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March 2022

The World of Ancient Iran and the West

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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 Panels Begin: 9:00 am The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World and the Getty 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 19 and 20,…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Love at Eighty Film Screening

March 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

هشتادسالگی و عشق A Film Screening and Panel Discussion of Simin Behbahani: Love at Eighty Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 11:30am Pacific Time via Zoom Film in Persian with English Subtitles Panel in Persian Registration Required https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MkAi-NDfQR-rKKgZQI3kUw

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February 2022

Bilingual Lecture Series: The Collective for Black Iranians

February 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

A Talk with the Collective for Black Iranians: On the Importance of Centering Erased Black and Afro Iranian Histories from Iran and the Diaspora A Panel Discussion Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 11:30am Pacific Time via Zoom Panel in Persian and English Registration Required Please join the UCLA Program of Iranian Studies and the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies for a discussion centering the importance of storytelling and the point of view – two guiding principles in the Collective…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Kianoosh Rezania

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

How Did the Ancient Iranians Coordinate Space? On the Old Iranian Absolute Frame of Reference For verbal expression and nonverbal cognitive processing of spatial relations between two objects, the speakers of a language use different frames of reference. (Psycho)linguistics classifies these into three main groups: intrinsic, relative, and absolute. This lecture aims to identify the old Iranian absolute frame of reference. After a short explanation of different frames of reference, the presentation will examine four sorts of evidence to this…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Céline Redard

February 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Current Trends in Avestan Studies This lecture discusses the major progress made in our understanding of the Avestan corpus/texts in the last years. Based on her recent publication co-written with Jean Kellens, L’introduction à l’Avesta, Céline Redard introduces the new vision of the Avesta, leading to the new editions currently undertaken. The important ritual aspect will also be underlined, with some concrete examples taken from her books The Srōš Drōn – Yasna 3 to 8, and The Gujarati Ritual Directions…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Ali Banuazizi

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Iranian Cultural Identity and the Politics of Religious Nationalism The lecture begins with an exploration of the various bases for Iranian “cultural identity” (Iraniyat)—including a long pre-Islamic legacy, the Persian language, Shi’ism, and the bonds and affinities among a people who have inhabited roughly the same territory for nearly three millennia. It makes a distinction between Iranian “cultural” and “national” identities and examines how the latter view of Iranian “national” identity was transformed into nationalist political ideologies from the last…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Ali Banuazizi

February 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

هویت فرهنگی، ملی گرائی، و ناسیونالیسم اسلامی در ایران / Iranian Cultural Identity and the Politics of Religious Nationalism The lecture begins with an exploration of the various bases for Iranian “cultural identity” (Iraniyat)—including a long pre-Islamic legacy, the Persian language, Shi’ism, and the bonds and affinities among a people who have inhabited roughly the same territory for nearly three millennia. It makes a distinction between Iranian “cultural” and “national” identities and examines how the latter view of Iranian “national”…

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January 2022

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Eberhard Sauer

January 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

From the Gorgan Wall to the Alan Gates/Dariali: The Northern Defenses of the Sasanian Empire A lecture by Eberhard W. Sauer Based on collaborative research with Jebrael Nokandeh, Hamid Omrani Rekavandi, Lana Chologauri and Davit Naskidashvili   It was only in December 2005 that radiocarbon samples established beyond doubt a Sasanian-era construction date for the Gorgan Wall, the longest fort-lined barrier of the late antique world. Until then, majority opinion had favored a date half a millennium before. Over the…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: John W.I. Lee

January 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Greek ‘Concubines’ and Achaemenid Dynastic Politics The civil war of 401 BC between Cyrus the Younger and his older brother King Artaxerxes II (r. 405/4-359/8 BC) is well known to Achaemenid historians, thanks especially to the famous account of Xenophon’s Anabasis.  While the military aspects of this conflict have been much studied, this lecture focuses on the two Ionian Greek women who accompanied Cyrus on his campaign.   Xenophon describes them as “concubines,” but setting these two women into the broader contexts of Achaemenid court culture and of intermarriage between…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

January 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and the UCLA Program in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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