The 29th Annual International Conference

of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation:

"Alliance of Iran's Women's Movement Inside Iran and the World"










The 29th  Annual International Conference of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation will be held from 8 -10 June, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. This year's conference will explore the Alliance of Iran's Women's Movement Inside Iran and the World.


Gender-based and sexual inequalities and inequities caused by class, religion, ethnicity, race, and sexual preference, as well as similarities between demands and goals of the feminist movement and those of other justice movements makes it inevitable to seek solutions for cooperation between all groups. Benefiting from the achievements and experiences of other groups and setting the ground for such goals involves answers to a number of questions, including the following ones. Each of these questions can include a number of research fields:


- What is the relationship between women activists from various ethnic, class, religious and social backgrounds, and in particular those of LGBT groups in the Iranian women's movement?


- How is the women's movement collaborating with other social movements in Iran?


- What is the relationship between the women's movement and feminism as an intellectual trend in neighbouring countries and in the rest of the world? -To what extent is Iranian feminism "transnational" and to what extent is it "westernised"?


- Who are the long or short-term strategic allies of the Iranian women's movement within the country, in neighboring countries and around the world?


- What are the fundamentals and values of the women's movement in their cooperation (or lack thereof) with other groups?


- What are the achievements and consequences of practical and theoretical cooperation between the Iranian women's movement and other groups?


- To what extent have we succeeded in seeking out, finding and communicating with regional allies and modelling their experiences?


- What mutual learning exists between women's movements in Iran and its neighboring countries in terms of "practical cooperation" and “media cooperation"? What role did media or the media of the women's movements play in the mutual learning of these movements with similar movements in the world?


- What is the status of any collaboration and solidarity between political-social activists abroad with the women's movement?


- What are the barriers to collaboration? Is it possible to achieve common positions with other groups and social justice movements? If yes, how?


- What are some of the elements and characteristics of the communication and networking strategies of the women's movement in Iran?


- How does organization, orientation and management of the women's movement in Iran compare with those of other countries?


- What intergenerational relationship is there among women's rights activists in the women's movement in Iran in terms of intercultural cooperation and solidarity?


We invite researchers and women rights activists to submit a summary of their unpublished research, (on an A-4 format page, in at least 400 computer-typed words,) with a brief biography, by the end of the day of 15 February, 2018.


Email Each lecture is between 20 and 30 minutes. The language of Iranian speakers is Persian. Handwritten abstracts will not be accepted.


As per the Statute of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation, speakers and presenters can participate every 5 years at an IWSF conference.


The Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation (IWSF) is a feminist non-profit organization with no affiliation to any political or religious group. It aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on issues related to Iranian women, to disseminate information on Iranian women’s achievements, and to establish a network of communication amongst Iranian women the world over. The main activity of IWSF consists of annual international conferences, wherein a theme related to Iranian women is analysed through scholarly presentations, art exhibitions, and artistic and dramatic performances.

The history of Iran has consisted for the most part of male-dominated narratives of their exploits and achievements. IWSF attempts to offer a different perspective on Iran’s history depicting, preserving and propagating the contributions of Iranian women. Since 1990, IWSF has conducted annual conferences in various cities around the world. At these gatherings, academics and activists interested in issues related to Iranian women, congregate to share the result of their research, to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of Iranian women, and to exchange ideas and plans for the future. The proceedings of these conferences are published annually.