Tehran, Dec 19, IRNA-The Anthropology Conference was inaugurated here at Tehran Art Center on Monday in a ceremony attended by a number of experts from the Asian, European, American and African continents.
Holy cities, centers of pilgrimage and the experience of Central Asian cities on globalization are high on the agenda of the three-day event.
A number of specialists from Iran, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Britain, Iraq, Austria, Italy and Turkey are also participating in the event.
Some 26 articles will be presented by domestic and foreign researchers at the conference.
`Globalization, Urban Developments and Pilgrimage, Expression of Religion in a Restructured World', `A Look at Pilgrimage Centers', `Nocturnal Pilgrimage in Rome's Divine Love Pilgrimage Center', `Taj Mahal, an Ideal Pilgrimage Center', `City of the Dead, Cairo, an Ancient and Modern Pilgrimage Center', `Pilgrims Residing in Holy Cities Permanently, A Case Study on 20th Century Mashhad` and `The Fatima Pilgrimage Center in Portugal' are among the lectures to be presented at the event.
`Ancient Pilgrimage Centers in Sistan, Eastern Iran', `Tehran in Globalization Era', `Towards Sustainable Pilgrimage Tourism' and `Organized Identity and Local Planning at Iran's Pilgrimage Centers' are also expected to be presented at the conference.
On the sidelines of the conference, several films including `Ashura-Tasua', `Flying Man' and `Sunny' will be screened.
The seminar has been organized by the Cultural Research Bureau.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the event, the secretary of Anthropology Conference, Soheila Shahshahanie said, "International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) was founded in 1984. It annually holds meetings and conferences in one of the member countries."
Putting the number of IUAES members at 200 from 47 world countries, she said that the union is affiliated to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and a member of the International Assembly of Social Sciences and International Assembly of Human and Philosophical Researches.
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