Isolated and impoverished by trade sanctions for almost 35 years, Iran’s deteriorating environment has gone largely unnoticed by the outside world. It is time to consider how we can better support the Iranian environmental community, which is striving to reverse the loss of nature, habitat and vital agricultural land. The conveners of the symposium ask: “together, how can we implement the best solutions for Iran’s natural heritage and build a sustainable future?”
This symposium will gather together international NGOs, conservation practitioners and internationally renowned scholars to highlight the challenges that face Iran and the preservation of its unique habitats, wildlife and once abundant agricultural land. For the first time key organisations will come together with a commitment to take coordinated action.
A natural forest logged and reduced to scrub is as much a loss of heritage as a listed building reduced to rubble: to some extent a greater loss. We not only draw aesthetic sustenance from our natural heritage, it is the basic element from which we derive our food, raw materials, and the very oxygen we breathe.
Speakers Confirmed include:
Mr Gary Lewis, United Nations Development Programme
Dr Yousef Rashidi, Air Quality Control Company, Municipality of Tehran
Professor Hossein Akhani, , College of Science, University of Tehran
Ms Laleh Daraie, Global Environment Facility and SGP, UNDP
Download full programme here.
Water & Agriculture
Air & Pollution
Forest & Rangelands
Wildlife & Habitat
18th January 2014
Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
19th January 2014
63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP (Limited Availability)
Tickets at: http://www.iranheritage.org/Ecology/default.htm
In August the Volume 1 of Persian of Iran Today will be published as a print volume by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. This edition has been substantially revised, and we are thrilled to offer it in a full color work/text format that will be more cost effective to students than printing the online version. Upon publication the book will still be available as a downloadable text, and all of the audio-visual files will still be accessible on our website. Once the book is available for purchase, we will post a link on the site. In the meantime, the fully revised text is available here.
In case you’re in Berlin this weekend: this 2-day event at the Maxim Gorki Theatre brings Swedish and German artists and cultural workers together to discuss institutional racism, racial discourses, and representation. Among the speakers are 3 wonderful Iranian-Swedes whose theater and musical work and everyday life experiences speak directly to these issues.
Here is a google translation of the event description. Event is in English. Learn more and buy tickets here. Not to be missed!
Take a closer look at current debates in the arts in Germany and Sweden and one will see similar discourses and struggles. Public debate relating to everyday racism is in particular on the rise. Debates on structural discrimination and representation have recently become hot topics in both countries. Racial Profiling at train stations, discriminatory language in children’s books or blackfacing on stage are no longer accepted as such, but instead are being met with strong criticism. Time and time again it is communities of Colour that lead such negotiations. They write to publishing companies, go to court, and demand judicial regulation that acknowledges instutionlized racism as common practice. They use variuos # on twitter to collect their everyday experiences of racism. They march from Bavaria to Berlin demanding Europe be held to acount for its colonial past.
The two-day-conference BERLIN CALLING STOCKHOLM brings together fellow artists from both cities, to form a transnational perspective on racism and develop oppositional and empowering strategies. Together with Swedish artists and activists we will ask in exactly what kind of Europe do we want to live. Organized by: Marianna Salzmann & Bahareh Sharifi Moderator: Mutlu Ergün
23 Nov 20:30
PANEL I: STRUCTURAL RACISM IN EVERYDAY LIFE Nathan Hamel Mountain / Behrang Miri / Mekonnen Mesghena
24 Nov 20:30
PANEL II: REPRESENTATION ISSUES IN ART Daniele Daude / Nasim Aghili / Farnaz Arbabi .
Panel discussions will be in English.