Given the surprising 2013 victory of President Hassan Rouhani, the 2015 nuclear deal, and the centrist upset in the 2016 parliamentary elections, social research on Iran is arguably in need of reassessment and renovation. Much of our understanding of the country comes from activist publications, journalistic accounts, Washington think-tank policy briefs, official government pronouncements, or anecdotal data. A new generation of scholars is looking at Iran, however, with new qualitative and quantitative methods which may confirm or reassess previously held beliefs about social and political change inside the country.
The Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the University of California-Los Angeles’ Center for Near Eastern Studies, and Central European University’s School of Public Policy are pleased to announce the upcoming conference Surveying Iran: The Future of Social Research after the Nuclear Thaw, hosted at CEU in Budapest. The conference features presentations on topics such as: In-depth analyses of previously under-studied institutions; innovative uses of existing and under-utilized data sets from official sources; the production of new data sets on Iran from surveys, data scraping, or other collection methods; and innovations in field methods in the Iranian context.
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