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19th International Annual Conference of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation (IWSF): Berkeley, California July 4-6

The Essential Needs of the Iranian Woman Today

Date: July 4-6, 2008
Wheeler Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley

Despite a myriad of social and legal setbacks in the last thirty years wherein Iranian women lost many of the rights they had attained in the past 100 years, they have continuously strived to improve their social and political status. Consequently they have established their presence in different spheres of life, particularly that of civil society. This conference will examine the socio-political needs of the Iranian woman in regards to ethnicity, gender, religion, class background, sexuality, and sexual orientation.


Friday July 4

9:00 Registration

11:00 Welcoming Address: Local Organizing Committee

11:30 Hammed Shahidian Award: Nahid Shahidian (Canada)

12:00 Lunch Break

1:30 Keynote Speaker : Cherrie L. Moraga (USA)

2:15 Partow Nooriala (USA): The Necessity of Shattering the Traditional Images of Women in Cinema

3:15 Afternoon Break

3:30 Woman of the Year Program

5:00 Music: Looly women's group (Germany )

6:00 Art Exhibit Reception

8:00 Play: In Memory of Kazem Ashtari , a Play by Sepideh Khosrowjah, Performed by Darvag Theater Group (USA)

Saturday July 5

9:00 Registration

9:30 IWSF Address: Golnaz Amin (USA)

10:00 Middle East panel: Donya Ziaee representing Iran (Canada), Nadje Al Ali; Iraq (UK), Amal Amireh; Palestine (USA): The Impact of the Global Economic and Political forces on the Issues of Gender and Women's Rights in the Middle East.

12:00 Lunch Break

1:45 Sharareh Shahrokhi (USA): The Right to Choose "What-to-Wear": An Essential Need for an Iranian Woman or a Superfluous One?

2:45 Pardis Mahdavi (USA): Changing Conceptions of Risk Taking Amongst Urban Iranian Women .

3:45 Afternoon Break

4:00 Women's Movement Panel Discussion: Farzaneh Raji (Iran), Farnaz Saify (Iran), Soheila Vahdati Bana (USA) Various Tendencies Within the Iranian Women's Movement.

6:00 Dinner Break

8:00 Performing Arts: Concert: Raeeka Shehabi- Yaghmai(USA)
Concert: Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat (Iran)

Sunday July 6

9:00 Registration

9:30 Roja Bandari (USA) and Mahnaz Shirali (France): Critical Needs of the Younger Generation of Iranian Women .

10:50 Break

11:00 Sanam Dolatshahi: (USA): A Space of Ones Own: A Look at the Role of Information Communication Technologies and Women's Movement Feminist Web Sites in Iran.

12:00 Lunch Break

2:00 Panel Discussion: Afsaneh Kalantary (USA), Soraya Fallah (USA), Sakineh (Sorur) Sahebi (Germany): How do Women, living Inside and Outside of Iran, Mutually Influence Each Other in Their Efforts to Address and Realize Their Needs?

4:00 Afternoon Break

4:30 Conference Evaluation

8:00 Celebration Party


1) Each speaker has 20 minutes.
2) Open discussion and question and answer session for 20 minutes.
3) Ten minutes after open discussion for speaker to finalize.
4) Simultaneous translation from English to Persian and Persian to English is available at the conference upon request.

Contact Information
Telephone: 1-408-317-2240
Fax: 1-650-386-5170

Mailing Address:


P.O.Box 16102 Oakland, CA 94610

About IWSF:

The Iranian Women's Studies Foundation (IWSF) is a non-profit organization. It has no affiliation to any political or religious group or organization, and aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on issues related to Iranian women, to disseminate information on Iranian women's achievements, and to establish a network of communication among communities of Iranian women the world over. The main activity of IWSF consists of annual international conferences wherein a theme related to Iranian women is approached through scholarly presentations, art exhibitions, and artistic or dramatic performances.

The history of Iran has consisted, for the most part, of male-dominated narratives and accounts of men's exploits and achievements. IWSF attempts to offer a different perspective on Iran's history by protecting, preserving and propagating the works of Iranian Women. Since 1990, IWSF has conducted annual conferences in various cities around the world.

At these gatherings, academics and professionals interested in issues related to Iranian women congregate to share the result of their research, to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of Iranian women, and to exchange ideas and plans for the future. IWSF publishes the proceedings of its annual conferences in the Conference Proceedings of IWSF in which works by and about Iranian women are collected annually. 

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