Azerbaijan International

Autumn 2004 (12.3)
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New Faces / New Places

Azerbaijanis in Iran

A symposium entitled "Azerbaijanis in Iran: Facts and Perspectives" will take place on October 15-17, 2004, at Indiana University in Bloomington. The three-day event is being organized by the Azerbaijani American Cultural and Educational Foundation (AACEF) to focus on issues related to Azerbaijanis in Iran, where an estimated 25 to 30 million Azerbaijanis live.

The event coincides on campus with the Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS). This symposium-the first of its kind-will be conducted entirely in Azeri.

Keynote speakers include Javad Heyat, Editor of Valiq Journal (Tehran), who will speak about the Development of the Azerbaijani Language this Past Century, and Reza Baraheni, internationally known poet and former President of PEN Canada.

Samad Sardarinia of Tabriz will discuss the topic "Contemporary History of Azerbaijan". Tadeusz Swietochowski of Monmouth College (New York) is slated to speak about "One Nation, Two Destinies".

Other speakers include Rahim Raisnia (University of Tabriz): "The Role of Azerbaijani Intellectuals in the Contemporary History of Iran", Zia Sadral-Ashrafi (France): "Historical Facts and Realities", Alireza Sarrafi (Tabriz): "Status of Azerbaijani Universities: Academic Standards and Shortcomings, Past and Present", and Shahyar Daneshgar: "Portrayal of Azerbaijanis in Iranian Media: Psychological and Social Impacts".

Panels are being organized on the following topics: Language and Literature; Culture and the Fine Arts; Linguistic and Orthographic Irregularity and Diversities: Standardization of the Azerbaijani Language in Iran; Ethnic and National Rights of Azerbaijanis in Iran; Internationalizing the Plight of the People in Iran.

The Silk Road Ensemble will perform on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17. For more details, visit: or

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