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June 2022

Bilingual Lecture Series: Nahid Pirnazar

June 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Judeo Persian Writings an original comprehensive collection published in 2021 gives parallel examples in Judeo Persian and Perso Arabic script and their translations into English Most Judeo Persian documents not only reflect the twenty seven centuries of Jewish life in Iran, but they are also a testament to their intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions The significant value of such documents is found in the areas of linguistics, history, sociocultural and literary issues, in the form of verse and prose As…

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May 2022

The World of Ancient Iran and the West

May 19 - May 20
314 Royce Hall,

An International Symposium Convened by M. Rahim Shayegan (University of California, Los Angeles) and  Jeffrey Spier (J. Paul Getty Museum) May 19–20, 2022 | 314 Royce Hall Morning Refreshments: 8:00 am Symposium Begins: 9:00 am The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World and the J. Paul Getty Museum are convening for a third year an international symposium on the exchanges between ancient Iran and the Classical world. This year’s symposium, held at UCLA over two days (May…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: The Performance of Female Masculinity in Lalehzari Music

May 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Performance of Female Masculinity in Lalehzari Music The Arabic-infused Iranian popular musical genre, Lalehzari (or Kucheh-Bazari), was well liked amongst Iran’s underclass in the last few decades before the 1979 Revolution. In the sixties and seventies, the taste for Lalehzari music clearly indicated a lower social class and was associated by mainstream culture with debauchery, even criminality, and a lack of social consciousness. This project explores ways that the female Lalehzari performers rejected the features of conventional femininity imposed…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: اجراگری مردانگی توسط زنان هنرمند در موسیقی لاله‌زاری

May 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

اجراگری مردانگی توسط زنان هنرمند در موسیقی لاله‌زاری The Arabic-infused Iranian popular musical genre, Lalehzari (or Kucheh-Bazari), was well liked amongst Iran’s underclass in the last few decades before the 1979 Revolution. In the sixties and seventies, the taste for Lalehzari music clearly indicated a lower social class and was associated by mainstream culture with debauchery, even criminality, and a lack of social consciousness. This project explores ways that the female Lalehzari performers rejected the features of conventional femininity imposed…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Fatemeh Shams

May 1 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

تنش شعر و قدرت در ایران ِ پس از انقلاب The Tension Between Poetry and Power in Post-Revolutionary Iran شعر و شاعران چه نقشی در پیروزی انقلاب ۵۷ و به مسند نشاندن حاکمان جمهوری اسلامی داشتند؟ چرا حاکمان جمهوری اسلامی به شعر اهمیت می‌دهند؟‌ شاعران حکومتی چه کسانی هستند و چگونه به عرصه شعر بعد از انقلاب وارد شدند؟‌ آنها توسط چه کسانی حمایت می‌شوند و از چه می‌نویسند؟ چه ارتباطی میان شعر، زبان، استبداد، و خاطره جمعی وجود دارد؟…

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April 2022

Iran Unglazed: Local, National, and Global Histories of Persian Tilework

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:00am Pacific Time via Zoom Registration Required This talk examines the many ways in which Persian tilework has been packaged and interpreted between the field, museum, and photograph. At stake is a balancing act between prevailing narratives of world heritage and local and national histories, as well as the reconciliation of museum “objects” and their original architectural homes. Through this lecture, Dr. Overton highlights the circumstances that have informed the transformation and reception of Persian tiles over the…

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Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series – Empire and Borderlands at Interplay: A Structural Approach (First Millennium BCE – First Millennium CE)

April 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
314 Royce Hall,

The 2022 Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Featuring Professor Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck) The Achaemenid Persian World Empire The series of lectures offers a novel and fresh perspective on one of the largest and most successful empires in world history, namely, the Achaemenid Persian World Empire (sixth to fourth century BCE), the central power of a (proto-)globalized world, and the driving force behind many cultural developments, whose manifold repercussions we may observe from Gibraltar to the Taklamakan Desert, from…

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Priestess, Queen, Goddess: The Divine Feminine in Nile Valley Societies

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
365 Kaplan Hall,

The prominence of powerful goddesses, the reverence awarded to the queen mothers of Kush, and a series of sole-ruling queens (one of whom led her army in battle against the invading Romans), highlight the unusually high status of women in these ancient African societies along the Nile and serve as a fitting focus for the study of female power in the ancient world. This lecture will examine more closely the queens, priestesses, and goddesses who were exceptionally prominent in ancient…

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Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series – Space and Universality: The Long Life of the Achaemenid Mental Map in Antiquity and Beyond (Sixth Century BCE – Sixth Century CE)

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
314 Royce Hall,

The 2022 Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Featuring Professor Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck) The Achaemenid Persian World Empire The series of lectures offers a novel and fresh perspective on one of the largest and most successful empires in world history, namely, the Achaemenid Persian World Empire (sixth to fourth century BCE), the central power of a (proto-)globalized world, and the driving force behind many cultural developments, whose manifold repercussions we may observe from Gibraltar to the Taklamakan Desert, from…

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From the Jewish Antiquities to the Zena Ayhud: Alexander the Great in the Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic Versions of Sefer Yosippon

April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
365 Kaplan Hall,

One of the numerous medieval accounts about Alexander the Great appears in Sefer Yosippon, a Hebrew adaptation of the works of Josephus produced in Italy in the tenth century. The anonymous author of the text slightly amends Josephus’s account of Alexander’s visit to Jerusalem, which appears in Book 11 of the Jewish Antiquities. The subsequent popularity of Sefer Yosippon among medieval Jews, Christians, and Muslims results in further adaptations of the Josephan account of Alexander. In multiple stages of recensions…

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