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Fourth Annual Conference of the Iranian Studies Initiative

October 19, 2018 - October 20, 2018

Iranian Studies Initiative

Note: This is not an event by the UW-Madison Middle East Studies Program.  Details of organizers are presented below.


The theme of this year’s conference is Slavery and Sexual Labor in the Middle East and North Africa and we welcome proposals for academic papers addressing the institution of marriage, slavery, concubinage, prostitution, indentured servitude or debt slavery, as well as the lives of orphans, divorced women, and widows in the Middle East and North Africa. Papers focusing on the parallels and disjunctures between early modern and contemporary forms of coercive gendered labor practices and sexual servitude in the 19th and 20thcenturies are particularly welcome, but all papers related to these subjects will be considered.


University of California–Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States + Google Map