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It is a great pleasure to invite you to the Fourth Persian and Persianate Gender Network (PGN) Roundtable, which takes on October 16-19, 2010, at the University of Chicago. This invitation is extended on behalf of Dr. Soukeina Bouraoui (Director of the Center for Arab Women Training and Research - CAWTAR), Ellen Cohen (Dean of Students at the Harris School of University of Chicago), and the World Bank. 

The Roundtable follows three previous ones -- Harvard University in (January and November 2009) and The Netherlands (June 2010) -- in bringing together close to 100 scholars, experts, and practitioners from Europe and North America who work on gender issues in the Iran, Afghanistan, and/or Tajikistan. We hope to deepen and broaden PGN even more in Chicago.

The PGN Roundtable will be held in conjunction with several related activities, such as the GERPA conference (Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis), the ANGED (Arab Gender Network) meeting, to allow for exchange of ideas and knowledge with other networks supported by the World Bank that work on gender issues. An important highlight is the Sunday program with the Nobel Laureates and the reception at the renowned Oriental Institute, which houses the famous Persepolis Tablets and an impressive collection of Middle Eastern antiquities. PGN has reserved 30 spaces, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

In addition, we are very happy to announce that the PGN Roundtable will be held back-to-back with the Conference on Iran's Economy (CIE - see Several papers will be presented at CIE on gender issues in Iran. For those interested, PGN can cover the cost of 10 members to participate in this conference.

1) Overall Conference Program

Friday/Saturday October 15-16
Conference on Iran's Economy (all day and handled separately)
Saturday, October 16, 2010:
PM: PGN Roundtable
Sunday, October 17, 2010:
Economic Symposium at the Harris School for Public Policy (jointly with GERPA/ANGED/CIE)
Professor Gary Becker -- 1992 Nobel Laureate in Economics (confirmed)
Dr. Shirin Ebadi (tbc) -- 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate (to be confirmed)
Professor Robert Fogel (c) -- 1993 Nobel Laureate in Economics (confmd)
Professor James Heckman -- 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics (confmd)
Professor Roger Myerson -- 2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics (confmd)
Professor Marianne Bertrand -- Chris P. Dialynas Prof. of Economics, U of Chicago (confmd)
Professor Kevin Murphy -- George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, U of Chicago (confmd)

Reception at the renowned Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (6pm-8pm)
Monday, October 18, 2010:
AM: Economic workshop (for PGN/ANGED/GERPA)
Policy and advocacy workshop (for PGN/ANGED)
PM: Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis (GERPA) Conference
Tuesday, October 19, 2010:
AM: GERPA Conference (cont.)
PM: ANGED Conference

2) PGN Roundtable Program

In addition to overall Network discussions, there will be two sessions of presentations and/or open discussions on themes suggested by participants. Please send your suggestions by cob Thursday, September 9, 2010.

We welcome your suggestions on topics you would be interested to speak about. For those who would like to present recent work, please, we are interested in recent papers (past 1-2 years) on gender issues on Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. A panel has been selected to review the papers and decide on the 3-4 high quality presentations. Each selected paper will receive an honorarium of $250. We welcome a one-pager covering:
1) a short abstract of the research and when it was conducted.
2) a paragraph on the methodology and data (if quantitative).
3) key findings and the newness of the findings
4) relevance of the research for policy making.

And please visit PGN website and e-library, and become a member ( We look very much forward to seeing you in Chicago. Enjoy your summer.

Nadereh Chamlou