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Third International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora: Call for papers for presentation

DEADLINE for abstracts: January 2, 2007

Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) ( is pleased to announce its Third International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, to take place April 28-29, 2007 at New York University in New York, NY.

IAAB is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen the Iranian diaspora community, placing particular emphasis on its youth.

The conference will address the current conditions and issues facing the Iranian diaspora through a series of panels and workshops. In addition to providing an open environment for productive and interactive discussions about the diaspora, the conference will also serve as an opportunity to build a stronger network of Iranians across national borders.

Paper submissions

Submissions are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following areas:

1) Media and the formation of diasporic cultures
2) Fieldwork or case studies of specific Iranian diaspora communities
3) The role of the diaspora in Iran's socio-economic development
4) The implications of representing Iran in the diaspora
5) Importance of language study in the diaspora
6) Civic participation among members of the diaspora
7) Identity negotiation and expression among second-generation Iranians
8) Other topics regarding the present conditions, contributions, or challenges faced by Iranians in the diaspora

All papers should be of 15 minute duration and may be delivered in either of the conference languages, English and Persian. We encourage you to submit narrative and personal stories in addition to papers of a more academic nature. Short films will also be accepted for consideration.

The audience of the conference will include academics, NGO and community leaders, students, artists, and members of the Iranian diaspora and international community. Although the International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora is a professional academic conference, preference will be given to papers that will generate discussion among a diverse audience and have potential to engage the entire community.

Submission Requirements

Extended abstracts of 500 1500 words should be submitted using the online submission form available at

Please provide all of the contact details and biographical information requested. Abstracts without this information will not be considered.

Please direct any questions regarding submissions to

Film Submissions

If you are submitting a short film for consideration, in addition to submitting a brief description of the film through the online submission form, please also mail a copy of the film to IAAB's official address:

Attn: Conference 2007
7764 Brandeis Way
Springfield, VA 22153

Please note: submitted material will not be returned.

DEADLINE for abstracts: January 2, 2007

Please feel free to share this email with anyone who might be interested in the conference. To find out more information about IAAB, and the previous two International Conferences on the Iranian Diaspora, please visit our website at:


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