International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora

IAAB Conference, New York University

What happens to an International Iranian Conference during the Muslim Ban? Join IAAB and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University Saturday, September 22nd-Sunday, September 23rd for the ‘Banned Lives’ Conference. The program is free and open to the public - no pre-registration is required!

Learn more about the Muslim ban, the role of sanctuary cities in protecting our communities, and how to organize in our current climate. Civil rights advocates, lawyers, and organizers will share their insight and discuss what’s next.

Since 2003, the IAAB Conference has served as an international forum for academics, 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 join IAAB from the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America, bringing a truly global perspective to these important conversations. 

Unfortunately, despite IAAB's initial victory in the Fourth Circuit regarding speakers for IAAB's International Conference, the Supreme Court overturned the Fourth Circuit decision in its June 26th ruling supporting the Muslim ban. As such, IAAB is unable to hold its International Conference in the United States any longer. Plans for a 2019 International Conference to be held outside of the United States are underway. To learn more, join us at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU on September 22nd-September 23rd. IAAB will also be announcing more details later this fall.

University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

Past Conference Topics have included:

  • Identity formation in the second generation

  • Persian language acquisition in the second 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; Nassim Assefi; Negin Farsad

  • 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; 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:

  • University of California, Los Angeles (2012)

  • University of California, Berkeley (2009)

  • New York University (2007)

  • University of Maryland, College Park (2005)

  • Wellesley College and Tufts University (2004)


Please direct any inquiries regarding the Conference, including sponsorship and media requests, to


The 2018 IAAB Conference is organized in partnership with Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU.