Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora Conference
"Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora"
Hosted by SJSU Persian Studies and Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute
April 11-12, 2014, San Jose State University
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229 and 255
Friday, April 11
9:30 am Coffee/Opening
Introductory remarks and welcome by Persian Studies, Persis Karim and Shahin Gerami
Comments and welcome by Lisa Vollendorf, Dean, College of Humanities and Arts
PANEL 1 -- Aesthetics and Politics and the Circulation of the Cyrus the Great
(six short films, six interpretations)
Participants: Nasrin Rahimieh, Mazyar Lotfalian, Ala Ebtekar, Sahar Driver, Arash Saedinia, Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz
12:30 pm Lunch Break
PANEL 2- Writing the Diaspora-- Roundtable Discussion with Editors of B/Ta'arof Magazine
Participants: Arash Davari, Solmaz Sharif, Arash Saedinia, and Mani Parcham
2:45 pm Coffee Break
PANEL 3- "Arts of the Iranian Diaspora: Giving Back to Iran"
Participants: Nazy Kaviani, Sepideh Khowsrojah, Kourosh Taghavi
Open discussionChallenges, Successes, and the Future of Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora
Facilitated by Taraneh Hemami
5:00 pm Adjourn
Dinner Reception for Participants at Pomegranate Cafe (across from the library) conference presenters only
Tea and sweets at Le Petit Trianon Theater (open to public)
Le Petit Trianon for "Oonja o Anja: Stories of Iranian American Life"
Stage production adapted and directed by SJSU Professor Matthew Spangler from Stories and Essays by Mehdi Tavana Okasi, Persis Karim and Jasmin Darznik
Comments by Matthew Spangler
Saturday, April 12
9:00 am Coffee/Welcome
PANEL 1-"Landscapes of Fiction: Iranian American Writers"
Particpants: Leah Mirakhor (discussant), Jasmin Darznik, Anita Amirrezvani, Laleh Khadivi, and Marjan Kamali
10:45 am Break
11:00 am-12:30 pm
PANEL 2- "Politicized Aesthetics in the Work of Contemporary Iranian Artists"
Participants: Taraneh Hemami, Ali Dadgar, Sanaz Mazinani, Amitis Motevalli, Samira Yamin, Sohrab Mahdavi (moderator)
12:30 Lunch Break
PANEL 3 - "New Media for Old Stories?"Engaging our History and Present in the Age of Electronic Media
Participants: Kelly Niknejad (skype), Kurosh Valanejad, Manijeh Nasrabadi (Discussant)
3:00 pm Break
PANEL 4 - "Iranian American Voices of Silicon ValleyA Digital Stories Project" screening and discussion
(with Persis Karim, Director and Clint Gilbert, Producer)
Comments/Discussion with Dr. Nasrin Rahimieh
4:30-5:15 pm General Discussion
Evening dinner everyone on their own; recommended restaurants will be provided
SJSU ballroom Film screening of "Doosteh Hameshegy" (Forever Friends) with writer/director Babak Sarrafan and "Refuge" with writer/director Mo Gorjestani
Discussion to follow
*Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and subject to change.
This conference made possible with grants from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute (a managed fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), the PARSA Community Foundation (in collaboration with IHF America) and CAL Humanities (with a grant for the Community Stories Project). With special thanks to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
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