Selected & More Recent Conference Presentations & Invited Talks​

  • ​Haghighat, Elhum. “Understanding the links and causal relationships between population dynamics, social and political change in the MENA region.” Theme of the conference: Understanding Change in World Politics. Session sponsored by “Political Demography and Geography” and “Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration Studies.” Title of the panel: The Importance of People and Place in MENA. Paper presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland, 23-25 February 2017.


  • Haghighat, Elhum. “Multiple Modernities and Multiple Democracies in a Context of Demographic Transition in the Middle East and North Africa.” Paper presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia, 16 March 2016. Theme of the conference: Exploring Peace. Title of the panel: The Middle East in Transition: Issues and Responses. 16-20 March 2016.

  • Haghighat, Elhum. “Multiple Modernities, Socio-political and Demographic Transitions in MENA”. Paper presented at the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) & European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES) held at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, U.K. Panel’s title: Politics and Demography in MENA. 24-26 June 2015.

  •  Haghighat, Elhum. “Contextualizing Socio-political & Demographic Transformations in the Middle East”. Paper presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, 19 February 2014. Theme of the conference: Global International Relations and Regional Worlds: A New Agenda for International Studies. Title of the Panel: Cases, Numbers, and Models: Quantitative Approach to International Relations. 18-21 February 2015.


  • Haghighat, Elhum. Discussant and panel participant for the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Post 2015 Politics at the Intersection of Feminist Economics & Religion. Session on Women and Gender Empowerment. Co-sponsors: UNFPA, UNWomen, IAFFE (International Association for Feminist Economics). United Nations: New York. 11 April 2014.


  • Haghighat, Elhum. “Political Uprisings in the Middle East and the Connections to the Context of the Demographic and Economic Changes.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) meetings held in Baltimore, 20-23 February 2013. Theme of the Conference: Politics of Invisible Work. Title of the panel: State Power and Popular Resistance. Baltimore, Maryland. 22 February 2014.


  • Haghighat, Elhum. “Political, Demographic, and Economic Transformations in the Middle East: Understanding the Changes through the Gender Lens”. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for International Studies Association (ISA) meetings that were held in San Francisco, California, 3-6 April 2013. Theme of the conference: The Politics of International Diffusion: Regional and Global Dimensions. Regular panel sponsored by: International Political Sociology. Panel Title: The Diffusion of Resistance: Popular Responses to Austerity, Economic Crisis and Greed. San Francisco. CA. 06 April 2013.


  • Haghighat, Elhum. “Gender, Politics, and Social Change in the Middle East: How Women are Changing the Political Landscape.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference for Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) meetings that were held in Boston, Massachusetts, 21-24 March 2013. Theme and special focus of the conference: Sustainable Communities/Sustainable Lives: Social Change, Social Action, & Social Justice. Regular Paper Session, Panel Title: Gender & Politics in the Middle East. Boston. MA. 22 March 2013.


  • Haghighat, Elhum. “Demographic, Economic and Political Transformations in the Middle East: Is Women’s Use of Social Media Contributing to the Rise of the ‘Arab Spring’?” Paper presented at the Annual Conference for Convegno Societa Italiana Scienze Politiche (SISP- Italian Political Science Association Conference).  Section: Political Participation and Social Movements, Panel: The Spring of Arab Movements? The Role of the Movements in Fostering Political Change.” Rome, Italy. 13-15 September 2012.


  • Haghighat, Elhum. “Connection between Educational Attainment, Reduced Fertility & Mortality, Labor Force Inclusion & Political Participation for Women in the Middle East.” Session on the Circle of Life: Fertility and Mortality. Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society annual meetings. New York, New York. 25 February 2012.

  •  Haghighat, Elhum. “Socio-Demographic Transformations and Women’s Status in Iran.” Session on Gender in Comparative Contexts. Meeting’s theme: Intersectionalities & Complex Inequalities. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 27 February 2011.