Visiting Doctoral Fellow
Mohaddeseh Ziyachi obtained her BA in social sciences at Allameh Tabataba'i University in Iran and completed her master's degree in sociology at the same university. Her master's dissertation was concerned with the problem of gender and the city, focusing on the concept of "the women-friendly city". Being interested in gender issues as well as interdisciplinary studies, she did her PhD in the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen's University of Belfast, UK. In her PhD thesis, she investigated "the problem of motherhood in Iran" from a cognitive, evolutionary, and anthropological perspective.
During her fellowship at OIB, Mohaddeseh focuses on the history of motherhood in Iran and demonstrates that cognitive anthropological and cultural model studies need to be reconsidered in terms of their little attention to historical analysis of the cultural models' continuities and discontinuities.