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Forty Years and More: Iranian Diaspora Studies Conference 2019
March 28 - March 30
While 2019 marks the forty-year anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the dramatic changes it brought to Iranian society, the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies seeks to recognize this anniversary by understanding the ways that Iranians as exiles, immigrants, and as second and third-generation hyphenated citizens of their respective nations have met with both the challenges and opportunities of diaspora experience. This conference seeks to narrate and understand the challenges of “belonging” in new political and personal contexts, and in acknowledging the contributions that Iranian diaspora subjects have made to the societies where they live. This conference speaks to the need to recognize the cultural, political, and national terrain(s) that have defined the approximately 5 million Iranians who have left Iran in the years immediately following the revolution as well as in subsequent migrations throughout the past four decades.