November 3, 2017 – Conference: The Changing Nature of Family and Marriage in Contemporary Iran
Loma Pelona Center, University of California – Santa Barbara
Friday, November 3, 2017
9:00am – 6:00pm
Over the past few decades, Iran has experienced a dramatic change in courtship practices and in the institution of family. The Changing Nature of Family and Marriage in Contemporary Iran is a conference devoted to an exploration of the latest findings in this area. Papers will examine a variety of issues such as marriage and divorce laws vs. actually existing power and decision-making processes in the family, the role of the extended family, definitions of masculinity and femininity vs. the lived experience of individuals; gender disparity, variations in religious communities, such as in the Sunni, Baha’i, Jewish, and Armenian families, family economics, especially unemployment, underemployment, and female employment, and social justice. Papers will also look at the growing rates of street children (both Afghan and Iranian children) and child prostitution, the changing nature of temporary marriage, marital commitment, cohabitation (white marriages) and grey marriages (separated couples living together).