State, Elites and Sovereignty in Modern Iran

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Saturday, July 22 2023

8:30 AM - 6:15 PM

Innis Town Hall Theatre

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Persian & English


Canada, Scotland, India



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We are delighted to announce that Tirgan will host a conference in partnership with the esteemed University of St. Andrews and Jindal Global University to present State, Elites, and Sovereignty in Modern Iran. This one-day conference, taking place on July 22, 2023, at the University of Toronto, aims to delve into the profound impact of elites in shaping Iran's modern history. You can find the full schedule of the conference below on this page.

به اطلاع شما دوستان گرامی می‌رسانیم که جشنواره‌ی تیرگان با همکاری دانشگاه «سنت اندروز» اسکاتلند و دانشگاه «جندال گلوبال» هند، همایشی تحت عنوان «دولت، نخبگان و حاکمیت در ایران مدرن» که درباره‌ی نقش نخبگان در تاریخ معاصر ایران است برگزار خواهد کرد. این همایش یک‌روزه در روز ۲۲ ژوئیه در دانشگاه تورنتو برگزار خواهد شد. شما می‌توانید برنامه‌ی کامل این همایش را می‌توانید زیر این متن مشاهده کنید


Please note that the talks and panel discussions will be conducted in English.
9:00 AM 9:30 AM

Welcoming Addresses

Mehrdad Ariannejad (CEO Tirgan Festival)
Professor Ali Ansari (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)

9:30 AM 11:00 AM

Panel I: Constitutional Revolution of 1906-1911 and State Building in Iran

Moderator: Professor Victoria Tahmasebi (University of Toronto)

Participants :
1. Professor Nayereh Tohidi (California State University- Northridge)
“Sedigheh Dowlatabadi and the Constitutional Revolution in Iran”

2. Professor Ali Ansari (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
“Enlightenment and Reform: rethinking the Qajar State”

3. Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo (Jindal Global University- India)
"Mohammad Ali Foroughi and the Idea of State Building”

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM 1:00 PM

Panel II: Elites and State in the Pahlavi Iran

Moderator: Professor Nima Naghibi (Toronto Metropolitan University)


4. Professor Touraj Atabaki (Emeritus, Leiden University)
"Mostafa Fateh, a statesman with dual commitment"

5. Professor Houchang Chehabi (Emeritus, Boston University)
“Iranian State and Abolishing Capitulations in Qajar & Pahlavi Iran”

6. Professor Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (University of Pennsylvania): by Zoom Link
“Farokhroo Parsa: Women and State Building”

1:00 PM 2:30 PM


2:30 PM 4:00 PM

Panel III: Sovereignty and State in the Islamic Republic

Moderator: Professor Khatereh Sheibani (York University)

1. Professor Farzin Vahdat (Sociologist-Author)
“Reflections on the Iranian Revolution of 1979”

2. Professor Edward Wastnidge (Open University- UK)
“Religious identity and State in the Islamic Republic”

3. Dr. Ladan Boroumand (Historian &Human Rights Advocate)
“Shapour Bakhtiar and Constitutionalism in Iran”

4:00 PM 4:30 PM

Coffee Break

4:30 PM 6:00 PM

Panel IV: State Building in Post-Islamic Iran: Perspectives and Possibilities (Roundtable - in Persian)

Moderator: Professor Arsalan Kahnemuyipour (University of Toronto)

1. Dr. Azadeh Momeni (Carleton University)

2. Professor Nayereh Tohidi (California State University- Northridge)

3. Dr. Ladan Boroumand (Historian & Human Rights Advocate)

6:00 PM 6:15 PM

Closing Remarks

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