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Third Annual Gathering of Young Iranian Scholars of North America is going to be held at Stanford University, October 21-24 2006. Submit your papers by September 1st online at the conference website.
The authors of refereed, selected papers will receive financial support for participation in the conference.

The Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University, the Persian Students Association at Stanford University, in collaboration with the Iranian Studies Group at MIT and the Iran Research Committee at the University of California-Berkeley invite paper submissions for the third annual gathering of young Iranian scholars of North America. The conference, hosted by Stanford University, seeks to bring together promising young Iranian scholars residing in North America, who do research on various issues related to Iran and Iranian societies worldwide. The goal of the conference is to foster scholarly exchange and collaboration among the next generation of Iranian scholars, and to promote dialogue on issues facing contemporary Iranian societies in Iran and worldwide.

Paper Topics
The organizing committee especially welcomes papers focusing on the following themes:

* Iran and the World
Political, social, economic and cultural relations with the outside world

* Iranian Economy, Technological Development and Industry

* Iranian Arts, Science and Culture
Contemporary Arts, Modernity in Iran, Cultural Identity, Scientific Development etc.

* Domestic Governance and Political Structure
Political prospects, executive-judiciary-legislative relations, etc

* Iranian Society
Social policy, Education, Women in Iran, Minorities, Drug abuse, Healthcare, Migration, Law etc.

* Human Development and Sustainability
NGOs, Rural Development, Urban Development, Environmental Concerns, etc.

* Iranian Expatriate Communities

Exceptional papers in other topics of importance to contemporary Iranian society also welcome.

For more information visit the conference website.

July 27, 2006