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International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora

2012 IAAB International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, Day 2

Sunday, October 14, 2012
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Covel Commons
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This October 13-14, 2012, at UCLA, IAAB will host its 5th International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora.  This year's conference will include panel presentations, workshops and roundtables,  films, and keynote addresses from speakers Professor Hamid Naficy and Noosheen Hashemi.  
The IAAB Conference creates an innovative forum for academics, graduate students, journalists, artists, and community leaders to discuss the development, challenges, and needs of our global community.  The first and biggest program of its kind, presenters will join us from the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America, bringing a truly global perspective to these important conversations. 

Topics to be included in this conference include:
•    Refugees and Asylees: Rights, Challenges, and Advocacy
•    The Impact of the Sanctions on the Iranian American Community
•    The Production of Diasporic Media
•    Race and Profiling
•    Social Services and the Iranian American Community
•    Transnational Activism in and between Iran and the Iranian Diaspora
•    Iranian Community Centers: Lessons Learned, Models, and Challenges
•    The Roles of Iranian Student Organizations: Advocacy vs. Cultural Programming
•    Cultural Production in the Diaspora
•    Storytelling: Oral, Visual, and Multimedia Histories of Iranians in Diaspora

Day 2 Program:

9:00 - 9:30 AM Registration & Breakfast
9:30 AM Welcome – Amy Malek, Conference Director (IAAB/UCLA)

9:35 AM Panel 6
Iranians Online & Offline: Place and Space in Diaspora
Mr. Babak Elahi (Rochester Institute of Technology) – “Crossing Tehran Avenue: The Convergence of Digital, Urban, and Diasporic Iranian Spaces”
Ms. Donya Alinejad (Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands) – “The fixities and fluidities of home in a digital age: a virtual ethnography of second-generation Iranian Los Angeles”
Mr. Pouya Jahanshahi (Laguna College of Art & Design) & Mr. Jeff Knowlton (34 North 118 West) – “Tehrangeles Portal”
Ms. Sanaz Raji (University of Leeds, UK) – "Israelis and Iranians: Get a Room!": Love, Hate and Transnational Politics from the Israel loves Iran and Iran loves Israel Campaign

11:00 AM KEYNOTE 2: Dr. Hamid Naficy (Northwestern University)
Dr. Hamid Naficy is a Professor of Radio-Television-Film and the Hamid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication at Northwestern University. He is a leading authority in cultural studies of diaspora, exile, and postcolonial cinemas and media and of Iranian and Middle Eastern cinemas.

11:30 AM Panel 6
The Production of Diasporic Media: Entertainment & Journalism
Ms. Golnoush Niknejad ( – “The Tehran Bureau. Digital News on Iran and the Iranian Diaspora”
Ms. Sima Sahar Zerehi (Shahrvand Newspaper, Toronto) - "From Home to Host Country: The Role of Ethnic Media in Weaving Local and Global Communities"
Mr. Mahmood Enayat (Univ. of Oxford, UK)

12:30 PM Lunch

1:15 PM Panel 7
Race & Profiling: Discrimination, Immigration, and the Pursuit of Justice in Iranian America
Mr. John Tehranian (Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles) - “Who’s Afraid of Hussein, or Playing Cowboys and Iranians: The Trope of Colorblindness in the Age of Obama”
Ms. Mitra Ebadolahi (ACLU, New York) - “Coming of Age Post-9/11: Reflections on an Era of Discrimination and Our Role in the Pursuit of Justice”
Ms. Tala Khanmalek (UC Berkeley) – “Terrorists-in-the-Making: Mental Health Studies About Iranian Immigrants after 9/11”
Ms. Nakkisa Akhavan (UCLA Law) – “The Unholy Union of Immigration and Counterterrorism: Disproportionate Targeting of Middle Easterners post-9/11 and Recommendations Looking to the Second Decade”

2:35 PM Breakout Sessions: Roundtables & Workshops (Note: all sessions run concurrently in one 45-minute period)

Day 2 Roundtables:
Filmmakers’ Roundtable (films screened separately)
Facilitator: Mr. Arash Saedinia
Participants TBA

Human Sciences and Iranian Diaspora Studies
Dr. Nasrin Rahimieh (UC Irvine), Dr. Persis Karim (San Jose State), Dr. Touraj Daryaee (UC Irvine), Dr. Mazyar Lotfalian (UC Irvine)

Day 2 Workshops:
Immigration: Undocumented Experiences, Challenges, and Paths Forward
Ms. Pouneh Behin, Ms. Shirin Hakimzadeh, Mr. Mohammad Abdollahi, Mr. Diego Sepulveda

Giving Back: Philanthropy and Volunteerism in the Iranian Diaspora

Social Services and the Iranian American Community
Ms. Mastaneh Moghadam, LSW (Jewish Family Services)

3:30 PM Panel 8
Bringing Us Together: Innovative Diasporic Community Organizing
Chair/Discussant: Ms. Narges Bajoghli (IAAB/NYU)
Ms. Golineh Atai (DIWAN, Germany) – “How a (socio-) cultural initiative, founded by 2nd- and 3rd- generation Iranians can bring together Iranians of all age and Germans”
Mr. Mehrdad Ariannejad (founder, Tirgan Festival) – “Tirgan, the Largest Iranian Cultural Festival in the World, Outside Iran”
Ms. Hoori Sadler (Persian American Cancer Institute)
Dr. Mammad Aidani (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia) – “What is Deposited in the Mother Tongue: Making Theatre in Diaspora”

4:55 PM Panel 9
Transnational Activism in and between Iran and the Iranian Diaspora
Chair/Discussant: Dr. Nayereh Tohidi (CSUN)
Dr. Paola Rivetti (Dublin City University, Ireland) – “The Role of Diasporas in Establishing Transnational Activism: The Case of Iran”
Dr. Catherine Sameh (Barnard Center for Research on Women) – “Beyond "Shahs of Sunset:" Feminist and Activist Narratives from the Iranian Diaspora in Southern California”
Mr. Sadra Shahab (NYC)

6:00 PM End of Conference

EXILE Film Series
IAAB is pleased to present a film series during the 2012 IAAB Conference, featuring the work of Iranian filmmakers in diaspora, and organized around the theme of Exile. Films will be screened throughout the weekend at the conference venue (schedule to be announced soon), and will tentatively include:

DAR AN SOOY by Ashkan Nasseri
INHERITANCE by Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz
MARGINAL ROAD by Yassaman Ameri
PASHMALOO by Ana Lily Amirpour

Game Demo & Interactive Presentation
Mr. Peter Brinson and Mr. Kurosh ValaNejad -- “The Cat and the Coup”
"The Cat and the Coup" is a documentary videogame in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. During the summer of 1953, the CIA engineered a coup to bring about his downfall. As a player, you coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off of shelves, scattering his papers, jumping on his lap and scratching him.i


Cost :

(310) 825-1181

Sponsor(s): , Anthropology, Iranian Alliances Across Borders; Dean of Social Sciences

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