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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. 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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October 2019

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

October 10, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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January 2020

From Golha to Golistan: Jane Lewisohn

January 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Archiving and Preserving the 20th-century Persian Performing Arts Jane Lewisohn - SOAS Department of Music Jane Lewisohn has devoted many years to running the Golha project to preserve and archive recordings of classical Persian music and poetry. "In this presentation I will highlight some of the challenges the researcher is confronted with in archiving the Performing Arts of Iran of the 20th century. During the seven (2005-2012) years that I spent archiving the Golha Radio programs and creating a searchable platform…

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February 2020

Dr Richard McClary: The Apotheosis of Brick Decoration in the Persianate World: Qarakhanid Monuments of Central Asia and Some Antecedents in Iran

February 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This lecture examines structures built and decorated in brick during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Following an overview of the some of the antecedent structures built by the Buyids in Isfahan and Na’in, the focus turns to what can be seen to be some of the finest examples of brick decorated monuments in the wider Iranian world. Buildings in Bukhara, Uzgend and Termez will be the main focus, alongside some other sites outwith the Qarakhanid realm for comparative purposes. It…

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