Digital/New #MediaArt and Contemporary Iran: Questions of Gender - by Morehshin Allahyari & Jennifer Way (2013) | Digital #MediaArt(s) Numérique(s) | Scoop.it

On August 20, 2012, Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology announced that thirty-six universities would cut seventy-seven fields of study from the female curriculum, making them male-only fields. They include archaeology, nuclear physics, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and business management, among others. The ban resulted from Iran’s government’s perceptions about the already-greater and still-increasing number of women attending universities in Iran in comparison to men, and it made news around the world. From London The Telegraph observed, “Iran has the highest ratio of female to male undergraduates in the world, according to UNESCO. Female students have become prominent in traditionally male-dominated courses like applied physics and some engineering disciplines.” Consequently, it reported, “[s]enior clerics in Iran’s theocratic regime have become concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women, including declining birth and marriage rates.” As a result, many programs would become “‘single gender’ and effectively exclusive to men.”...