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June 2017

Abbas Kiarostami: The Man and His Arts

June 11 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Kiarostami’s Poetic Landscapes Shiva Balaghi Abbas Kiarostami: The Belated Poet Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak The Artful Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami Hamid Naficy Take Me Home (2016) Film screening and remarks by Ahmad Kiarostami Roundtable discussion Moderated by Nayereh Tohidi *Presentations in English followed by a Roundtable Discussion in Persian Shiva Balaghi is a cultural historian, focusing on the visual arts of the contemporary Middle East. For nearly two decades, she taught history and art history at NYU and Brown University. Her…

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May 2017

** CANCELLED ** How much of a physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?

May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Wolfgang Hemmann THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. A lecture by Judith Pfeiffer (University of Bonn) Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl Allāh Hamadānī (d. 718/1318) is often introduced as “ṭabīb,” or ‘physician,’ mostly to distinguish him from authors with similar names, notably the epistolographer Rashīd al-Dīn Waṭwāṭ (d. 578/1182). This paper discusses Rashīd al-Dīn’s scholarly persona as a physician. Starting from his epithet, ṭabīb, the paper explores his role as a medical practitioner, patron, and author of scholarly medical treatises, arguing that Rashīd…

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My Story: From Iran to NASA and Beyond

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr. Azadeh Tabazadeh is an author, environmental consultant, and has worked as a senior research scientist at NASA. She has taught geophysics at Stanford University and received her doctoral degree in physical chemistry from UCLA. Named as a top “Brilliant 10” young scientist in the U.S. by ​Popular Science​ , Tabazadeh has published more than 60 articles  and was given a Presidential White House Award. Come see Tabazadeh speak on her experiences, including her TIME-featured memoir ​The Sky Detective​  that details her life growing up in Iran. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by UCLA Iranian Studies

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Lost Souls: Photography of African Eunuchs & Female Servants in Qajar Iran

May 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

©The Farhad Diba Collection of Qajar Photographs. Caption: Malek Jahan Khanom/ Mahd-e Olia, the mother of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar A lecture in English by Pedram Khosronejad The focus of scholars of photography of Qajar Iran, remains fixed solely on photographic content, without any consideration of the materiality of photographic form. Recognizing photographs as material culture is a way to address such a blind spot, and suggests that any methodological use of them requires a more complex and subtle approach.…

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April 2017

Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) and the Creation of the “Sacred Defense Art”

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

© Revayat-e Farth Institute, Tehran, Iran. Caption: Morteza Avini. A lecture in Persian by Pedram Khosronejad Pedram Khosronejad is Farzaneh Family Chair and Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies Program (IPGS) at the Oklahoma State University and also associate member of Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laicités, CNRS-Paris, France. He obtained his PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His research interests include cultural and social anthropology, the anthropology of death and dying, visual…

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Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak Bud o Nemud-e Sokhan (Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance) brings together twenty select articles which Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak has written and published in the Persian language over three decades of academic service in the United States, and which have a bearing on a novel understanding of the history of Persian Literature. In an extensive Introductory essay, the author relates each of the works he analyzes and interprets to its specific social context and…

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Camera Orientalis: Reflections on Photography of the Middle East

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A book celebration for Ali Behdad In the decades after its invention in 1839, photography was inextricably linked to the Middle East. Introduced as a crucial tool for Egyptologists and Orientalists who needed to document their archaeological findings, the photograph was easier and faster to produce in intense Middle Eastern light—making the region one of the original sites for the practice of photography. A pioneering study of this intertwined history, Camera Orientalis: Reflections on Photography of the Middle East (University…

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March 2017

The Anatomy of Loyalty and Patterns of Patronage in the Religio-political Culture of Sixteenth Century Iran

March 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Khafipour discusses the spiritual dimensions of political loyalty that was instrumental in the formation of strong ties between the Safavid rulers and their chiefs at the epicenter of the order, where power was continually contested. Drawing on a wide variety of historical and literary sources, Islamic theology, and theories of power, he discusses the anatomy of political loyalty among the early Safavids within the context of early modern state formation and posits that hierarchies of spiritual power inherent in…

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Iran-China Relations in a Changing World

March 5 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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February 2017

Excavations at Pasargadae: The First Imperial City of the Achaemenids

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The World Heritage site of Pasargadae was the first dynastic site of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, in Fars, in the sixth century BCE. Its palaces, gardens, and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and testament to the grandeur of the Achaemenid civilization. In 2016, a new comprehensive excavation project was launched at the site. The first season of work concentrated on the ruined, solitary tower…

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