Socio-Economic Development Strategies and Challenges in Iran

Recorded: February 1, 2021
Event: Bilingual Lecture Series

by Kaveh Ehsani (DePaul University), Kevan Harris (UCLA), and Azam Khatam (York University)

This panel includes Dr. Khatam’s discussion of Tehran’s urban reforms before and after the revolution, focusing on developmentalism, worlding, and neoliberalism; Professor Ehsani’s studies on the genealogy of large scale development projects in Iran (railroad, steel, dams, sugar cane, nuclear), evaluating the paradoxical role played by a number of historical massive and costly major development projects that have symbolized Iranian state’s attempts at modernization; and Professor Harris’s expertise on the identity in Iran, centering on recent survey data.