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About Danesh Institute

Established in 1994, the Institute is a nonpolitical, independent, not-for-profit educational organization. As such, the Institute has been incorporated in the State of Indiana and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the United States Internal Revenue Service. The purpose of the Institute is to stimulate and promote scholarly studies related to contemporary Iranian society and to Iranian communities abroad, particularly in the United States. The Institute has pursued this purpose by offering annual conferences, sponsoring special projects, and publishing newsletters and bulletins. Samples of these publications can be found on this website (See Conference).


Danesh Conference 2015


Saturday October 24, 2015
Indiana University--Bloomington

Call for Proposals

Conference Sponsored by DÄ€NESH Institute and Hosted by the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), Indiana University

The Planning Committee for this conference invites submission of proposals for papers and panels related to the above conference theme. Papers may include empirical or conceptual studies, and panels may focus on a single topic or a range of related topics. Paper or panel proposals should include the following information:

  1. Name, institutional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, and phone number(s) of the paper's author(s) or panel chair;
  2. concise professional biography of the paper's author(s) or panel chair;
  3. The title and an abstract of the paper or of the panel.

The deadline for submission is August 15, 2015. Proposals should be sent to:
Dr. Irene Queiro-Tajalli at or via U.S. mail addressed to her at Indiana University School of Social Work, 902 West New York Street, Rm. 4161, ES bldg., Indianapolis, IN 46202-5156.
The Conference Planning Committee includes Drs. Cyrus Behroozi, Jamsheed Choksy, Paul Losensky, Irene Queiro-Tajalli, Sholeh Shahrokhi, and Bita Zakeri.

News From Board Members

Danesh Institute is delighted to announce that Dr. Kamalipour received the 2013 Researcher of the Year Award from the Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA). As the recipient, Dr. Kamalipour delivered the keynote address at ITERA Annual Conference held in April 2013 in Cincinnati.

Dr. Irene Queiro-Tajalli received one of the Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Center for Leadership Development - Empowering Youth, Strengthening Community, in March 2014, Indianapolis, IN. This award recognizes individuals for their "...superb dedication and accomplishments in both the performance of life's work and the rendering of service to those in need."