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Women, Public Spaces, and Social Participation in Iran
زنان و مشارکت اجتماعی در فضاهای عمومی
Since the beginning of the Islamic revolution, Iranian women have been the focus of the Islamization of public spaces. However, this form of Islamization did not occur as expected by clerics who used many methods to frame and limit women in private and public spaces. Iranian women who experienced some social and individual freedoms during the Shah’s time, after the revolution, used different social and individual strategies to maintain their presence in public spaces and public spheres. Over time and over generations, they have invented new strategies and thus have become important social actors. In this lecture, some of these strategies that women have used over the past 4 decades to maintain their active presence in public space and public spheres will be discussed.
About the Speaker
Masserat Amir-Ebrahimi is an Urban Sociologist (MA) and Human Geographer (PhD) from the University of Paris X – Nanterre. She has worked on several urban and socio-cultural projects in Iran and has taught in the Department of Environment at the University of Tehran. In 2002, she was awarded an International Collaborative Research Grant by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Program on MENA for her project “Authority and Public Space in Iran.” In 2006-2007 and in 2011 she held the Nikki Keddie Balzan Fellowship at UCLA where she taught at Sociology and Geography Departments. Her research focuses are on Women, youth, Tehran, public spaces, public spheres, and cyberspace. Her articles have been published in Persian, French, English, Italian, and German.