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09/17/10

Conference at UCLA: Iran Ideology 2010


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The Role of Ideology and Citizenship in Iran from the 1979 Revolution to the 2009 Green Movement


Official Conference Website 

October 9, 2010, 10 am-6 pm
Check-in: 9-10 am
University of California, Los Angeles
Humanities Building, Room A51

This one-day conference promises to examine the shifting terrain of Iranian social movements over the past 30 years.  Discussants will focus on the role that ideology and citizenship have played in Iranian politics across two distinct political events: the 1979 Revolution and today's "Green Movement." Specifically: Whereas ideologies played a central role in the 1979 revolution, many scholars and activists have recently claimed that the Green Movement of 2009 represents a "post-ideological" generation with many participants in the movement identifying themselves as "non-ideological." What are the consequences of this position in contemporary political discourse and debate about Iran (and beyond)? Moreover: the Green Movement began with the slogan "Where is my vote?" To what extent is the Green Movement concerned with questions of citizenship?  In the consolidation of power following the Revolution of 1979, notions of citizenship were solidified in the Constitution and legal codes of the new state. What is the relationship between these notions of citizenship and state ideology? To what extent are these notions the product of certain ideological presuppositions?

In addition to a diachronic analysis of ideology and citizenship within Iranian society, discussants will offer an international analysis of similar developments between Iran and other social contexts. The contention is that events in Iran, while specific to a particular social and historical context, are not limited to that context but rather reflect and respond to global issues.  Read more about the themes of the conference.

Speakers include: Hamid Dabashi, Kaveh Ehsani, Mehrangiz Kar, Muhammad Sahimi, Aamir Mufti, and William I. Robinson.  More speakers are being added.  Check the conference website for the latest updates.

Registration is required and free.  Please register at our website.  Same-day registration will also be available.  Refreshments will be provided. 

Website: www.IranIdeologyConference.wordpress.com

Contact us: IranIdeologyConference@gmail.com

Event Sponsors: The event is sponsored by the Iranian Graduate Students' Association in the Social Sciences and Humanities at UCLA and is cosponsored by the UCLA Iranian Student Group.  The Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA, the Samuel Jordan Center supports it for Persian Studies and Culture at UC Irvine, the UCLA International Institute, the Amuzegar Chair of Iranian Studies at UCLA, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, and the Department of Political Science at UCLA.

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