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January 2019

Aeron O’Connor: “Tajikistan: Persian Poetry to Soviet Realism”

January 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Aeron O'Connor is an anthropologist based at UCL, where she is completing her PhD. Her research focuses on the intellectual history of modern-day Tajikistan. She has lived and carried out ethnographic research in Dushanbe, Tajikistan for two years, working in Tajik Persian. There, she worked extensively with artists, musicians, writers and scholars. Her research ultimately reflects on how ideas and artistic and literary movements have been produced, shared and transformed during Tajikistan's fast-changing history in and out of communism.

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February 2019

Lucy Deacon: “The Traditional Ta’zieh Mourning Plays of Moharram”

February 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lucy Deacon was one of the performers at the Burns-Hafez event last December.  She has attended a number of performances of ta'zieh in Iran and has also studied a collection of ta'zieh scripts held in the Vatican library.

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April 2019

Anahita Alavi: Manuscript Illumination – Process and Examples

April 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Anahita Alavi is an Iranian artist who has learned Persian Miniature, Islamic Illumination and Geometric design under the supervision of the great masters in Iran.  She has taught Persian painting and Islamic illumination at the Payam-e Noor University of Tehran and a number of schools and institutes in Iran.  Since 2016, she has been engaged in teaching and producing Persian painting and illumination at SOAS. In this talk she will go through the process of preparing the materials and production…

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May 2019

Lindsey Allen: “Persepolis in the Diaspora”

May 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A discussion about items removed from Persepolis to foreign collections.

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June 2019

Dr Katayoun Shafiee: “Machineries of Oil: An Infrastructural History of BP in Iran”

June 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr Shafiee lectures at Warwick University and has recently published a book on BP with this title. The lecture will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 6.15pm

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