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April 2019

Anahita Alavi: Manuscript Illumination – Process and Examples

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

Dr Shafiee lectures at Warwick University. She  completed her PhD in the departments of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. She was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at the National University of Singapore. As a visiting research fellow at the IAS, she has finalized the publication of her book manuscript, Machineries of Oil: An Infrastructural History of BP in Iran, forthcoming in 2017 with MIT Press. The book brings together histories of the Middle East…

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July 2019

Jane Lewisohn: An introduction to the elements of Persian classical music

July 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jane Lewisohn has been engaged for many years in the Golha programme, collecting recordings of Persian music played on Tehran radio. In this lecture she will talk about the 'grammar' of Persian music and its many modes, with recordings to illustrate.

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Nacim Pak Shiraz: Cinema in Iran (title to be decided)

July 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr Nacim Pak Shiraz is Lecturer in Film and Persian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She was a lecturer at The Institute of Ismaili Studies between 2007 and 2010, and holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London She has written Shi'i Islam in Iranian Cinema.

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Borna Izadpanah: Early Persian printing in Europe

July 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Borna Izadpanah is an Iranian typeface designer and researcher based in London. He holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK and an MA in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication. His MA dissertation at the University of Reading traced The typographic development of the Nasta’liq style, 1770s-2000. He is the designer of award-winning typefaces Lida and Lalezar. As a graphic designer, his work has been exhibited in venues such as The British Museum, The Royal College of…

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Maziyar Ghiabi: The social history of opium

July 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Maziyar Ghiabi is Departmental Lecturer in Modern Iranian History and Titular Lecturer at Wadham College, Oxford. He has recently published  Drugs Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in which he shows the remarkably enlightened way in which Iran deals with its drug problems.

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October 2019

Julia Hartley: Jane Dieulafoy – Archaeologist, sharpshooter, illustrator.

October 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Iran as a Woman’s Career: The Exceptional Case of Jane Dieulafoy (1851–1916) The life and work of Jane Dieulafoy, a writer, archaeologist and women’s activist who is largely forgotten today. I shall be focusing on three chapters of Dieulafoy’s career that were devoted to Iran: her debut as a travel writer (1881–1882); her participation in the first French archaeological mission at Susa (1884–1886); and her efforts to disseminate Achaemenid history to a wider audience by writing a novel and then…

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November 2019

Edoardo Ferrari: Transforming vernacular architecture in the Iranian desert

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Edoardo Ferrari has been working in the desert region around Tabas, destroyed by earthquake in September 1978, to engage local master builders to rebuild or restore traditional mud brick houses, using the old methods while enough ostads remained alive to pass on the knowledge of their craft. The village of Esfahk has experienced a unique process of transformation throughout history. The village is situated in the barren desert land of South Khorasan, presenting varied examples of domestic architecture: from the more ancient…

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December 2019

Murder in the Legation: A dramatic reading

December 10 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St Columba’s Church Hall, Pont Street

Our Christmas dinner will be preceded by a reading of a scripted play about the murder in 1918 in the British Legation of the British Military Attaché, the subsequent trial and its political consequences. The script was compiled by the great-grandson of the Military Attaché and will be performed by him with two recent members of the Embassy staff. This is a ticketed event with limited seating, open to members who may bring up to 2 guests.  No admittance without…

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