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December 2018

Brian MacDonald: “Tribal rugs of Iran and the tribes who made them”

December 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This event will be held at St Columba's Church, Pont Street,  followed by the Christmas dinner.  Admission to members and their guests only. Tickets cost £35 each and can be bought by clicking on the link below. During the 1970s, whilst carrying out reconnaissance work for two university archaeological expeditions in southern Iran, Brian travelled extensively throughout that country as well as in Afghanistan and Turkey. In 1972, he lived and worked amongst two tribal groups in Iran – the…

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January 2019

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

January 14 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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