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Iranian Revolution 30 Years On - Abstracts and Biographies

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Plenery Session 1: Researching Contemporary Iran: Historical, Theoretical and Methodological Issues
Day 1: 9:30-11.00, BGLT
  • Abbas MALEKI: Iran’s Islamic Revolution and its Future: Domestic Politics and Culture
  • Soheila SHAHSHAHANI: Claiming our Terrain in Academia
  • Abdolmohammad KAZEMIPOOR: A Generation in Flux: An Empirical Profile of Youth in Post-revolutionary Iran
  • Pardis MAHDAVI: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll in the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Breakout Session 1: Tehran: Cultural Change
Day 1, 11:30-13:00, B102
  • Oliver LEAMAN: The cultural counter-revolution: how the clerical state responded and why it worked
  • Narciss M. SOHRABI: An Investigation of the Bases of the Cultural Development of Tehran City during the Recent Two Hundred Years with an Emphasis on the Period after the Islamic Republic
  • Roya RAD: Where is the party tonight?

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Breakout Session 1: Journalisam, Media and Blogs
Day 1, 11:30-13:00, B111
  • Ehsan BAKHSHANDEH with with Mahmoud AHMADI-AFZADI: Media Development in Iran; Impacts of the 1979 Revolution
  • Golnaz NANBAKHSH: Changing language use and politeness: Evidence from Iranian family discourse and reality TV
  • Mehdi MONTAZER GHAEM: Broadcasting In Iran – challenges of qualitative development
  • Abolfazl FATEH and Edmund HERZIG: The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) and the Role of Students in Opening Up a New Era for News Agencies in Iran
  • David ARN: Unemployment, Poverty And Boredom. The Iranian Press On Drug Addiction It's Causes And Remedies. (1995-2000)

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Breakout Session 1: Masculinities
Day 1, 11:30-13:00, B104
  • Asefeh SADEGHI: The formation of the domination of masculine images in the recent advertisements in Iran
  • Mehri HONARBIN-HOLLIDAY: Masculinities in urban Iran
  • Mamali SHAFAHI: Art and the representation of masculinity

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Breakout Session 1: Cinema
Day 1, 11:30-13:00, G51
  • Aida FORUTAN: Censorship and imagination
  • Golbarg REKABTALAEI: Cinematic Revolution: The Politicisation of the Pre-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema
  • Elhum SHAKERIFAR: Ali Santouri – Censorship and Film mobility

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Plenery Session 2: Visual Arts
Day 1, 14:00-15:30, BGLT
  • Iason ATHANASIADIS: Mullahs, Martyrs and Non-Alcoholic Mochitos: Iran’s Children of the Revolution Come of Age
  • Golrokh NAFISI: Cartoons
  • Reza HAERI: Film
  • Mamali SHAFAHI: Art
  • Mehdi VOSOUGHNIA: A glance at photography in Iran after revolution and introducing Qazvin Photographers Group

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Breakout Session 2: Comedy, Jokes and Laughter
Day 1, 16:00-17:30, B102
  • Agnès DEVICTOR: Laughing at war
  • Taraneh DADAR: Chickpeas and the dialectic of cultural struggle: a reading of the TV series "The nights of Barareh
  • Katja FOELLMER: Satire in the Iranian Media: Development and Diversity
  • Naghmeh SAMINI: Illusion of objection in text message jokes

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Breakout Session 2: Media, Blogs and Politics
Day 1, 16:00-17:30, B111
  • Shadi ZABET: A good self-image: Goffman and Iranian bloggers
  • Mahmood ENAYAT: Power and Counter-Power in the Persian Webosphere
  • Erfan SABETI: Blog Wars in the Global Age: The Case of Persian Bahai and anti-Bahai Weblogs
  • Majid TAFRESHI: The Grand Ayatollahs and modern electronic media: The role of modern electronic communications in the transformation of religious leadership in Iran

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Breakout Session 2: Diasporas and Minorities
Day 2, 16:00-17:30, B104
  • Zuzanna OLSZEWSKA: Afghan Refugees in Iran: The Hidden Effects of the Revolution at Society’s Margins
  • Amin MOGHADAM: Iran in the United Arab Emirates Between envy and reticence The role of Iranian migration in the “metropolization” of the Gulf
  • Leili SREBERNY-MOHAMMADI: The Diasporic Children Return To Iran
  • David MATTIN: The Flight from Tehran: Iranians in Britain

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Breakout Session 2: Cinema
Day 1, 16:00-17:30, G51
  • Maryam GHORBANKARIMI: The Women in Frame: Representation of Women in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema
  • Saranaz ABDOLLAHZADEH BARFOROUSH: Narrative analysis in Iranian popular cinema, before and after the Islamic revolution
  • Saeed ZEYDABADI-NEJAD: Film censorship and the problem of reception

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Plenery Session 3: The Womens' Movements
Day 2: 9:30-11.00, BGLT
  • Elaheh KOOLAEE: Changes in Iranian Women’s Role after the Islamic Revolution
  • Maryam Ommi: Video as a tool for social change
  • Azadeh KIAN: Social and Cultural Change and Women’s Rights Movement in Iran
  • Zari TASHAKOR: Challenging Fundamentalist Cultural Pattern by Iranian Women

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Breakout Session 3: Womens’ Rights and Wrongs
Day 2, 11:30-13:00, B102
  • Elaheh ROSTAMI-POVEY: Women’s movement in Iran - Divided they can stand united
    Azadeh MOAVENI: Lipstick Jihad
  • Fariba DAVOODI MOHAJER TEHRANI: Strategies and tactics of one million signatures campaign

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Breakout Session 3: Arts and Performance
Day 2, 11:30-13:00, B111
  • Fatema EFTEKHARY-RAD: Experience of Iranian Women painters since the Islamic Revolution of Iran
  • Hamed YOUSEFI KOUPAI: Re-orienting the Orientalism: The Contemporary Art of Tehran
  • Mehran HOUSHIAR: An Account of Three Generation of Painters From Islamic Revolution in Iran
  • Liliane ANJO: Contemporary Iranian Theatre: The Emergence Of An Autonomous Space

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Breakout Session 3: Civil Society, Public Sphere, Democracy
Day 2, 11:30-13:00, B104
  • Bagher ASADI: Challenges of the Civil Society in post-Revolutionary Iran: An Historical Overview
  • Dariush BORBOR: End of Colonialism, Beginning Of Democracy
  • Mohammadreza KOLAHI and Saeedeh ALLAHDADI: Application of the concept of "Public sphere" in Iran

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Breakout Session 3: Women's Activism
Day 2, 11:30-13:00, G51
  • Benjamin STACHURSKY and Marcus MICHAELSEN: (Net)working for Change: Women’s Movement the Iranian Way
  • Azar MAJEDI: New roles for women
  • Hamid SHESHJAVANI: Family Life and Working Women: A Descriptive Analysis of Spousal Conflict in The Case of Iranian working mothers in the last two decades

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Plenery Session 4: Music and Dance
Day 2: 14:00-15:30, BGLT
  • Ahmad KIAROSTAMI: Music Video
  • Parmis MOZAFARI: Dance and the Borders of Public and Private Life in Post-Revolutionary Iran
  • Ashkan KOOSHA/Negar SHAGHAGHI: The New Iranian Underground

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Breakout Session 4: Urban and Rural Women
Day 2, 16:00-17:30, B102
  • Marianne BØE: New Expressions of Women’s Agency in the Legal processes
  • Tanya LAWRENCE: From Shahrestan to Tehran: The capital’s impact on young Iranian women from provincial towns studying in Tehran
  • Anna VANZAN: From The Pen To The Rotary Press: Women Publishers In Post Revolutionary Iran

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Breakout Session 4: Art and Performance
Day 2, 16:00-17:30, B111
  • Alice BOMBARDIER: Iranian War Painting: new trends
  • Nacim PAK, Cinema as a Reservoir for Cultural Memory
  • Saeed TALAJOOY, Indigenous performance traditions in post-revolutionary theatre

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Breakout Session 4: Music and Dance
Day 2, 16:00-17:30, B104
  • Laudan NOOSHIN: Hip-hop Tehran: Putting Marginalised Voices on the Global Map
  • Nahid SIAMDOUST: Halal or Haram? Islam and Music in Post-Revolutionary Iran
  • Bronwen ROBERTSON: '"I am an original Iranian man!" Skinny jeans, Persian carpets, and indie rock: expressions of identity in Tehran's unofficial rock music.'
  • Emily BLAYNEY: Children’s Lives, Adults’ Lies: Women’s Rap in 21st-Century Tehran

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