Iranian Studies Events

Traditional Elements in Contemporary Persian Music

April 19, 2011 • 4:30pm • Room 1180, Music Building

Over the past 100 years, Persia has produced a sizable number of composers who employ Western techniques of composition. At the same time, most of them also draw on Persian musical traditions, both the urban classical tradition and various forms of rural folk music. Some have also used Persian literary and epic sources as inspiration for dramatic music. This presentation by the distinguished Persian composer and scholar Hormoz Farhat will illuminate the integration of traditional and Western features in the work of contemporary Persian composers.

For more information, see the event webpage.


Joint Area Studies Conference (JACS)

"Iran at Large: The Global Emergence of a Regional Power?"

April 1-2, 2011 • Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall

The Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS), is an annual event organized by the University’s international studies centers dedicated to exploring topics that concern all world areas. This year’s JACS focuses on Iran in the global arena and is being organized by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES), and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC), with supportive services from the Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER) and International Programs and Studies (IPS). The aim of the conference is to examine the critical issues surrounding Iran’s interactions with various countries in different regions of the world. Because of its vast energy resources, strategic position in the Middle East, and the political stances of its government, Iran has become a significant player in the world arena. Over the past few decades, it has challenged the West, especially the United States, while developing new relations with many countries in the rest of the world. This strategy has been complex, entailing considerable tensions with some countries and economic and political alliances with some others. To analyze this strategy in depth and to understand how Iran’s relations with different countries interact with each other at the global level, leading scholars from various disciplines will explore the trends in Iran’s foreign relations and connect them with the developments inside and outside Iran. Collectively, the presentations will offer a broad picture of Iran’s foreign relations and their potential future directions as well as the implications for the countries involved.

For more information and to view the schedule of events, see the conference webpage.


Conference on Iran's Economy

October 15-17, 2010 • University of Chicago

The purpose of the conference is to provide a venue for the best current research on Iran’s economy and to generate information and encouragement for future high quality research in this subject. The conference features a special session on Sunday October 17, consisting of presentations on economics research and methodology by eminent Chicago economists. This conference follows two earlier ones on Iran’s economy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in December 2008 and at the University of Southern California (USC) in September 2009, where similar objectives were pursued. All three universities have played major roles in the past in promoting research on Iran and in training Iranian economists.

The conference was organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) and the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), with support from a number of academic units and community organizations and sponsors.

For more information, see the conference webpage.


Masters of Classical Music of Iran

with Master of the Setar, Ostad Jalal Zolfonoon, Percussionist Siamak Pouian of UCLA, and members of the Silk Road Ensemble

November 13, 2009 • Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

The Masters of Classical Music of Iran with Master of the Setar Ostad Jalal Zolfonoon, percussionist Siamak Pouian of UCLA, and members of the Silk Road Ensemble visited Illinois to perform for the campus and local community at the Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium with support from CSAMES, the Persian Cultural Association, Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, Spurlock Museum, CGS, and several community sponsors.

For more information, see the event webpage.


Iranian Studies Symposium

Iran’s Politics & Policies: Presidential Election of 2009 and Iran’s Nuclear Policies

Friday, October 2, 2009 • Lucy Ellis Lounge (room 1080, Foreign Languages Building)

CSAMES hosted an Iranian Studies Symposium which brought eight scholars from diverse campuses to present their insights and research on “Iran’s Politics and Policies: Presidential Election of 2009 and Iran’s Nuclear Policies.” The symposium took place on October 2 and drew a standing-room only attendance, with panels focusing on Iran’s nuclear policies and the international response, Iran’s presidential election of 2009, and future trends in social and political change in Iran. The event raised issues within electoral politics and nuclear technology acquisition, and included an analysis of the Green Movement, the leadership of Iranian women, and U.S.-Iran diplomatic engagement. The symposium ended with a reception at The Bread Company where panelists and participants continued their discussions on these subjects.

The Iranian Studies Symposium was organized and hosted by CSAMES. Cosponsors included the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security; the Center for Global Studies; the Department of History; the Department of Political Science; the Department of Sociology; the European Union Center; the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies; and the Parkland Reads Program (at Parkland College).

For more information and to view the schedule of events, see the symposium webpage.