IAAB Conference

IAAB's 2012 International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora was held October 13-14, 2012, at UCLA. The conference included 35 panel presentations, 10 workshops and roundtables, 6 films, and 2 keynote addresses from speakers Professor Hamid Naficy and Noosheen Hashemi.

The IAAB Conference creates 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 and biggest program of its kind, presenters will join us from the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America, bringing a truly global perspective to these important conversations.

Topics included in this conference: 
  • Refugees and Asylees: Rights, Challenges, and Advocacy
  • The Impact of the Sanctions on the Iranian American Community
  • The Production of Diasporic Media
  • Race and Profiling
  • Social Services and the Iranian American Community
  • Transnational Activism in and between Iran and the Iranian Diaspora
  • Iranian Community Centers: Lessons Learned, Models, and Challenges
  • The Roles of Iranian Student Organizations: Advocacy vs. Cultural Programming
  • Cultural Production in the Diaspora
  • Storytelling: Oral, Visual, and Multimedia Histories of Iranians in Diaspora

IAAB is also presented a film series during the Conference, featuring the work of diaspora filmmakers. 

For the Saturday evening entertainment of the Conference, IAAB supported the Los Angeles debut of Mahmoud, Tara Gerami's award-winning one-woman play that took the Toronto and New York Fringe Festivals by storm!

Click here to see full schedule.

This Conference was presented by Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), with generous co-sponsorship from the UCLA Department of Anthropology, the UCLA Dean of Social Sciences, and the G.E. Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies.