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November 2021

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Women, Public Spaces, and Social Participation in Iran

November 7 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

زنان و مشارکت اجتماعی در فضاهای عمومی   Zoom Registration: https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HiJGAxyRQsSb-YhjTbofvg Since the beginning of the Islamic revolution, Iranian women have been the focus of the Islamization of public spaces. However, this form of Islamization did not occur as expected by clerics who used many methods to frame and limit women in private and public spaces. Iranian women who experienced some social and individual freedoms during the Shah’s time, after the revolution, used different social and individual strategies to maintain…

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October 2021

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Panel 2: Economic Challenges – The Politics of Water and Gender

October 31 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Recent Developments and Changes in Iran Series Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 11:30am Pacific Time via Zoom Panel in Persian Registration Required Reza Ghorashi (Stockton University) Economic Challenges of Ebrahim Raisi Era Amir AghaKouchak (University of California, Irvine)  Status and Prospects of Water and Environmental Management in Iran Roja Fazaeli (Trinity College Dublin) The Gender Dimensions of the Latest Changes in the Government Please click here to register and receive the Zoom information.

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Panel 1: Health & Public Health Policy Political & Social Changes

October 24 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Recent Developments and Changes in Iran Series   Registration Required Sahar Motallebi (Lund University) The Public Health Structure and the Management of the Corona Crisis in Iran Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Virginia Tech) Assessing Iran’s New President, Cabinet, and Parliament Mohammad Ali Kadivar (Boston College) Contentious Politics in Iran: Recent Developments and Patterns Please click here to register and receive the Zoom link.

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March 2021

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Pahlavi Workshop: Pahlavi Iran and Global History

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Pahlavi Iran and Global History   To download the full program of events, click here.   This final panel of the Iranian Studies workshop, “History and Historiography of Pahlavi Iran, 1921-1979: A Workshop” will feature the research of: Roham Alvandi Associate Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science Paper: Bringing Down the Shah: Human Rights Activism and Late Pahlavi Iran   Rasmus Elling Associate Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen Paper: City,…

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Pahlavi Workshop: Pahlavi Foreign Relations

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Pahlavi Foreign Relations   To download the full program of events, click here.   This third panel of the Iranian Studies workshop, “History and Historiography of Pahlavi Iran, 1921-1979: A Workshop” will feature the research of: Gregory Brew Fellow, Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University Paper: The Birth of the Pahlavi Petro-State: Oil Companies, American NGOs, and Dual Integration of Iranian Oil, 1941-1965   William Figueroa University of Pennsylvania Paper: China and the Pahlavis, 1921-1979   Chelsi Mueller Research…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Nazanin Shahrokni

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Book Talk – Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran (University of California Press, 2020) by Nazanin Shahrokni To register and receive the Zoom webinar information, please click here. This lecture will be in English.

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Nazanin Shahrokni

March 7 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Book Talk – Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran (University of California Press, 2020) by Nazanin Shahrokni To register and receive the Zoom webinar information, please click here. This lecture will be in Persian.

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Pahlavi Workshop: Pahlavi State and Society

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Pahlavi State and Society   To download the full program of events, click here.   This second panel of the Iranian Studies workshop, “History and Historiography of Pahlavi Iran, 1921-1979: A Workshop” will feature the research of: Houchang Chehabi Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University Paper: Dual Society in Pahlavi Iran Bianca Devos Assistant Professor, Centre of Near and Middle East Studies, Philipps-University Marburg Paper: Islam and Censorship in Pahlavi Iran: a Case Study from the 1970s Kevan…

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February 2021

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Pahlavi Workshop: Roundtable on the 100th Anniversary of the 1921 Coup and Reflections on the Reza Pahlavi Period

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Roundtable on the 100th Anniversary of the 1921 Coup and Reflections on the Reza Pahlavi Period The first panel of the Iranian Studies workshop, “History and Historiography of Pahlavi Iran, 1921-1979: A Workshop” will feature a round table discussion centered on the 100th anniversary of the coup that initiated the Reza Pahlavi Period in Iran. This panel will be chaired by workshop organizer Dr. Robert Steele, the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Post-Doctoral Fellow in Iranian Studies at UCLA.   Featured…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Carlo G. Cereti

February 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Narseh’s Diadem: Religion, Royalty, and Power under the Early Sasanians This talk focuses on the Sasanian king Narseh (293-302 CE), who celebrated his accession to the throne through the bilingual inscription (Middle Persian and Parthian) and commemorative monument built in Paikuli, the site currently studied by the archaeological mission of Sapienza-University of Rome: The Italian Archaeological Mission to Iraqi Kurdistan (MAIKI – Missione Archeologica Italiana nel Kurdistan Iracheno). The mission’s work in Paikuli focuses on the reconstruction and preservation of…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Panel on Development

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

“Socio-Economic Development Strategies and Challenges in Iran,” a panel discussion featuring Azam Khatam (York University), Kaveh Ehsani (DePaul University), and Kevan Harris (UCLA) will take place via Zoom on Monday, February 1 at 3:00pm Pacific.  Please click on the link below to register for this Bilingual Lecture Series event. https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lB7hy0biSWSx61ssFf5jVg

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January 2021

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Book launch: “Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry”

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Domenico Ingenito’s “Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry” (Brill, 2020) A conversation with Paul Losensky (Indiana University) and Jane Mikkelson (University of Virginia) Register to attend on Zoom. Sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies. Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry explores the relationship between sexuality, politics, and spirituality in the lyrics of Saʿdi Shirazi (d. 1292 CE), one of the most revered masters of…

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November 2020

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Claudia Yaghoobi

November 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Embodiment, Power, and Politics in the context of Sigheh Marriages in Modern Iran Farahbakhsh’s Zendegi-ye Khosusi (2011) narrates the life story of a former religious zealot, Ebrahim Kiani, who has transformed into a Reformist. Ebrahim has a decent family life, a wife, Forugh, and a son. One night at a party, he is introduced to Parisa Zandi, and their relationship culminates in their sigheh marriage. Highlighting the unsettling balance of the political and the personal, the manipulation of religion, double…

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October 2020

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Kaveh Madani

October 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for their first Bilingual Lecture Series events of the academic year.  These two lectures, featuring the research of Dr. Kaveh Madani, will be held virtually via Zoom.  He will present “Water Bankruptcy and Environmental Politics in Iran (A Conversation with Kaveh Madani)” on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 2:00pm Pacific Time. Please note that this lecture will be in English. To register for this event and receive the Zoom webinar information, please visit: https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ICCWuSlwSOe9d7U2jSNRRw

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Kaveh Madani

October 4, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for their first Bilingual Lecture Series events of the academic year.  These two lectures, featuring the research of Dr. Kaveh Madani, will be held virtually via Zoom.  He will present “A Conversation with Kaveh Madani on Environmental Security in Iran and the Middle East” on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 11:30am Pacific Time. Please note that this lecture will be in Persian. To register for this event and receive the Zoom webinar information, please visit:…

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February 2020

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Evidence and Human Rights in a Post Truth World: Eyal Weizman and the Forensic Architecture Project

February 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A part of the Evidence and Human Rights in a Post Truth World: A Multidisciplinary Symposium Evidence and Human Rights in a Post Truth World: Eyal Weizman and the Forensic Architecture Project Saturday, February 22, 10:00 AM DeCafe, Perloff Hall About the speakers: Nathan Su is a lecturer at the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. He is a speculative designer who works between media and architecture. He is co-founder of Inferstudio – an interdisciplinary world building practice. Inferstudio works through film,…

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Forensic Architecture: Socialising Evidence

February 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Melnitz Hall 1409 UCLA James Bridges Theater,

A part of the Evidence and Human Rights in a Post Truth World: A Multidisciplinary Symposium Forensic Architecture: Socialising Evidence Friday, February 21, 2020 5:00 PM UCLA James Bridges Theater (1409 Melnitz Hall) The attacks on traditional institutions and expertise that have so often been made in the context of the current nationalist, racist insurgency have never provided the basis for the production of counter-hegemonic knowledge, but instead of rejecting the current challenges to institutional authority and expertise, the moment…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Gil Stein

February 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA (CALIFORNIA) 90095
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Please join the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World for a lecture by Professor Gil Stein. Achaemenids or Persians?  Burials, Material Culture, and Imperial Identities in the Euphrates Valley (5th-4th centuries BCE) The Achaemenid empire was the largest empire in the world in the 5th-4th centuries BCE, encompassing numerous polities and cultural groups within its 20 satrapies. To rule this enormous empire, the Persian elites had to gain the active support of the people they governed to…

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Annual Colloquium in Armenian Studies

February 7, 2020
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies | University of California, Los Angeles | Royce Hall 314 | February 7, 2020 9:30 – 10:00 Breakfast 10:00 – 10:10 Opening Remarks Anatolii Tokmantcev (Director of the 2020 Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA) Dr. S. Peter Cowe (Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA) Panel 1: Homeland and Diaspora: Displacement and its Effects Chair: Armen Adamian, Ethnomusicology, UCLA 10:10 – 10:30 Ani Shahinian, “The…

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January 2020

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Amuzegar Lecture Series: Robert Steele

January 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce 306,

Please join the Iranian Studies Program for a lecture by Dr. Robert Steele. Ancient Persia in Pahlavi Politics: The Imperial Celebrations of 1971 and Cultural Policy under the Shah In October 1971, heads of state, political and cultural figures, business leaders, and journalists from around the world came to Persepolis at the invitation of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran. They were there to celebrate the 2500th Anniversary of the Founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. Many…

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