“Dilemmas of Islamic Secular Feminist and Feminism”, by Professor Huma Ahmed Ghosh


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Zanan TV

9 October 2014


“Dilemmas of Islamic Secular Feminist and Feminism”, by Professor Huma Ahmed Ghosh

The 25th International Conference of the Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation held on Friday 11th July.  at San Diego, United State of America, Museum of Contemporary Art , Sherwood Auditorium, La Jolla.
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In this clip, San Diego State University professor Huma Ahmed Ghosh speaks about dilemmas of Islamic and secular feminists and feminism. She reads her multi-faceted paper on the understanding of Islam, the future of Islamic women, and “the numerous interpretations of Islamic, secular, and collaborative … feminisms that have surfaced in Islamic and non-Islamic nations”. Towards the end, Ghosh closes by answering several questions from the audience.

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The Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation (IWSF) is a non-profit organization that doesn’t affiliate with any religious or political groups. Their main goal is to begin a conversation on the issues Iranian women face in hopes of “establishing a network of communication among communities of Iranian women the world over” and “disseminate information on Iranian women’s achievements”, according to the official IWSF website. They spread this information through artistic performances, art exhibitions, and scholarly presentations. The foundation has been working diligently since 1990 to “offer a different perspective on Iran’s history by protecting, preserving and propagating the works of Iranian women”. It publishes the proceedings of its annual conferences in the Journal of IWSF, which are collected annually.

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The Twenty Fifth International Conference of the Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation was held from July 11st to 13th, 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California. On July 12th many distinguished scholars, film directors, Iranian visual artists, performing artists and activists gathered to Sherwood Auditorium to “[provide] the academic community and public at large with a unique opportunity to get a first hand exposure to the understanding of the various expressions of participation in Iranian women’s studies as articulated in the spheres of human rights, education, government and culture”. The conference was dubbed “Women for Change: Women’s Collaboration and Political Participation”, with both English and Farsi-speaking speakers being featured. Topics included Love in Egypt and Iran and Turkey: The Contradictions of Romance in the Facebook World.