Eleventh Biennial Iranian Studies Conference

Die International Society for Iranian Studies hält vom 2.-5. August 2016 die „Eleventh Biennial Iranian Studies Conference“ ab.


08:45 am – 10:15 am

Room 1 08:45 am10:15 am
New Perspectives on Iranian Languages
chair: Firoozeh Qandehari, University of Toronto

Helen Giunashvili , G. Tsereteli Institute Of oriental Studies/ Ilya State University, Georgia

Studies on Middle Iranian Onomastics in Greek Inscriptions of (Pre)-Christian Georgia

Mohsen Roudmajani , Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

برری نام گذاری ایرانیان از سال 1340 تا 1392

Chiara Barbati , Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Identifying Scribal Hands: A Few Notes on Christian Sogdian Manuscript Fragments Coming From Turfan

Maria Carmela Benvenuto , Sapienza University of Rome

Inflectional Patterns and Case Syncretism in Old Iranian Languages

Ketevan Gadilia , Russian State University of Humanities

Meaning of (In)definiteness in Iranian Languages. Some Semantic and Grammatical Features.
Room 2 08:45 am10:15 am
Mysticism and Text I
chair: Laila Rahimi Bahmany, Freie Universität Berlin

Professor Farzad Sharifian , Monash University

Cultural Conceptualisations of Del ‘Heart/Stomach’ in Persian

Abolfazl Moshiri , University of Toronto

From the Sun of Tabriz to the Sun of the Soul: Reassessing Shams-i Tabrizi’s Influence on Rumi Through an Esoteric Reinterpretation of the First Tale of the Masnavi.

Leila Rahimi Bahmany , Freie Universität Berlin

Pardi-yi Asrār: Esoteric Veil of Mystery in Persian Literature

Salour Evaz Malayeri , University of St Andrews

Ideology and Resistance in the Poetry of Naser-e Khosrow
Room 3 08:45 am10:15 am
Tehran 1943 I: International Actors, Transnational Actions
convenor: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, University of Toronto
chair: Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani, University of Toronto
discussant: Lior Sternfeld, University of Texas at Austin

Lydia Wytenbroek , York University

“We are failing here”: American Medical Missionaries in Iran and the Second World War

Sabrina Guerrieri , University of Toronto

From Tehran to Tehran; Nasrollah Entezam at the United Nations

Ida Meftahi , University of Maryland

WWII and the Allies’ Recreational Diplomacy and Performative Politics in Iran

Jennifer Jenkins , University of Toronto

The Conference and the City: The Local Context of the Tehran 1943 Diplomatic Meeting
Room 4 08:45 am10:15 am
Theological Innovations in the Islamic Republic of Iran
convenor: Banafsheh Madaninejad, Southwestern University
chair: Mohsen Kadivar, Duke University

Banafsheh Madaninejad , Southwestern University

Ijtihad as Ethically Falsifiable: The New Jurisprudence of Abolqassem Fanaei

Mohsen Kadivar , Duke University

Secular Islam

Ata Anzali , Middlebury College

The Making of a New Religious Movement in Iran: the Case of „Inter-Universal Mysticism” (‘Irfan-i Kayhani)

Liyakat Takim , McMaster University

Privileging the Qur’an: Divorce and the Hermeneutics of Ayatullah Sane‘i
Room 5 08:45 am10:15 am
Organic Prose: (Post)Modern Persian Fiction and the Idea of Iranian Literary Modernity
convenor: Arshavez Mozafari, University of Toronto
chair: Saharnaz Samaeinejad, University of Toronto

Ingrid Naumann , Freie Universität Berlin

Historical Meta-Narrative and Perception of Time in Iranian Postmodernist Literature

IMAD KHALAF , Independent Scholar

A Look at Contemporary Persian Novel Titles

Hamid Razaei Yazdi , University of Toronto

The Hikāyat of Modernity: Re-periodizing modern Iranian literature

Arshavez Mozafari , University of Toronto

Ahrīman in Iran’s Embrace: ‚Alavī, Hidāyat and Romantic Nationalist Demonology
Room 6 08:45 am10:15 am
State and Religion in the Late Medeival and Early Modern Iran
chair: Maryam Kamali, Harvard University

Sholeh Quinn , University of California, Merced

Rival Empires with a Common Heritage: Interconnections in Early Modern Persianate Universal Histories

Hamzeh Kaffash , Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

ولایت نامه گونه ادبی خاص شیعی در قرن نهم

Jawan Shir Rasikh , University of Pennsylvania

Forgotten Societies: Islamization of the Hinterland of Ghur, and its Post-Conversion Afterlives, c. 998-1245 CE

Rachel Howes , California State University, Northridge

Iranian Courts and the Tenth and Eleventh century Mobile Elite
Room 7 08:45 am10:15 am
New Perspectives on Pahlavi Iran
chair / discussant: Roham Alvandi, London School of Economics

Pedram Partovi , American University

Modernization and the Socialization of Alienated Youth in Pahlavi Iran

Roman Siebertz , Bonn Univerisity

Making a Living in Reza Shah’s Iran, 1940-41

Bianca Devos , University of Marburg

Archaeology in the 1930s: Propagandistic and Business Interests Behind the Press Coverage of the Excavations in Persepolis

G J Breyley , Monash University

Fear and Hope, Tears and Laughter: Urban Popular Entertainment in the Early 1960s
Room 8 08:45 am10:15 am
The Foreign Relations of the Islamic Republic: Self-Perception and Reception
convenor / discussant: Rouzbeh Parsi, Dept. of History, Lund University

Dina Esfandiary , King’s College

The Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic: The View From the GCC States

Ariane Tabatabai , Georgetown University

Fatwas and Centrifuges: The Iranian Nuclear Narrative

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi , King’s College

EU-Iran relations: From Dialogue to Nuclear Talks

Janne Bjerre Christensen , Danish Institute for International Studies

In the Name of Drugs: Security, Morality and Contested (Dis)engagements in Iran’s Drug Diplomacy With the EU
Room 9 08:45 am10:15 am
Philosophy and Culture in Iranian History
chair / discussant: Sajjad Rizvi, University of Exeter

Seyed Hossein Hosseini-Nassab , University of Toronto

The Prophet Muhammad in the Works of the Early Falasifa up to Shihab al-Din Suhrawardi (d. 1191)

Urs Gösken , University of Bern

The Perception of Heidegger’s Philosophy as Non-Reductionist by Iranian 20th Century Intellectuals

Hunter Bandy , Duke University

Emotional Significance in 17th Century Indo-Iranian Philosophy

Sharare Shahrokhi , Contra Costa College

Epistemological Shifts and their Impacts on Iranian Feminist Thoughts

08:45 am – 10:30 am

Room 11 08:45 am10:30 am
Slavery in 19th and 20th Century Iran
convenor: Pedram Khosronejad, Oklahoma State University
chair: Thomas Ricks, Independent Scholar

Thomas Ricks , Independent Scholar

The Iranian Diaspora Trading Communities inthe Indian Ocean: A Reassessment of the Iranian Slave Trade in 19th century Qajar Iran

Heidi Walcher , LMU Munich (University of Munich)

About the Slave Trade and Abolitionism in Qajar Iran.

Pedram Khosronejad , Oklahoma State University

Photography of African Slavery in Modern Iran (1840s-1960s)

08:45 am – 10:15 am

Room 10 08:45 am10:15 am
Gendered Ideals and the Limits of Possibility: Women’s Lives in Iran Today
convenor / discussant: Norma Claire Moruzzi, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ghazaleh Haghdad Mofrad , Université Catholique de Louvain

Body Modification and the Importance of Appearance : Construction of Femininity in Contemporary Iran

Homa Maddah , University of Bonn

Empowering Women Heading Households: Social Policy and Gender in Contemporary Iran

Fatemeh Sadeghi , Independent Researcher

Pre-Modern Protests of Women: Memorials (Tazkereh) Versus Conventional History and Modern Feminism

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Room 1 10:30 am12:00 pm
State and Non-State Institutions in Contemporary Iran
chair: Hadi Salehi Esfahani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hadi Salehi Esfahani , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Social Protection, Gender, and the Consumption Patterns of the Poor: The Role of NGOs in Poverty Reduction in Iran

Bayram Sinkaya , Yildirim Beyazit University

Revolutionary Guards and Iranian Politics: The Evolution of IRGC-Politics Relationship under the Rouhani Government

Roozbeh Safshekan , University of Alberta

Towards Human Development: Breaking the Cycle of Failed Development Policies in Post-revolution Iran

Summer Sutton , American University in Dubai

The Navab Regeneration Project and the Urban Ideal Détournement
Room 2 10:30 am12:00 pm
Mysticism and Text II
chair: Ghazzal Dabiri , University of Ghent

Ali Ferdowsi , Notre Dame de Namur University, California

Dah-Namah: Love-mysticism as a floating signifier

Mozhgan Malekan , University of Cincinnati

تعبیر عرفانی دایره ی وجود: بررسی برخی تشابهات موجود پیرامون قوس صعود و نزول در گلشن راز شبستری و فصوص الحکم ابن عربی

Ghazzal Dabiri , University of Ghent

Universalism and Conversion in ‘Attār’s Elahīnāmeh

Leila Ghaleh taki , Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz – IRAN

درونمایه های شعر عرفانی فارسی در شعر سوررئالیست فرانسه: مکان در شعر مولانا و پل الوار
Room 3 10:30 am12:00 pm
Tehran 1943 II: Politics and Political Contestation
convenor: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, University of Toronto
chair: Homa Katouzian, Oxford University
discussant: MOHAMAD TAVAKOLI-TARGHI, University of Toronto

Delbar Khakzad , University of Toronto

World War II and Religious Futurality in Iran

Victoria Tahmasebi , University of Toronto

The Invisible Decade: Feminist Conversations, Contestations, and Coalition Building in 1940s Iran

Mina Yazdani , Eastern Kentucky University

A Convenient Scapegoat: Baha’is amidst the People, the Clerics and the Government

alireza namvar haghighi , UNIVERSTY OF TORONTO.UTM

Religious Publicity and its Impact on Iran’s Politics in 1940s
Room 4 10:30 am12:00 pm
Roundtable on „Rethinking the Iranian Left: History, Diversity and Prospects“
convenor: Matin-asgari, Afshin, California State University, Los Angeles
discussant: Atabaki, Touraj, International Institute of Social History

Mojtaba Mahdavi , University of Alberta

The Muslim Left: Social Justice and Spirituality?

Peyman Vahabzadeh , University of Victoria

A Creative, Egalitarian Future Is Already Here: On the Rising Intellectuals of the Iranian Left

Kamran Matin , University of Sussex

Marxist Theory and the Iranian Left’s Praxis

Maziar Behrooz , San Francisco State University

The Left and use of Violence
Room 5 10:30 am12:00 pm
Alter-fiction, Alternative Criticism: The Heterodox Origins of Iranian Literary Modernity
convenor: Arshavez Mozafari, University of Toronto
chair: Hamid Rezaei Yazdi, University of Toronto

Shayesteh Sadat Mousavi , University of Tehran- University of Marburg (Germany)

“The Influence of the 1960s Literary Miscellanea on the Trend of Modernism in Iranian Fictions”

roya Khoshnevissansari , Leiden University

‚Oil Fiction‘ in Iranian Literary Modernity

Nefise Kahraman , University of Toronto

Comparison as a Method of Literary Reappraisal in 19th Century Iranian and Ottoman Literary Criticism
Room 6 10:30 am12:00 pm
The Tholozan Photographic Collection – Locating Photographic Archives in the Study of Iranian Social and Cultural History
convenor: Corien J.M. Vuurman,

Elahe Helbig , University of Geneva

Invisible History: Photography as Sights of Modernity

Reza Sheikh , Independent scholar in the field of photohistory

The Photograph-Albums of the Golestan Palace – A Window on to the Social History of Iran during the Qajar Era
Room 7 10:30 am12:00 pm
Women in Islamic Republican Society
chair / discussant: Norma Claire Morruzi,

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani , Virginia Tech

Pills and Pens: the impact of rural family planning on literacy of rural women in Iran

Nafiseh Sharifi , School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Moving Beyond Resistance: Women’s Multi-generational Narratives of Body and Sexuality in Tehran

Gi-yeon Koo , Seoul National University

Iranian women’s social movement through social media: focusing on a Facebook page „My Stealthy Freedom“
Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Kourosh Rahimkhani
 , Syracuse University

Women’s Paradoxical Advancement in Post-revolutionary Iran
Room 8 10:30 am12:00 pm
Roundtable: The Current State of Persian Instruction at Colleges and Universities
convenor: Anousha Sedighi, Portland State University

Pouneh Shabani Jadidi , McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies

Current State and Challenges of Persian Instruction in Canada

Haideh Sahim , Columbia

Current problems of the teachers of Persian

Latifeh Hagigi , UCLA

Iranian Studies at UCLA

Sahba Shayani , UCLA, Oxford

Persian Instruction: A Double Perspective

Jaleh Pirnazar , University of California at Berkeley

need for permanent instructor in charge of language teaching
Room 8 10:30 am12:00 pm
CONTINUED: Rountable Organized by the American Asoociation of Teachers of Persian: The Current State of Persian Instruction at Colleges and Universities
convenor: Anousha Sedighi, Portland State University

Soheila Kian , University of California, Irvine

Current issues and problems in the Persian language pedagogy

Peyman Nojoumian , University of Southern California

The state of Persian instruction in southern California

Nahal Akbari , University of Maryland, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Persian language instruction in the US

Ladan Hamedani , University of Hawai’i at Manao

The Current State of Persian Instruction at Colleges and Universities

Farima S.Mostowfi , Georgetown University

Statues of teaching Persian
Room 9 10:30 am12:00 pm
Intellectual Networks and Issues of Provenance and Attribution in Pre-Modern Iran
convenor: Colin Mitchell, Dalhousie University
chair: Christoph Werner, University of Marburg

Colin Mitchell , Dalhousie University

Inspiration and Aspiration: Oscillating Between the Past and Future in the Formulaic Epistles of Qazi Mir Husain Maybudi

Maria Subtelny , University of Toronto

Issues of Attribution and Plagiarism in Kashifi’s Akhlaq-i Muhsini

Reza Pourjavady , Goethe University Frankfurt

Mīr Ḥusayn Maybudī’s Thoughts between Philosophy and Sufism

Dennis Halft , Freie Universität Berlin / Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies in Cairo

Twelver Shīʿī Reception of Arabic Bible Translations in Safavid Persia
Room 10 10:30 am12:00 pm
Generation and Regeneration in Iranian Cultural Production
convenor: Nahid Siamdoust, New York University
discussant: Houchang Chehabi , Boston University

Liliane ANJO , Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Contemporary Iranian Theatre: From privatisation to depoliticisation

Narges Bajoghli , Anthropology at New York University

Rearticulating the Revolution: The Basij and Revolutionary Guards as Media Makers

Nahid Siamdoust , New York University

The Political Economy of Pop Music in Contemporary Iran

leili Sreberny-Mohammadi , New York University

Emerging Artists and Old Masters: Contemporary Iranian Art and the Age Gap
Room 11 10:30 am12:00 pm
„Digital Iran: Social Media, Society and Politics After 2009“
convenor: Babak Rahimi & Marcus Michaelsen , University of California San Diego
discussant: David Faris , Roosevelt University

Nima Rassooli , University of California, San Diego

Balatarin: Gatekeepers and the Politics of a Persian Social Media Site

Marcus Michaelsen , University of Amsterdam

Shaping Perceptions: Social Media and Public Diplomacy in Iran

Babak Rahimi , UC San Diego

Instagram Iran: Digital Photography, Social Change and Politics under the Islamic Republic

Niki Akhavan , The Catholic University of America

Frenemies: Social Media and Iran-US Relations

12:10 pm – 02:00 pm

Special Session 12:10 pm02:00 pm
Vienna Nuclear Talks: 1 Year Later

02:15 pm – 03:45 pm

Room 1 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Zorastrianism and Culture
chair: Enrico Raffaelli , University of Toronto

Mahvash Shahegh , Independent scholar

The Influence of the Zoroastrian Doctrine in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

Amir Ahmadi , Monash University

Do the Gāthās Describe a Ritual Course?

Enrico G. Raffaelli , University of Toronto

Dahmā Āfriti, a Zoroastrian prayer-deity
Room 2 02:15 pm03:45 pm
New Approaches to Persian Literature
chair: Khatereh Sheibani,

Claudia Yaghoobi , Assistant Professor at Georgia College and State University

The Question of Armenian Identity in Zoya Pirzad’s „The Day before Easter“

Laetitia Nanquette , Lecturer and Australian Research Council Fellow

Iranian Publishers Abroad and Online: The Circulation of Iranian Texts around the World

Juan Cole , University of Michigan

Omar Khayyam as a Frame Story

Faryaneh Fadaeiresketi , Heidelberg University

Once again, singing pearls knocking on the roof: Hasā Sheʿr and the Contemporary Poetry of Gilan and Mazandaran
Room 3 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Tehran 1943 III: Occupation and Economic Modernization
convenor: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, University of Toronto
chair: Massoud Karshenas, SOAS, University of London
discussant: Jennifer Jenkins, University of Toronto

Mikiya Koyagi , New York University

Molding Iranian Railway Workers in the 1940s

Mary Yoshinari , University of Toronto

What Happened to Iran’s National Economy during the 1940s?

Ali Saeidi , University of Tehran

The Power of Family Capitalism during the Pahlavi Period, 1940s-1970s
Room 4 02:15 pm03:45 pm
The international impact of the Iranian revolution: The view from Ankara, Moscow, and Brussels.
convenor: Claudia Castiglioni, University of Florence
chair / discussant: Roham Alvandi, London School of Economics

Claudia Castiglioni , University of Florence

Western Europe and the Iranian Revolution of 1979: Political, Strategic, and Energy Aspects

Jim Goode , Grand Valley State University

Between Washington and Tehran: Turkey Engages the Iranian Revolution, 1978-1982
Room 5 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Claims and Agency: the Contested Urban Landscape in Contemporary Iran
convenor: Azam Khatam and Mohammad Eskandari, York University, Toronto & Clark University, Worcester
discussant: Arang keshavarzian & Kaveh Ehsani,

Azam Khatam , York University

Spatiality of Discontent in Tehran’s ‚Revolution Street‘, Two Historical Snapshots

mina saidi , ENSAPLV/ Mosaique-Le LAVUE-CNRS

Gender and Urban claim in Tehran. The women’s demands in a moving metropolis.

Nastran Saremi , PHD candidate at Islamic Azad University (Science & Research Branch), Editor of www.Yekshahr. net

Reclaiming the city: Towards the rights-based environmental activism

Farshid Moqadam Salimi , Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies

Historical heritage and gentrifying actors in contested site of the Kaboud Mosque in Tabriz

Nastran Saremi , PHD candidate at Islamic Azad University (Science & Research Branch), Editor of www.Yekshahr. net

Reclaiming the city: Towards the rights-based environmental activism
Room 6 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Cultural Impact of the Constitutional Period
chair: Janet Afary , UCSB

Janet Afary , Department of Religious Studies, UCSB

Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda and the Project of Religious Reform. By Janet Afary and John Perry (not participating).

Layla Diba , Independant

The Making of a Modern Iranian Artist: Hoseyn Taherzadeh Behzad and the Illustrated Constitutional Era Press

Negin Nabavi , Montclair State University

Anjomans, the Press, and Political Activism in Early Twentieth Century Iran

Hossein Pourbagheri , Leiden University

Taqizadeh: Constitutionalist, Babi or Revolutionary?
Room 7 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Timurid and Safavid Technology and Culture
chair: Yui Kanda, University of Tokyo

Kaveh Niazi , Self

Inbāṭ al-Miyāh al-Khafīya: an early work on hydrology

Yui Kanda , Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo

Safavid Ceramic Tombstones: Reconstruction of Funerary Practice in 17th Century Iran

Charles Melville , University of Cambridge

The mechanical clock of Kashan in the Safavid period

Peyvand Firouzeh , University of Cambridge

Mahan Carpet Fragments; patronage and aesthetic connections with the Shrine of Shah Ne‘matollah Wali
Room 8 02:15 pm03:45 pm
7 Sides of a Cylinder: A Film Screening and Roundtable Discussion on Representations of ‎Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Part I
convenor: Haleh Anvari, Independent artist writer curator
discussant: Dr Pamela Karimi, UMASSD

Narges Bajoghli , Director


Aggie Ebrahimi Azizi , Director

Room 9 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Lifting the Veil: New Research on the Life and Work of Qurratu’l-‘Ayn Tahirih
convenor: Sasha Dehghani,
chair / discussant: Negar Mottahedeh, Duke University

Moojan Momen , None

Women and the Religious World of Nineteenth Century Qazvin

Sahba Shayani , Oxford, UCLA

Unveiling the Re-Veiled through Literary Imitation: A Selection of Poems Attributed to Ṭāhere Qorrat al-‚Ayn

Sasha Dehghani , Research Department, Bahai World Centre

Tahirih in East and West

Omid Ghaemmaghami , The State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton

“God has made love His religion”: Some Introductory Notes on the Prose Works of Tahirih
Room 10 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Persian Manuscript Culture

Philip Bockholt , BGSMCS, FU Berlin

Popularity and readership in the manuscript age – a chronicle and its way through the centuries

Golriz Farshi , The University of Michigan, Department of Near Eastern Studies.

A Sectarian Mushaf at the University of Michigan Library

Arham Moradi , PhD Candidate at the University of Marburg (Germany)

A Genealogical Examination of the Manuscripts of Saʻdī’s Kullīyāt
Room 11 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Roundtable: A Comparative Sociological Retrospective on the Green Movement in Iran
convenor / discussant: Ali Akbar Mahdi, California State University, Northridge

Ali Akbar Mahdi , California State University, Northridge, USA

On the Sociological Nature of the Green Movement: A New Social Movement?

Azadeh Kian , Univresity of Paris, France

Women Rights and a Movement Without Revolution

Saeed Paivandi , University of Lorraine, France

The 2009 Green Movement and the 1979 Iranian Revolution: A comparative Perspective

Mehrzad Boroujerdi , Syracuse University, USA

How Does the Green Movement Measure Up When Compared to the Arab Spring Movements?

Ata Hoodashtian , Umef University, Switzerland

Reflections on the Leadership and Organizational Issues in the Green Movement

04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

Room 1 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Zoroastrianism in Text and Culture
chair: Chiara Barbati,

Shima Jaafari , Deputy of Department of Iranian Studies, Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia

Kinds of Heresy and the Heresiarch According to Avesta and Middle Persian Zoroastrian Texts

Pooriya Alimoradi , University of Toronto

Māh ī Frawardīn Rōz ī Hordād: Alternative Insights to Ancient Myths

Velizar Sadovski , Old Iranian languages and Comparative Indo-Iranian Linguistics

Inherited Lexicon and Poetical Collocations in the Avesta and Veda
Room 2 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Social Justice Activism and Democratization from Within
convenor: Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani, University of Toronto

Victoria Tahmasebi , University of Toronto

The Virtual as the New Social? Iranian Women’s Online Activism

Mojtaba Mahdavi , University of Alberta

Rethinking Structure and Agency in Democratization: Iran after the Green Movement

Peyman Vahabzadeh , University of Victoria

A Glance into the Future: Actual and Possible Co- and Cross-Articulations of Social Justice and Democracy in Iran

Siavash Saffari , Columbia University

Public Religiosity and the Struggle for Socio-economic Justice: A Theology for Mobilizing the Poor?
Room 3 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Iran-Iraq War Literature (1980-1988)
convenor: Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, Leiden University
discussant: Rebecca Gould,

Faryaneh Fadaeiresketi , Heidelberg University

War and Nature: Descriptions of Nature and Landscape Imagery in Iran-Iraq War Poetry

Alireza Korangy , University of Virginia

Landscape and the Imaginary Mind in the Poetics of Iran-Iraq War

Saeedeh Shahnahpur , Leiden University

Female Martyrs in Esmāʻil Fasih’s Fictional Works

Mahnia Nematollahi Mahani , Binesh Institute for Persian Studies

Mystical Love in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)
Room 4 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Comparative Approaches to Modern Iran and Turkey
chair: Shahla Talebi, Arizona State University

Shahla Talebi , Arizona State University

Whose Dreams of Nationhood? Iranians and Turkish Television Dramas

sevil cakir kilincoglu , Leiden University

Women in the Radical Leftist Organizations in Iran and Turkey during the 1970s

Nasrollah Salehi , Assistant professor at Farhangian University

ترجمه از زبان ترکی عثمانی به فارسی در دورة ناصری

mahfarid mansoorian , Technical University of Berlin

Peaceful on the surface, conflictive inside: Struggle for reclaiming the neighbourhood in Tehran and Istanbul
Room 5 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Journalism and the Iranian Diaspora: Negotiating Global Civil Society
convenor: Babak Elahi,
discussant: Persis Karim, San Jose State

Babak Elahi , RIT

Conspiracy and Freedom: Diasporic Journalists in Iran

Nima Naghibi , Ryerson University

The Perils of Nostalgia and Return: Diasporic Journalists in Iran

Andrea Hickerson , Rochester Institute of Technology

Iranian Journalists in the Diaspora and Global Media Ethics

Persis Karim , San Jose State University

Diaspora Journalism in Iran: Representations and Repercussions
Room 6 04:00 pm05:30 pm
State and Society in Qajar Iran
chair: Hoorieh Saeidi , National Library and Archives of Iran

Hoorieh Saeidi , National Library and Archives of Iran ( NLAI)

فرمان هاي آقا محمد خان قاجار- وجوه مشترك و متمايز آن با ديگر فرمان هاي دوره قاجار

Solmaz Naraghi , Independent scholar

The Revolution and the Defloration: Mirzade Eshghi’s „Three Portraits of Maryam“

Haideh Sahim , Columbia University

Iran’s Religious Minorities in the 19th Century: Views from within and without (working title)

Abbas Zarei Mehrvarz , Assistant Professor

بررسی نقش کارگزاری امور خارجه در تحولات کردستان
Room 7 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Women, Gender and Literature
chair: Anna Heller,

Maryam Mameghanian-Prenzlow , Freie Universität Berlin

Gender constructions from Parsipur to Pirzad

Shaahin Pishbin , University of Oxford

Paradigms of Modern Literary Canonisation: Forugh Farrokhzad through the Lens of her Poetic Successors

Michelle Quay , University of Cambridge

Corporeality in the Lives of Female Awliya‘: From Sulami to Jami
Room 8 04:00 pm05:30 pm
7 Sides Of A Cylinder : A Film Screening And Roundtable Discussion On Representations Of ‎Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Part II
convenor: Haleh Anvari, Independent artist writer curator
discussant: Dr Saeed Zeydabadi- Nejad, SOAS

Haleh Anvari , Independent artist writer curator

Tehran’s Chattering Walls : An Everyday Reading of the wall writings and murals of post revolutionary Tehran

Dr. Pamela Karimi , N/A

Murals and the Media: Tourism, Voyeurism, and the Media Ecologies of Tehran’s Mural Arts
Room 9 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Tradition and Authority in Pre-Modern and Early Modern Persian Literature
chair / discussant: Paul E. Losensky, Indiana University

Ilse Sturkenboom , University Assistant in History of Islamic Art, University of Vienna

The Visual Aesthetics of the Persian Qaṣīda in Anthologies Produced for Iskandar b. ʿUmar Shaykh

Shahla Farghadani , Islamic Azad University, Islamshahr, Iran

Critical Remarks in Early Modern Tazkiras: Literary Criticism, Intertextual Dialogue, or a Mere Question of Taste?

Theodore Beers , University of Chicago

Reflections of the Persian ‘Canon’ in Tazkirahs of Poets

Alyssa Gabbay , University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Case of the Missing Holograph and Amir Khusraw’s Vasat al-Hayat: An Eclectic Approach as a Means of Establishing Authorial Intent

Sally Morrell Yntema , Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature, Indiana University

From Poet to King, to King of Poets: Responses to a Panegyric Ghazal by Hāfez
Room 10 04:00 pm05:30 pm
New Perspectives on Historical Ties Between Iran and India
chair: Alexander Jabbari, University of California, Irvine

Stephan Popp , Research fellow at the Institute of Iranian Studies (IFI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

An Elephant as an Order: Shah Jahan’s awards and the carreers of his officers

Mana Kia , Columbia University

Defining a Modern Persianate Self: The Indian Friend as Ethical Interlocutor in the late 19th-century

Kaveh Yazdani ,

From India to Persia – Parsi Development Aid and the Rise of Persia’s Zoroastrian Community (1853-1925)

Alexander Jabbari , University of California, Irvine

Indian Scholars in the Pahlavi Shah’s Court: The Impact of Urdu Scholarship on Iranian Literary Historiography
Room 11 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Print Media and Culture in Modern Iran

Houri Berberian , California State University, Long Beach

Revolutionary Ideas in Motion: “Little Age of Revolutions” and Print across Frontiers

Siamak Delzendeh , non-affiliated

Pictorial Shifts and Problematics of Defining Iranian Modernist Art (from the Qajar period to the Pahlavi era)

Ali Bozari , Assistant professor

تطبیق سبکشناسی سه نگاره از نسخۀ خطی هزار و یک شب با سه تصویر چاپ سنگی رموز حمزه به منظور شناسایی یکی از نقاشان نسخۀ خطی هزار و یک شب

Thursday, August 04, 2016

08:45 am – 10:15 am

Room 2 08:45 am10:15 am
Untimely Poiesis: Persian Poetics and the Making of Literary Modernity
convenor: Arshavez Mozafari, University of Toronto

Pranav Prakash , University of Iowa

Setting sail in Sipihrī’s Qāyiq: Emotions, Religious Sensibilities and Literary Modernity in Iran

Henry Bowles , Harvard University

Linguistic Realism or Literary ‘Modernity’? The Ontology of the Poetic from Sohravardî to Ṣâ’eb

Saharnaz Samaeinejad , University of Toronto

In the Cold, Quiet Dream of Phoenixes: Temporality and The Annihilation of the Absolute Subject in Furūgh Farrukhzād’s Poetry

08:45 am – 10:15 am

Room 1 08:45 am10:15 am
Public Health and Policy in Contemporary Iran
chair: Janne Bjerre Christensen, Danish Institute for International Studies

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani , Virginia Tech

Pills and Pens: the impact of rural family planning on literacy of rural women in Iran

Sachiko HOSOYA , Toho University

Ethical discussions on premarital / prenatal diagnosis: Case studies of the Thalassemia prevention programme in Iran

Janne Bjerre Christensen , Danish Institute for International Studies

In the name of drugs: Security, morality and contested (dis)engagements in Iran’s drug diplomacy with the EU
Room 3 08:45 am10:15 am
Histories of Urban Life: Society, Space and Cosmopolitan Tehran
convenor: Rasmus Christian Elling, University of Copenhagen
discussant: Houchang Chehabi, Boston University

Shireen Walton , University of Oxford

Virtual Cosmopolitans: Digital Dimensions of Urban Life Going On(line) in Tehran

roya KhoshnevissAnsari , Leiden University

Multicolored image of Tehran in ‘Underground Rap Music’

Golbarg Rekabtalaei , University of Toronto

Tehran or Farangistan: Visions of a Cosmopolitan City in the Early Twentieth Century

Lior Sternfeld , Penn State University

The Making of Cosmopolitan Tehran during WWII
Room 4 08:45 am10:15 am
Persian Capers: Foreign intelligence and spying in Iran in the 19th-20th centuries. Part I.
convenor: Elena Andreeva, Virgnia Military Institute
discussant: Mary Yoshinari, University of Toronto

Rowena Abdul Razak , St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Slick Intrigues: The British, the Tudeh Party and the 1946 Khuzistan Strikes

Nikolay Kozhanov , Carnegie Moscow Center

Between Soviet Scylla and British Charybdis: the Untold Story of the Abdication of Reza Shah

Firuza MELVILLE , Pembroke College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge

Brothers Willock against Brothers MacDonald and sisters Campbell

Viktor Magomedkhanov , Institute of Voronezh, Russian Federation

The Secret War in Iranian Kurdistan: Soviet intelligence against the Abwehr and SD
Room 5 08:45 am10:15 am
Technopolitics and the Urbanization of Nature in Iran
convenor: Mohammad Eskandari & Azam Khatam, York University & Clark University
discussant: Kaveh Ehsani, Depaul University

Mohammad Eskandari , Clark University

Fueling the Hydro-dream: Political Economy of Large Dams in Iran

Mohammad Salari , Iranian Sociology Association, urban group

The Impact of Legal and Political Shift Crisis on the Socio-Economic Structure of the ZayandeRud Valley

Sarah Karimi , Raha-Shar Institute for Urban Research

The Challenged History of Urbanization of Water in Tehran

Hesam Salamat , PHD candidate in economic sociology, university of Tehran

Commodification of Nature in “the North”: Historical Mechanisms and Socio-economic Implications
Room 6 08:45 am10:15 am
Sources for Qajar Imperial History
convenor: James M. Gustafson, Indiana State University

James M. Gustafson , Indiana State University

The Mi’rat al-Buldan Project: Geographical Knowledge and Networks of Power in Qajar Iran

Assef Ashraf , Yale University

On the Edge of Empire: Governing the Caucasus in Early Qajar Iran

Maryam Moazzen , University of Louisville

Jami’-e Nasiri, a Qajar Legal Compendium
Room 8 08:45 am10:15 am
Enduring and Contested Cultural Symbols
chair: Pardis Minuchehr, George Washington University

D Gershon Lewental , University of Oklahoma.

Under the banner of Iran: The Derafsh-e kāveyān as a changing emblem of Iranian identity from the Sāsānian era to the present

Pardis Minuchehr , George Washington University

The Persian Poetics of Creation (From Medieval to Modern Times)
Room 10 08:45 am10:15 am
New Directions in the Ethnographic Study of the Iranian Diaspora
convenor: Amy Malek, University of California, Los Angeles

Amy Malek , University of California, Los Angeles

Culture, Immigrant Activism, and Racial Formation Among Iranians in Sweden

Donya Alinejad , Amsterdam University College

Generating a new cultural politics: an ethnography of second-generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles

Behzad Sarmadi , Senior Phd Candidate, Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Toronto

Properties of Aspiration and Persons in Exile: Middle Class Iranians in Dubai
Room 11 08:45 am10:15 am
Book of Senses: Building Blocks of Sensory Reading of Persian Literature
convenor: Mehdi Kkhorrami, New York University
discussant: Michael Beard, University of North Dakota

Mehdi Khorrami , New York University

Scent of the Acacia: Sensory protagonists of Parviz Davai’s Fiction

Asghar Seyed-Ghorab , Leiden University

Senses of Love in Nezami Ganjavi’s Romantic Epics

Franklin Lewis , President, American Institute of Iranian StudiesFounder Adabiyat list: adabiyat@listhosts.uchicago.eduDeputy Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of ChicagoEditor, Middle East Series, Oneworld PublicationsFacebook blog: ; http://www.facebook.com/feeds/notes.php?id=1041909607&viewer=1041909607&key=e9f02d0a3e&

Toward a Poetics of Synethesia and a Tasteful Aesthetics: Gustatory and Tactile Imagery, Visual Poetics, and the Iconography of Musical Performance

Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili , University of Oxford

Bitter Conflict: Warfare and Sensory Overload in the Poetry of Simin Behbahani

08:45 am – 10:30 am

Room 9 08:45 am10:30 am
Minorities and Identity Formation in Iran: From the Achaemenids to the Islamic Republic Part I.
convenor: Pistor-Hatam, Anja, Kiel University
discussant: Brookshaw, Dominic, Oxford University

Anja Pistor-Hatam , Professor for Islamic Studies

Religious Minorities in the Islamic Republic and the ‘Right to have Rights’

Tim Greenwood , University of St Andrews

Suspicion, mistrust and misrepresentation: Armenia and Iran in Late Antiquity

08:45 am – 12:00 pm

Room 7 08:45 am12:00 pm
Roundtable: Screening and Discussion of „The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid“
convenor: Ali Mirsepassi, New York University

Mohamad Tavakol-Taraghi , University of Toronto

Fardid and the Politics of Intellectual History in Iran

Daryoush Ashouri , Independent Scholar, Paris

The Impossibility of Fardid’s Venture for Philosophical Explanation of Our Historical Situation

Abbas Amanat , Yale University

Fardid of All Seasons: Shades and Shadows

Ali Mirsepassi , New York University

The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid

Hamed Yousefi , Filmmaker and Cultural Critic, London

Fardid and Avant-Garde Art in Post-Revolutionary Iran

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Room 1 10:30 am12:00 pm
New Perspectives on Late Antique Iran and Iraq
convenor: Michael Pregill (sponsored by ILEX Foundation), Boston University
discussant: Khodadad Rezakhani, Freie Universität Berlin

Touraj Daryaee , University of California, Irvine

How the Sasanians Saw the Late Antique World: A Persianate View of the Interconnectedness of Eurasia

Isabel Toral-Niehoff , Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen

Al-Hira: An Arab Late Antique Metropolis in Sasanian Iraq

Shai Secunda , The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

East LA: Margin and Center in Late Antiquity Studies and the New Irano-Talmudica

Teresa Bernheimer , SOAS, University of London

The Revolt of Qatari b. al-Fuja’a (d. 79/698) and the Kharijite Revolts of Early Islamic Iran: Social Change between Late Antiquity and Early Islam
Room 2 10:30 am12:00 pm
Ethics, Politics, and the Court Literature: The Role of Ethical and Cultural Values in Linking Different Literary Genres, Political Domains, and Social Strata in Medieval Iran and Anatolia
convenor: Parisa Zahiremami, University of Toronto

Parisa Zahiremami , University of Toronto

Political Ethics in Sufi Poetry: Sanā’ī’s Ḥadīqat al-ḥaqīqah wa sharī‘at al-ṭarīqah as An Early Politico-Ethical Advice Manual

Nasrin Askari , University of British Columbia, University of Oxford

Elite Folktales: An Exquisite Sixteenth-Century Illustrated Kitāb-i Dāstān in the Ouseley Collection of the Bodleian Libraries

Louise Marlow , Wellesley College

The Biography and Wisdom of Buzurgmihr in Qazvīnī’s Tārīkh-i guzīdeh

Lale Javanshir , University of Toroto

The Turkish Translations of Qābūsnāmeh in Anatolia
Room 3 10:30 am12:00 pm
Tehran Noir Urbanism: Dark Visions of Life and Death in the Iranian Metropolis
convenor: Rasmus Christian Elling, University of Copenhagen
chair / discussant: Cyrus Schayegh, Princeton University

Rasmus Christian Elling , University of Copenhagen

From Tehrân-e Makhuf to Jangal-e Âsfâlt: Fear and Loathing in the Capital

Pedram Dibazar , University of Amsterdam

Ghostly streets of Tehran: The visual culture of the contemporary Iranian everyday street

Narges Ghandchi , Individual scholar – in a relative affiliation to the University of Copenhagen

Emotion and Commotion in the Representations of urban Apocalypse of Tehran. A study of emotional geographies in two contemporary novels

Summer Sutton , American University in Dubai

Open Source Representations of a Dystopic Tehran
Room 4 10:30 am12:00 pm
Persian Capers: Foreign intelligence and spying in Iran in the 19th-20th centuries. Part II.
convenor: Elena Andreeva, Virgnia Military Institute
chair: Firuza Melville, Cambridge
discussant: Ali Ansari, St. Andrews University

Elena Andreeva , Virginia Military Institute

Gevork Vartanian and Tehran-43: What do we know about the legendary Soviet spy?

Denis Volkov , https://manchester.academia.edu/DenisVolkovhttp://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=tab_pro

Carpetbagger, Russian Spy or Simply Pursuing His Own Agenda? ‘Bloody Shapshal’ at the Qajar Court

Nugzar Ter- Oganov , The Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University

Who are you, Haji-Murat Muguev?

Lana (Svetlana) Ravandi-Fadai , Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

Multiple Identities: Female Agents in Iran in the 1930s and 40s
Room 5 10:30 am12:00 pm
Civic and Sacred Space in Iran
chair: Lorenz Korn, University of Bamberg

Lorenz Korn , University of Bamberg (Germany), full professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology

Interior space design and proportioning in the architecture of Iranian dome chambers of the Saljuq period

John Dechant , Recent Ph.D. graduate from Indiana University

The Imamzada Shrines of Iran: A Statistical Analysis

Ali Mozaffari , Curtin University

Shushtar No’w: Urban image and fabrication of place in an Iranian New Town, and its relation to the international discourse on Regionalism
Room 6 10:30 am12:00 pm
New Perspectives on Safavid Iran
chair: Sholeh Quinn, University of California, Merced

Mahroo Moosavi , PhD Candidate, The University of Sydney

Building Existence: Redefining Realities in Safavid Persia

Walter Posch , Natioanl Defense Academy

Queen of the Caucasus – Parikhan Khanum I and her three husbands

Ferenc Csirkes , The University of Chicago, Tuebingen University

Between Turkic and Persian: Sadiqi Beg and Literary Practices in Safavid Iran

Mohsen Bahram Nezhad , Associate Professor,Department of History, Imam Khomeini International University(IKIU), Qazvin, Iran

The importance and necessity of investigating the Ekhvani documents in understanding historical events of Safavid era
Room 8 10:30 am12:00 pm
Border Stories: Connectivity and Remoteness across Khurasan (19th – early 20th Century)
convenor: Paolo Sartori, Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
discussant: Prof. Bert Fragner, Institute of Iranian Studies

Paolo Sartori , Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

Remoteness from Connectivity: The Transcaspian Railway and the Marginalization of Khorezm

Christine Noelle-Karimi , Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

On the Edge: Eastern Khurasan in the Perception of Qajar Officials

Ulfatbek Abdurasulov , Institute for Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Taking Stock of the Turkmens: The Many Forms of Khivan Sovereignty
Room 9 10:30 am12:00 pm
Minorities and Identity Formation in Iran: From the Achaemenids to the Islamic Republic Part II
convenor: Pistor-Hatam, Anja, Kiel University

Josef Wiesehoefer , University Professor of Ancient History with a special research focus o the history and culture of Pre-Islamic Iran

Greek Exiles in the Achaemenid Empire: A Case of Divided Loyalities?

Houchang Chehabi , Boston University

Jews in Official Biographies of Shiite Clerics in Iran

Arash Guitoo , PhD Candidate: Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel

Making the others invisible: The IRI and its undesirable minorities

Ali Ansari , University of St. Andrews

Iran and its Turkish Question.

Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi , University of Toronto

The Cyrus Cylinder and the Rights Question
Room 10 10:30 am12:00 pm
Iran and India in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries: Social, Cultural, and Political Connections
convenor: Afshin Marashi, University of Oklahoma
chair / discussant: Kamran Aghaie, University of Texas at Austin

Afshin Marashi , University of Oklahoma

„Sword of Freedom“: Abdulrahman Saif Azad and Interwar Iranian Nationalism

Ali Karjoo-Ravary , University of Pennsylvania

Reading Outside the Lines: Literary Exchanges between Iran and India in the 19th Century

Talinn Grigor , Brandeis University

Reveil de l’Iran: Freemasonry and Artistic Revivalism from Parsi Bombay to Qajar Tehran

Farzin Vejdani , Ryerson University

The Iranian Migrant Poor, Teahouses, and Urban Culture in Bombay, 1870-1920

12:30 pm – 02:00 pm

Special Session 12:30 pm02:00 pm
Iran and Oil

02:15 pm – 03:45 pm

Room 1 02:15 pm03:45 pm
The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics
convenor: Anousha Sedighi, Portland State University
discussant: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, McGill University

Anousha Sedighi , Portland State University

Persian as a Heritage Language

Pouneh Shabani Jadidi , McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies

Persian Psycholinguistics

Pollet Samvelian , Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

Specific Features of the Persian Syntax : The Ezāfe Construction, Differential Object Marking, Complex Predicates
Room 2 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Roundtable: Iranian Literary Modernity as a Guiding Paradigm
convenor: Arshavez Mozafari, University of Toronto

jairan gahan , University of Toronto

Affective Narrativization and Modern Forms of Charity: Literature on the Red-light District of Tehran (1920s-1970s)

Hamid Razaei Yazdi , University of Toronto

The Hikāyat of Modernity: Re-periodizing modern Iranian literature

Parisa Vaziri , UCI

Racialized Modernity and the Anthropology of Winds: Nasser Taghvai’s Bad-e Jinn

Milad Odabaei , University of California, Berkeley

Translation and Cultural Regeneration
Room 3 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Gender and Urban Space in Tehran
convenor: Rasmus Christian Elling, University of Copenhagen
chair: Rasmus Christian Elling,
discussant: TBA,

jairan gahan , University of Toronto

Plateaus of Morality: Sex-work in Tehran, 1921-1979

Alexander Shams , PhD., Anthropology, University of Chicago

Heterosexualizing Tehran

Masserat Amirebrahimi , Independent Researcher

Women’s experiences of Public spaces in Tehran, a generational perspective

Leila Pourtavaf , Univesrity of Toronto

Inside Out: Locating the Golestan Harem in the City Center During Nasser al-Din Shah’s Reign

Ahmadreza Hakiminejad , Dept of Built Environment, University of West London

Women Versus Cities: the Masculinity of Urban Space in Traditional and Modern Iran
Room 4 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Western Diplomatic Perspectives on Modern Iran
convenor: Camron Amin,
chair: Amir Irani-Tehrani, United States Military Academy (West Point)

Mark Gasiorowski , Tulane University

US Perceptions of the Communist Threat in Iran, 1941-1954

Sibylle Wentker , Institute of Iranian Studies; Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

Information and Knowledge – a way of understanding Iran: Austrian residence reports
Room 5 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Philosophy and Theology in the First Ṣafavid Centuries
convenor: Jari Kaukua, University of Jyväskylä / Academy of Finland

Sajjad Rizvi , Intellectual historian interested primarily in Safavid and Mughal philosophy.

Philosophy as Religion: Mullā Ṣadrā on the Concept of dīn

Jari Kaukua , Expert in Avicennian and post-Avicennian philosophy and theology (eleventh-sixteenth century CE)

The Problem of Falsity in Mullā Ṣadrā’s Theory of Knowledge

Sayeh Meisami , University of Toronto/University of Dayton

The Power of Synthetic Discourse: Epistemology and Authority in Mullā Ṣadrā’s Philosophy
Room 6 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Labor in Iranian Studies, Panel I: Trends in Modern History and Historiography
convenor: Peyman Jafari, Leiden University
chair: Afshin Matin-Asgari, California State University
discussant: Ervand Abrahamian, Bauch College, CUNY

Mohammad Maljoo , independent researcher

The Unmaking of the Iranian Working Class since 1990

Kaveh Ehsani , DePaul University

Making Oil Workers Invisible:

Touraj Atabaki , International Institute of Social History

Chronicle of a Strike Foretold, Abadan 1946: A critique of historiography from above

Roksana Bahramitash , University of Montreal

Room 7 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Public Space and Modern Iranian Society

Ashkan Rezvani Naraghi , University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

The Transformation of Social Life and Public Spaces in Tehran, 1850 to 1950

Manata Hashemi , University of Oklahoma

The Pursuit of Face by Low-Income Youth in Iran

samar saremi , University of Montreal

Governing place of refuge: A boulevard around the Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad-Iran (1912-1935)
Room 8 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Iran, the Ottoman Empire, and the West: Sectarian divide, Borderlands, and Diplomacy
convenor: fariba zarinebaf, University of California-Riverside
discussant: Ali Gheissari, University of San Diego

fariba zarinebaf , UC-Riverside

Azerbaijan between two Empires: Ottoman Administration of a Borderland Province

başak kilerci , DPhil student

Legal Situation of the Iranians in the Ottoman Empire within the Context of Nasir al-Din Shah’s Istanbul Visit (1873)

Sabri Ates , Southern Methodist University


Rudi Matthee , University of Delaware

Safavid Iran and the “Turkish Question,” or How to Avoid a War on Two Fronts
Room 9 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Culture in Post-Timurid Iran
chair: Raya Shani,

Chad Lingwood , Grand Valley State University

Persian Ghazals in White Sheep Tabriz: The Amatory Poetry of Two Āq Qoyūnlū Statesmen from Sāva

Yusen Yu , University of Heidelberg, Germany

Brushwork in Persianate Painting of Fifteenth Century: Its relation to China

August Samie , The University of Chicago

Banāʾī’s Shaybānīnāma: A Post-Timurid Source
Room 10 02:15 pm03:45 pm
New Perspectives on the Iranian Diaspora
chair: Sonja Moghaddari, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Navid Fozii , Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Emergent Pluralism in a Fragmented and Polarized Diaspora: Politics of Iranian Diasporic Identity Formation in Malaysia

Sonja Moghaddari , Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Juggling resources. Within group relations and social mobility among Iranian migrants in Hamburg

Torang Asadi , Duke University

Religious Innovation in the Iranian Diaspora in Northern California

Nader Vahabi , Docteur in sociology,

The migratory dynamics of the Iranian diaspora since the 1979 revolution

Pari Namazie , The Simorgh – non-profit (www.thewimorgh.com)

The Impact and Relevance of the Iranian Diaspora in Europe
Room 11 02:15 pm03:45 pm
Praise of the Patron, the Palace, and the City: Form and Function in Topical Persian Panegyrics
convenor / discussant: Justine Landau, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Harvard

Paul E Losensky , Indiana University

The Palace as Locus and Emanation of Royal Virtue in the Sāqi-nāma of Ẓuhūrī Turshīzī

Dominic Brookshaw , University of Oxford

Performing Kingship: structure, function, and presentification in the Injuid and Muzaffarid qasida

Sunil Sharma , Boston University

Built to Last: Amir Khusraw Dehlavi’s Praise for Delhi and Its Monuments

Domenico Ingenito , University of California, Los Angeles

‚Tabriz, the soul of the world, overshadows all Maraghes’: Salmān Sāveji and the revival of the qaside under the Jalāyerids

04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

Room 1 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Protest and Dissidence in Contemporary Iran

paola rivetti , Dublin City University

Killing us will only make us stronger. Protest cycles, authoritarian resilience and the ‘government of dissent’ in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Laudan Nooshin , City University London

‘Happiness is our People’s Right’: Happy in Tehran and the Contesting of Social Boundaries‘

Nargess Tavassolian , I hold a PhD in law from SOAS, University of London

The Quest for Freedom of Thought and Expression in Post-1979 Iran: A Comparative Study of Iranian, Islamic and International Human Rights Law
Room 2 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Masculinity, Patriarchy and Gender in Persian Literature

Alireza Shomali , Wheaton College

Natural Inequality of Men; the idea and its implication in Perso-Islamic thought

Nahid Tavassol , NAFeH Magazine

A Ston on the Grave of Patriarchy

Nacim Pak-Shiraz , University of Edinburgh

Shooting the Isolation and Marginality of Masculinities in Iran
Room 3 04:00 pm05:30 pm
The Reception of Modern „Western Philosophy“ and Methods of Philosophical Comparison in Iran
convenor: Roman Seidel, Freie Universität Berlin

Ali Gheissari , University of San Diego

„Reception of Continental Philosophy in Iran“

Hussein Banai , Indiana University

Uneven Reception of Analytic Philosophy in Iran

Ali Paya , Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster; Islamic College for Advanced Studies (London)

Introducing Critical Rationalism to the Iranian Public: An Account of a Personal Intellectual Journey

Roman Seidel , Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Apologetic Comparision and Alternative Designs. Methodological Considerations on Contemporary Philosophical Discourse in Iran
Room 4 04:00 pm05:30 pm
„Peace Corps Volunteers in Iran: Witnesses to the 1960s“
convenor: Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi, California State University, Fullerton

Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi , California State University, Fullerton

“The Peace Corps in Iran: A Case Study of US-Iran Relations in the 1960s”

Thomas . Ricks , I am a cultural and social historian of early modern and modern Iran, the Persian Gulf and Palestine with specific interests in schools, literati, merchants and rural peoples.

Kurdish Peasantry and Persian Sepah-e Danesh Unrest in West Azerbayjan

Mary Elaine Hegland , Santa Clara University

From Agriculture to Urban Real Estate: A 21st Century Perspective on the 1962 Aliabad Land Reform

John Lorentz , Associate Provost for International Education and Professor of History Emeritus, Shawnee State University

The Early Years of the Peace Corps in Iran(1962-64): A Volunteer’s Perspective
Room 5 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Orientalism and Occidentalism in Iranian Culture
chair: Anahita Arian, University of Groningen

Nahid Pirnazar , UCLA lecturer

Simantov Melamed, The Judeo Persian Writer and Poet

Anahita Arian , University of Groningen

The Politics of Identification and Alternative Forms of Self-Other Relations: The Travelogue of Muhammad Ibrahim and His Journey to Siam in the 17th Century

Dariush Rahmanian , Assistant Professor of History, University of Tehran

ذبیح بهروز و ضد شرق‌شناسی
Room 6 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Labor in Iranian Studies, Panel II: Life of Labor, Everyday Life, Workplace and Activism
convenor: Peyman Jafari, Leiden University
chair: Valentine M. Moghadam, Northeastern University
discussant: Asef Bayat, University of Illinois

Norma Claire Moruzzi , University of Illinois at Chicago

Valuing Women’s Work and Women’s Labor: Employment, Households, and Social Relations

Maral Jefroudi , N/A

Iranian Oil Workers’ “silent struggle” of 1960s

Serhan Afacan , N/A

Iranian craft industries in the age of factorization: large-scale industrialization and small-scale industries in Isfahan during the 1930s

Peyman Jafari , Leiden University

Living and Working in Times of War: Iranian Oil Workers in the 1980s
Room 7 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Spaces of Development: Urban Planning, Architecture and Change
convenor: Rasmus Christian Elling, University of Copenhagen
discussant: Talinn Grigor, Brandeis University

Pamela Karimi , University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Perfecting Life in the Islamic Republic: Tourism and the Construction of New Resorts and ‎Gated Communities in the Caspian Region

Azadeh Mashayekhi , Researcher

Urban Transformation and modernization of Tehran after the Islamic Revolution

Rana Habibi , University of Leuven

Tehran Modern Middle-Class Housing Morphology and International Inspirations

Faegheh Shirazi , The University of Texas at Austin

Halal and Religious Tourism Development in Mashhad, Iran
Room 8 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Iranian and Russian Borderlands
chair: George Bournoutian,

George Bournoutian , Iona College, New York

The Russian surveys of 1819, 1820, and 1828-1832 as primary sources for the demography and economy of the Iranian khanates of Shirvan, Sheki, and Nakhichevan in the last years of Qajar Rule

fatemeh Masjedi , Free Berlin University

Tabriz during the First World War

Kevin Gledhill , Yale University, History

The Russian Trading Settlement at Astarabad (1781-1782) and Early Qajar Interaction with the Caspian Trade

George Sanikidze , Ilia State University

In the Search of the Lost Kingdom: Activities of Georgian Princes during 1804-1813 Russo-Persian War
Room 9 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Art and Culture in Safavid Iran
chair: Maryam Sabbaghi,

Barry Wood , Bogaziçi University, Istanbul

Visualizing the imagined past: Three late-Safavid illustrated histories of Shah Isma’il

Sarah Kiyanrad , University of Heidelberg

Between the Lines – Bibliomancy in Ṣafavīd Iran

Hani Khafipour , University of Southern California

Patronage, Gratitude, and the Mantle of Authority in Safavid Iran

Naciem Nikkhah , University of Cambridge

Muraqqa‘-i 1633: A Case Study of Text and Image Relationship in Safavid Paintings
Room 10 04:00 pm05:30 pm
Hedayat Came, Saw and Conquered India
convenor: SYED AKHTAR HUSAIN, Jawaharlal Nehru University
chair: Marta Simidchieva, York University, Toronto

Syed Akhtar Husain , Jawaharlal Nehru University

Hedayat in Harmony with the Savants of Indo Persian Literature

Nadeem Akhtar , Jawaharlal Nehru University

Indian Motifs in the Works of Hedayat

Marta Simidchieva , York University, Toronto

India–reflected and refracted–in Hedayat’s The Blind Owl

Md Arshadul Quadri , Jawaharlal Nehru University

Reception of Sadegh Hedayat in India
Room 11 04:00 pm05:30 pm
War and Gender in the Islamic Republic of Iran
convenor: Camron Amin,

Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh , I teach the histories of Modern Middle East and Islamic World. My research focuses on the role of Shi’ite ulama in Iran during the Constitutional Revolution of 1906-11. Syracuse University Pressed published my monograph titled: „The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani“ in March 2015.

Women in the Iran-Iraq War, (1980-1988)

Shahrzad Mojab , University of Toronto

Framing of War: State, Gender, Ideology and the Archive of Iran-Iraq War

Friday, August 05, 2016

08:45 am – 10:15 am

Room 8 08:45 am10:15 am
Iran’s Cultural Borderlands
convenor: Eric Massie, University of California, Santa Barbara
discussant: Janet Afary, University of California, Santa Barbara

Sergey Saluschev , University of California, Santa Barbara

From Russia with Tea: The Journey of the Russian Samovar into the Iranian Tea-Drinking Culture & National Identity

Derek J Mancini-Lander , SOAS, University of London

When the Levee Breaks: overflowing Shushtar’s boundaries in the writings of the Nuri sayyid family, 1678 to 1831 C.E.

Eric Massie , University of California, Santa Barbara

Returning Persia to the Persian Gulf: Iran’s South and the Persian Gulf Slave Trade in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Elham Malekzadeh , Research Center for Humanities and Cultural Studies

The Role of Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union in the Iranian Famine of the First World War I

08:45 am – 10:15 am

Room 1 08:45 am10:15 am
Persian Beyond Persia
convenor: Syed Md Kazim, Jawaharlal Nehru University
chair: Syed Akhtar Husain, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Syed Md Kazim , Jawaharlal Nehru University

Rustam and Sohrab and Sohrab and Rustam: A Comparative Study

Nahid Morshedlou , Jawaharlal Nehru University

Amir Khosrow the Father of Indo-Persian literature

Golam Moinuddin , Jawaharlal Nehru University

Poet Begets Poet: Ghalib and Iqbal A Case in Point

Ramzan Ahmed , Jawaharlal Nehru University

Reception of Hafez in the Works of Azad

Zeyaul Haque , Jawaharlal Nehru University

Capital Punishment in Indo-Islamic Advice Literature: Ideas and Practice
Room 2 08:45 am10:15 am
Negotiating Translatability in Persianate Literary Culture
convenor: Aria Fani, University of California, Berkeley
discussant: Nasrin Rahimieh , University of California, Irvine

Aria Fani , University of California, Berkeley

Silent Conversations with Literary History Re-theorizing Modernism in the Poetry of Bizhan Jalâli

Jane Mikkelson , University of Chicago

Translation at the Confluence of Two Worlds: The Realignment of Islamic and Hindu Monotheisms in Dārā Shokūh’s Majmaʿ ol-baḥrayn

Samad Alavi , University of Washington, Seattle

Ordinary Renditions: Iranian Prison Memoirs in the Global Market

Milad Odabaei , University of California, Berkeley

History and Politics in Translation: Mirza Saleh Shirazi’s Safarnameh
Room 3 08:45 am10:15 am
New Perspectives on Afghanistan and the Durranis
chair: Camron Michael Amin, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Kaveh Niazi , Independent Scholar

Tuḥfat al-ʻulamā’: Early Print Propaganda from Afghanistan

Sajjad Nejatie , University of Toronto – Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

The Patrimonial-Bureaucratic Empire of the Durrānīs: Questioning Assumptions About the Ancestral Foundations of Modern Afghanistan
Room 5 08:45 am10:15 am
Studying War Torn Iran: The Effects of the Iran-Iraq War
convenor: Shaherzad Ahmadi, University of Texas at Austin
chair: Nasrin Rahimieh, University of California, Irvine

Shaherzad Ahmadi , PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

The “Persians” of Iraq: Exile and Diaspora in the Iran-Iraq War

Ciruce Movahedi-Lankarani , University of Pennsylvania

Military Technology and the Iran-Iraq War: Internalizing Iranian Victimhood

Liora Hendelman-Baavur , Senior Research Associate at the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University

Digitalized Martyrs: Online Commemoration of the „Imposed War“

Laura Fish , University of Texas at Austin

Life After Death: FilmFarsi and Technological Revitalization
Room 6 08:45 am10:15 am
Shi’i Eschatologies across the Millennium: 900-1900
convenor: Alessandro Cancian, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Alessandro Cancian , The Institute of Ismaili Studies

End of the time and mystical experience: eschatology and the hidden Imām in early modern Shiʿi Sufi Exegesis

Elizabeth Alexandrin , University of Manitoba

Breaking Open the Seal: Saʿd al-Din Hamuye’s Messianism and the Endtime

Daryoush Mohammad Poor , Institute of Ismaili Studies

Resurrection within resurrection: a multi-layered narrative of qiyāma among Nizārī Ismailis

Dr. Miklos Sarkozy , The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Neighbours in reality, neighbours in eschatology – ethnic groups and their representations in the Dīwān‐i Qā’imiyyāt

Khalil Andani , PhD candidate – Islamic Studies, Harvard University; Master of Theological Studies 2014, Harvard University

Spiritual Apocalypse: The Qa’im al-qiyama in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw
Room 7 08:45 am10:15 am
State Policy and Dissent in 20th Century Iran
chair: Siavush Randjbar-Daemi, University of Manchester

Ali Banuazizi , Boston College

Shahrokh Meskoob and the Predicaments of Intellectuals in Politics

Emily Blout , University of St. Andrews, Institute for Iranian Studies

Birth of the Iranian Mass Communications Monopoly: 1958 to 1980

Siavush Randjbar-Daemi , University of Manchester

Reform, Delusion and Dissent: The Life and Times of Ayandegan, 1967-1979
Room 8 08:45 am10:15 am
Iranian Cinema in the World and At Home
chair: Michelle Langford, University of New South Wales

Maryam Ghorbankarimi , University of St. Andrews

The Notion of ‘trans/national’ in Iranian cinema

Claire Cooley , The University of Texas at Austin

Microphones, Studios, and Soundtracks: The coming of sound to Iranian cinema

Michelle Langford , University of New South Wales

Sohrab Shahid Saless – An Iranian Filmmaker in Berlin
Room 9 08:45 am10:15 am
Persian Art across Central Europe from the Mongols to World War II
convenor: Iván Szántó, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Iranian Studies / Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Iranian Studies

Yuka Kadoi , Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Arthur Upham Pope and Persian Art in Interwar Central Europe

Juliane von Fircks , art historian, specialist of European Sculpture and Asian and European Textiles in the Middle Ages

Mongol invasion and collective memory in Central Europe – the chasuble of Saint Hedwig in Hall (Tirol)

Zehra Tonbul , Bogazici University

Parallel Odysseys of Ernst Herzfeld and Ernst Diez

Joachim Gierlichs , Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar

Katharina Otto-Dorn and her view on Persian (Seljuk) Art in Anatolia and Persia
Room 10 08:45 am10:15 am
Women in 19th Century Iran
chair / discussant: Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani,

Ashkan Rezvani Naraghi , University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Women’s Havens in the Patriarchal Landscape: The Feminine Social Life in the 19th Century Tehran

Mahbube Moqadam , PhD student in Middle East Technical University

Genealogy of a new identity of Iranian Women in late Qajar Era

Joanna de Groot , University of York UK

Working for the home and the world: towards a re-evaluation of gender, labour, and culture in nineteenth century Iran

08:45 am – 10:15 pm

Room 4 08:45 am10:15 pm
Global Influences on Iranian Religious Doctrine and Practice
chair: Sergio Moya, University of Costa Rica

Meir Litvak , Tel Aviv University

Iranian Shiʻi Responses to the Salafi-Jihadi Challenge: from Rapprochement to Takfir

Sergio Moya , University of Costa Rica

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the processes for promoting Shia Islam in Latin America

Mirjam Kuenkler , University of Göttingen

From the Human Reading of Religion to the Prophetic Reading of the World: Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari’s Hermeneutic Turn

Arash Sarkohi , FU Berlin

Religious reformists in Iran from a theoretical view

Oliver Scharbrodt , University of Chester

Khomeini and Muhammad Shirazi (1928-2001): From velāyat-e faqīh to shawrā-ye foqahā’
Room 11 08:45 am10:15 pm
Revolution and Society in Modern Iran
chair: Mansoor Moaddel, University of Maryland – College Park

Kara Abdolmaleki , University of Alberta

The Idea of ‚A Return to Self‘ in Post-coup Iran: A Fresh Look.

Vahid Tolooei , University of Toronto

Rewriting the History of Sociological Imagination in Iran

Mansoor Moaddel , University of Maryland – College Park

Reflections on Two Revolutions: The Constitutional Revolution of 1906 versus the Revolution of 1979

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Room 1 10:30 am12:00 pm
Beyond Azerbaijan: Rethinking the Origins of the Cold War in Iran
convenor: Alexander Nicholas Shaw, University of Leeds

Alexander Shaw , University of Leeds

Perfidious Albion? Britain, the United States and Triangular Diplomacy with the Qavam Government in Iran, 1946-47

Gregory Brew , Georgetown University

Pulling the “Open Door” With Two Hands: American Oil Companies, the Iranian Oil Concession and the 1946 Azerbaijani Crisis

Dmitry Asinovskiy , European University at St Petersburg

The Mahabad Republic: Soviet puppet or the result of a genuine national movement?

Mattin Biglari , SOAS

Cosmopolitan Nationalism and the Tudeh Party during the 1946 Khuzestan General Strike
Room 2 10:30 am12:00 pm
The Indo-Persian Translation Movement: A Multi-faceted Phenomenon of Cultural Transmission and Adaptation
convenor: Orthmann, Eva, Bonn University

Eva Orthmann , Bonn University

The Persian Translation of Varāhamihira’s Bṛhat Saṁhita

Arthur Dudney , Oxford University (Cambridge University from Sept 2015)

Late Eighteenth Century Persian Language Education and the Pull of the Vernacular

Soraya Khodamoradi , University of Bonn

Adaptation of Indian Mysticism in Persian Sufi Text of Rushd-Nāma of ‘Abd al-Quddūs Gāngohī (d. 1537)

Anna Martin , Philipps-Universität Marburg

Persianization of Indic Narratives
Room 3 10:30 am12:00 pm
Reimagining the Iranian Past
chair: Dr. Katja Foellmer,

Daniel Beckman , University of California, Los Angeles

The Death of Cyrus the Great

Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan , Yale University, Department of Art History

The liminal figure of the angel in the national imagination of early 1900s in Iran

Kaveh Bassiri , University of Arkansas

Rewriting the Past: Exploring Innovations in Postmodern Persian Poetry

Dr. Katja Foellmer , Institute of Iranian Studies at Goettingen University, Germany

Reframing the Religious in the Iranian Enlightenment Period
Room 4 10:30 am12:00 pm
Iran’s Impact on Regional Economics and Politics
chair: Arang Keshavarzian, New York University

Nina Mazhjoo , PhD student in Concordia University

Breaking a Metanarrative in Mithraic Studies: A Transmission From Colonial to Post-colonial Approaches

Laleh Gomari-Luksch , University of St. Andrews and University of Tübingen

Beyond Sovereignty: The Iran-Saudi Arabia Cold War in the Middle East

Arang Keshavarzian , New York University

Beyond „Persian Gulf Security“: Narrating Anational, Transnational, and International Spaces in the Long Twentieth Century

Robabeh Motaghedi , National Library and Archives of I.R of Iran

The Impact of the Oil Industry on Changing of the Subaltern Social Life in Southern Iranian Oil Fields.
Room 5 10:30 am12:00 pm
Achaemenid texts and contexts: syntax, stylistics and text linguistics
convenor: Velizar Sadovski, Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences
discussant: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt, emer. Prof., University of Saarbrücken

Velizar Sadovski , Old Iranian languages and Comparative Indo-Iranian Linguistics

Between Syntax, Phraseology and Word Formation

adriano rossi , L’Orientale University, Naples, Italy

(together with Ela Filippone) The strategy of the list in the textual organization of the Royal Achaemenid Inscriptions

Ela Filippone , Tuscia University (Viterbo)


Maria Carmela Benvenuto , Sapienza University of Rome

Constructional approach to Old Persian argument structure
Room 6 10:30 am12:00 pm
The margins of the Islamic Republic: an interdisciplinary quest
convenor: Maziyar Ghiabi, University of Oxford (St Antony’s College)

Maziyar Ghiabi , University of Oxford

The Medical Republic of Iran: pathology, crisis and the management of the margins

Mitra Asfari , Paris V, René Descartes University. Centre d’Anthropologie Culturelle

An integrated group of strangers called Gorbat

Kevan Harris , UCLA

Capital at the Margins: Logics of Investment Across Iran’s Private and Semi-Public Sectors
Room 7 10:30 am12:00 pm
From African Slavery to American Immigration: Race and Racial Constructs in the Iranian Context, 1850-present
convenor: Beeta Baghoolizadeh, University of Pennsylvania
chair: Reza Zia-Ebrahimi , King’s College London
discussant: Reza Zia-Ebrahimi, King’s College London

Beeta Baghoolizadeh , University of Pennsylvania

White, Black, and Iranians in Between: the Racial Language of Difference, 1872-1941

Neda Maghbouleh , University of Toronto

Off-White: Iranian-Americans and Race from 1950-present

Parisa Vaziri , UCI

Racialized Modernity and the Anthropology of Winds: Nasser Taghvai’s Bad-e Jinn

Mira Xenia Schwerda , Harvard University

Seen and Unseen. Depictions of Africans in Qajar Art and Visual Culture
Room 8 10:30 am12:00 pm
Research on Persian Language Pedagogy
chair: Anousha Sedighi,

Saera Kwak , Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Grammatical errors in Persian by Korean learners

Peyman Nojoumian , PhD Linguistics, University of Ottawa, 2011MSc Speech and Language Technology, KULeuven, 2002MA Teaching Persian as a Foreign Language, Allameh Tabatabai, 1997

Developing Online Resources for Persian Language Learners, Challenges and Solutions

Ladan Hamedani , University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Teaching Persian to Both Heritage and Foreign Language Learners

Ali Abasi , Dr. Ali R. Abasi is an associate professor of Persian and his primary research interest is second language writing. Some of his most recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Second Language Writing, Journal of Language and Politics, English for Specific Purposes, and Journal of English for Academic Purposes.


Nahal Akbari , University of Maryland, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Rhetorical Patterns in Persian Professioanl Communications and Business Letters: Implications for Teaching Persian Writing and Intercultural Communication
Room 9 10:30 am12:00 pm
Mirzā ʿAli-Qoli Khoʾi The Master Illustrator of Lithographed Books in the Qajar Period
convenor: Ulrich Marzolph, Academy of Scienes, Göttingen, Germany

Ali Boozari , Art universit, Tehran

Mirzā ʿAli-Qoli Khoʾi’s Illustrations to Jouhari’s Ṭufān al-bokā and Other Books of the “rowże-khāni” Genre

Ulrich Marzolph , Academy of Sciences, Göttingen, Germany

Mirzā ʿAli-Qoli Khoʾi The Master Illustrator of Lithographed Books in the Qajar Period

Mahbobe Ghods , Columbia University, New York NY, USA

Changing Times and the Time for Change: The Influence and Contribution of Mirzā ʿAli-Qoli Khoʾi to Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art

Roxana Zenhari , Post.doc researcher in Georg Agust University

“Irregular” Illustrations: Mirzā ʿAli-Qoli Khoʾi’s visual representation of Saʿdi’s poems
Room 10 10:30 am12:00 pm
State Policy and Culture in the Islamic Republic
chair: Azadeh Ganjeh, Bern University

Haleh Anvari , N/A

Artist Presentation – The Walls of Tehran

Laudan Nooshin , BA Music (Leeds)MMus Ethnomusicology (London)PhD Ethnomusicology (London)

‘Happiness is our People’s Right’: Happy in Tehran and the Contesting of Social Boundaries‘

Azadeh Ganjeh , Institute for theatre studies , Bern University

Danish Pastry or Gole Mohammadi? ; Effects of state policies on Hamlet performances in Iran.


Beyond the Shari’a: „White Marriages“ in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Room 11 10:30 am12:00 pm
Gendered Counternarratives of Representation in Qajar Society
convenor: Staci Gem Scheiwiller, California State University, Stanislaus
chair / discussant: Ilse Sturkenboom, University of Vienna

Negar Habibi , Aix-Marseille University (alumna)

Female Artistic Patronage in Pre-Modern Iran (1666-1785)

Elika Palenzona-Djalili , Asia and Europe Graduate College, University of Zurich

A Relational Understanding of Gendered Beauty in Early Qajar Painting

12:10 pm – 02:00 pm

Special Session 12:10 pm02:00 pm
Obstacles to Development of Social Sciences and Humanities in Iran
convenor: Nayereh Tohidi & Ata Hoodashtian,
chair: Touraj Atabaki, International Institute of Social History

Hassan Yousefi Eshkevari , Independent Scholar

Is Islamic Science Possible?

Nayereh Tohidi , Professor, California State University, Northridge, USA

Women’s Studies in Iran’s Universities: A Display of the Paradox of Islamic Republic

Ata Hoodashtian , Umef University, Switzerland

Human Science, Critical Thought, and Iran

Saeed Paivandi , University of Lorraine

The Meaning and Trajectory of Islamization of the Humanities in Iran

Mohammad-Reza Nikfar , Independent Scholar, Germany

On Fortunate and Unfortunate Aspects of Social Sciences and Humanities in Iran

Sadegh Zibakalam , University of Tehran, Iran

Some First-Hand Experiences and Observations on Challenges Facing Social Sciences in Iran