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Call for Dialogue: Iranian students abroad to hold conference in Berlin

Europe-based Persian student activists are coming together for a conference in Germany in October of 2010. The three-day "Call for Dialogue" will be held at Berlin Free University on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of October 2010.

The conference organizers have announced that "the current political situation of Iran causes its nationals who live both inside its geographical territories and across the globe to gasp for air under the shell of a seemingly endless night. The recent waves of protest in Iran, despite all the sacrifices, have not yet broken down the dam of repression, oppression, and crackdown. Bloods has been washed off the streets, but the struggle is by no means over."

The student activists believe that the Persian (Iranian) protest movement now requires careful reflection of the past and the creation of new perspectives to determine future actions and guide its existence. The experience of the movement clearly demonstrates that organizing from below is necessary to end cycles of domination.

 The non-partisan "Call for Dialogue" organizers, add, "Our generation has never had the possibility to create an independent response to the established inhumane practices of our government. As a result, we see the need to organize a series of meetings and dialogues concerning issues surrounding the concept of 'organizing from below'. These sessions have been arranged by students and young political activists who seek to set the foundation for an independent and distributed organization of youth and students. The formation of such an organization through a 'from below' process necessitates the discussion of sensitive issues by members of various concerned groups. Therefore, it is crucial that many diverse young activists gather to discuss the pivotal topics and problems pertaining to the self-organization of Iranian students and youth abroad.

"To this end, we call for interested groups to gather and discuss the issues surrounding formation of an independent, distributed, self-organization of youth and students abroad. We believe that alternative approaches can be developed with collective intellect and that for that reason, we need to engage in continuous dialogue. We hope that this gathering will be the opening chapter of a novel experience in the political arena."

Berlin Free University

The focus of the three day gathering will be the following themes:

  1. The necessity to form an independent, distributed, self-organized groups of the Iranian youth and students abroad
    (The difficulties of the current political situation; requirements and prospects of transition)

  2. Revisiting the experience of the activities of the youth networks abroad, particularly in the past year
    (Achievements, shortcomings, and possibilities of a more widespread self-organization of these networks)

  3. An overview of the international experiences regarding the organization of youth and the students
    (With an emphasis on the experiences of self-organized international groups)
  4. Alternative models of independent self-organization of youth and students abroad
    (With an emphasis on organizing from below: how and why?)

Format of the gathering

 Our goal is to provide the possibility of active participation in this meeting, in such a way that they get to know and talk to each other, trust one another, and think together so that we can eventually find common objectives for collaboration. To this aim, the meeting will be held as panel discussions and open discussion sessions.

The content of the panels will be the articles that are to be submitted and presented by participants. The submission of articles is not mandatory for participation in the meeting. Furthermore, some of the panels will bring together Persian-speaking with non-Persian speaking international activists and will be held in English or German.

Article submission

All interested youth and students are encouraged to submit articles related to the above themes. Submit by 15thSeptember, 2010 to . Articles should be in "MS-Word" format. The received articles will be all published in both digital and print formats and will become accessible to the public on the website of the meeting.

Due to time constraints, only a selection of articles will be presented by the author. The list of the articles and the participants of the panels will be announced on the 20th of September.


In order to facilitate the arrangements of the meeting, interested youth and students are kindly requested to inform the organizers of their attendance by sending in a registration form to Registration will also be possible at the site of the meeting. It should be noted that personal details of the participants are not mandatory for registration.

During the gathering, accommodations will be available free of charge inside the university sport halls or dorms. Participants should bring their own sleeping bags.

For information regarding cheap public transportation, please contact your local youth network. In order to get in touch with your local network, you can contact

Time and location

Friday 1st- Sunday 3rd October, 2010

Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin

Registration fee: 20 Euros, student-card holders 10 Euros

The registration fee covers 3 days of the gathering and is just an aid to the expenses of the meetings

Conference blog in Persian

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