and my immigration have also affected my mother’s life. It reveals the fact that immigration is not only the story of immigrants, but also the story of the ones didn’t want or couldn’t immigrate. They are part of the reality that is usually ignored. I intend to look at my immigration by memory traveling to my mother’s life, and present some shades of her life through her narratives in my text which I attend to work on at Faber.