Urban Governance and Municipal Politics in Tehran

Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Location: 
Aaron Burr 219
Speaker(s): 
Sponsor(s): 
Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies

With 25 years’ research, writing, and policymaking experience on Tehran, Azam Khatam explores the dynamics of urban politics in Iran through examining how Tehran’s built environment has been shaped and transformed through the frictions and interactions between institutions of urban governance and a range of social actors. In the 1990s, “technocrat revolutionaries” used urban renewal projects to redefine and smooth the transition to the post-war and post-Khomeini social and political order. Since then, Tehran’s spatial transformation has involved struggle over the boundaries of authority and practices of government institutions, accumulation of capital through land speculation and commerce, culture wars over defining the public spaces, and the emergence of citizen coalitions.

Please RSVP by 9/24 to iran@princeton.edu.

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