IAAB Conference

IAAB's International Conferences on the Iranian Diaspora create an innovative forum for academics, graduate students, journalists, artists, and community leaders to discuss the development, challenges, and needs of our global community.  The first such program of its kind, presenters at previous conferences have joined us from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, bringing a truly global perspective to these important conversations.  The 5th International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora took place in University of California, Los Angeles, October 13-14, 2012. 

Topics have included:
  • Identity formation in the 2nd generation
  • Persian language acquisition in the 2nd generation
  • Media representation of Iran and its diaspora
  • Writers of the Iranian diaspora
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Domestic violence in the diaspora
  • Civil liberties violations post-9/11
 Speakers have included:
  • Ted Fellows: Taghi Amirani and Nassim Assefi
  • Scholars: Hamid Naficy; Homa Sarshar; Nahid Mozaffari; Kamiar Alaei; Mehdi Bozorgmehr; Arlene Dallalfar; Mahboud Ansari; Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak; Zohreh Sullivan; Elham Gheytanchi; Ali Modarress; Ali Akbar Mahdi; Sima Shaksari; Nahal Naficy; Pardis Mahdavi; Alidad Mafinezam
  • Artists: Taraneh Hemmami; Roxana Vilk; Asa; Haale; Maz Jobrani; Deep Dish; Abjeez; Leyla Pope; Negin Farsad; Ahmad Kiarostami; Houshie Mortezaei; Fared Shafinury; Shahin Najafi; Ayat Najafi
  • Writers: Porochista Khakpour; Kamin Mohammadi; Sholeh Wolpe; Roya Hakakian; Persis Karim; Tara Bahrampour; Niloufar Talebi; Jasmin Darznik
 These conferences have been held at:
  • Wellesley College and Tufts University (2004)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (2005)
  • New York University (2007)
  • University of California, Berkeley (2009)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (2012)