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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

Dr. Mary Hegland, Professor of Anthropology at Santa Clara University and DANESH Institute board member, received the Gold Medal (World History Category) in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) for her book, Days of Revolution. Political Unrest in an Iranian Village (2014).

Published by University Press:

Cloth ISBN: 9780804775670
Paper ISBN: 9780804775687
Digital ISBN: 9780804788854


Dr. Irene Queiro-Tajalli was named a 2015 Recognizing External Achievements (REA) recipient for the School of Social Work.  All REA recipients were honored at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation on Friday, April 24, 2015.