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January 2017

Divine Priestesses: The Ptolemaic Queens in the Egyptian and Hellenistic Cults

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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The Ptolemaic kings and queens were not only venerated as synnaoi theoi (‘temple-sharing gods’) in the Egyptian temples and received various cults of their own (including the Hellenistic and Egyptian ruler cults), but they also served as priests and priestesses themselves. In the ancient Egyptian understanding, the king was per definitionem the high priest. This lecture will focus on the queens serving as priestesses, both in the Hellenistic and the Egyptian contexts, and analyse how these two worlds were possibly…

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Film Screening

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Iranian Student Group at UCLA will be hosting a screening and Q&A with lm director  Jahangir Golestan for two back-to-back, English-language documentaries: Homeless to Homeowner, telling the story of Mohammad Mohanna, who establishes a facility to serve  the homeless of Sacramento, and Bam 6.6, detailing the story of the Iranians that saved the  lives of a Jewish-American couple in the aftermath of Iran’s 2003 earthquake in Bam. This  free event is open to the public and made possible by…

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Modelling Long-Distance Interaction in the Middle Bronze AgeThe Old

January 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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The Old Assyrian trade network c. 1895-1865 BCE is by far the best documented example of how a long-distance commercial circuit was organized and run in the ancient world. But the Assyrian records show that the circuit to which they relate was not isolated. It formed part of a chain of comparable units and was kept intentionally separate from competing entities. This talk will explore some of those other linked and competing commercial networks of the Middle Bronze Age in…

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Ups and Downs of Women’s Quest for Equal Rights under the Islamic Republic of Iran

January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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A lecture in Persian Mehrangiz Kar is a writer, attorney, and activist specializing in women’s rights and family law. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Gender and Women’s Studies Department of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Prior to this fellowship, she worked as a senior expert at Family Health International (FHI), a Washington DC-based international development organization, focusing on Islamic law and gender in the Middle East. Having practiced law in the Islamic Republic of Iran for 22 years, she has published…

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To Refer or Not to Refer: Tracking Intertextuality in the Hebrew Bible

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Professor Machinist will develop aspects of intertextuality through several examples involving well-known biblical texts, including Psalm 29—a famous “Canaanite” hymn in the Psalter. This seminar will be held in conjunction with Professor Schniedewind’s Ugaritic seminar. Graduate students are encouraged to read Psalm 29 and Y. Avishur’s chapter on “Psalm 29” in Studies in Hebrew and Ugaritic Psalms.     Dr. Peter Machinist Harvard Divinity School Event Flyer

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February 2017

Contested Terrains of Iranian Culture

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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A lecture in English Throughout modern Iranian history, culture has served as a means of imposing unity and cohesion onto society. The Pahlavi monarchs used it to project an image of Iran as an ancient civilization, re-emerging as an equal to Western nations, while the revolutionaries deployed it to remake the country into an Islamic nation. Just as Iranian culture has been continually re-interpreted, the representations and avocations of Iranian identity vary amongst Iranians across the world. This presentation will…

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New light on Qubbet el-Hawa

February 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Dr. Barjamovic will be giving two lectures. First lecture will be from 11:00A-11:50A. Second lecture will be from 12:15P-1:00P.       Dr. Martin Bommas Reader in Egyptology Getty Scholar 2016-2017 Curator of the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Arts at the University of Birmingham Director of the Qubbet el-Hawa Research Project Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology  Event Flyer

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Metaphysical Subversions in Contemporary Iranian Art

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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A lecture in English The directional force of contemporary Iranian art, especially photography, the genius of its expression, is principally the subversion of metaphysical concepts, be they theological, philosophical and/or ontological. Contemporary Iranian art makes transparent the arbitrariness of Truth centers, thus resulting in the erasure of such cherished absolutes as the concept of author as God (artist as the creator of original concepts and forms), Art (as a privileged expression) and the a priori of an essence from which…

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15th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies

February 24

We enthusiastically invite graduate students and recent post-docs (Ph.D., within the last two years) in fields associated with Armenian Studies (broadly defined) to present their recent research. Work in progress is encouraged. Research papers are accepted on all aspects of Armenian studies, including, but not limited to: literature, history, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, economics, art history, and much more. We encourage comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches. Panel submissions are also welcome. This year we are pleased to announce that thanks…

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March 2017

Iran-China Relations in a Changing World

March 5 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm
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A lecture in Persian As two great civilizations with an illustrious imperial past, Iran and China have a long history of trade, political and cultural ties that go back to the ancient Silk Road more than 2100 years ago.  Islam was introduced to China by Persian speaking Muslims.  Currently, China has more than 30 million Muslims living primarily in the Western part of the country. Against this historical backdrop, Iran and China have witnessed an impressive expansion of their bilateral…

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