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Past Talks

Scott McDonough: "We Shall Come to You in a Manner More Befitting a King": The Royal Succession in Sasanian Iran

Narges Bajoghli: "Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic"

Wed, Oct 16, 2019, 6:00 pm

We invite you to join us for an inside look at what it means to be pro-regime in Iran and the debates around the future of the Islamic Republic.

Location: Labyrinth Books Princeton
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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Lior Sternfeld: "Iranian Jews in the Twentieth-Century: Between Iranian Nationalism, Communism, and Zionism"

Tue, Sep 24, 2019, 12:20 pm to 1:20 pm

Please note that due to scheduling conflicts, this talk will start at 12:20 PM.

Location: Aaron Burr 219
Audience: RSVP Required, Free, Open to the Public
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A Sensory Reading of Generational Memory in Iran

Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm

This lecture focuses on youth who self identify as daheh-ye shasta-ha or “the 1980s generation” in Iran, and who performatively remember, enact, mobilise, and embody specific cultural and linguistic references in order to reconstruct their collective and individual memories of the 1980s.

Location: Aaron  Burr 219
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The Swedish-led Gendarmerie in Persia 1911-1916 State Building and Internal Colonization

Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm

This talk will investigate the Swedish-led gendarmerie in Persia (Iran) as a case of state building through defensive modernisation (weaker state modernises its institutions to resist stronger states).

Location: Aaron Burr 219
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Islamic Republic and the Revival of Occasional Poetry

Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Literature, particularly poetry, is central to everyday life and politics in Iran. The relationship between Persian poetic discourse and power has been pivotal in the development of Iran’s socio-political structure and national identity. No government, however, has been as conscious of this crucial dynamic as the Islamic Republic theocracy that...

Location: Green Hall, 2-S-14
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Building Safavid Isfahan - with Magic: Shaykh Baha’i as Architect-Mage

Tue, Feb 19, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Shaykh Baha’i (d. 1621), the celebrated Baalbeki jurist, philosopher and mathematician, was one of the leading architects of the new Safavid capital of Isfahan. He is also acclaimed in contemporary and later sources as the leading mage of Safavid Iran.

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Cosmopolitanism of Modernist Architects in Reza Shah's Iran

Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

The initial inquiry for this study began with a simple question: Why, given the staunchly nationalist environment of Reza Shah’s reign, did so many of the leading Iranian architects come from religious minorities?

Location: Louis Simpson - A71
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Signed, Sealed, and Undelivered: The Voyage of the Santa Catharina and a Global Microhistory of Trade and Politics in the Indian Ocean, 1739-1748

Wed, Dec 12, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

The talk focuses on the discovery of several thousand pieces of commercial correspondence and contracts traveling aboard the Armenian-freighted vessel, the Santa Catharina, across the Indian Ocean at the time of the vessel's capture in 1748.

Location: Aaron Burr 219
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Multiculturalism and the Image of the Afghan in Iranian Cinema

Tue, Nov 13, 2018, 4:00 pm to 6:03 pm

Mahyar Entezari teaches Persian, in addition to Iranian cinema. He completed his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation, “The Other Self: Representations of Afghans in Iranian Cinema” is the focus of his book project.

Location: 006 Friend Center
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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Urban Governance and Municipal Politics in Tehran

Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

With 25 years’ research, writing, and policymaking experience on Tehran, Azam Khatam explores the dynamics of urban politics in Iran through examining how Tehran’s built environment has been shaped and transformed through the frictions and interactions between institutions of urban governance and a range of social actors.

Location: Aaron Burr 219
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The Other Iran: Unintended Modernity in the Islamic Republic

Thu, May 3, 2018, 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm

The untold story of the Islamic Revolution is how the lives of the poor, especially in rural areas, have been transformed in post-revolutionary Iran. The talk examines how the Revolution’s populism achieved a more inclusive growth by expanding basic infrastructure, family planning, and education to rural areas.

Location: Louis Simpson - A71
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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Understanding Iran's Electoral Processes and its Political Implications

Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

This talk will explain how the Iranian electoral system works, and what is the meaning and implications of the elections of all kind that take place within the Islamic Republic since its establishment in 1979. Along the talk the electoral procedures, voting trends and participation, and more importantly the results and their impact on the...

Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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Iranian Identity in Four Narratives

Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Four main narratives may be distinguished in answering to the key question, “what are the origins of nations?” The first narrative reflects the romantic nationalist view that nations are natural and essential elements in history since “times immemorial.” This is the narrative that most Persians tend to believe.

Location: 1-N-5 Green Hall

Translations in Contemporary Iranian Art: Historicity, Marketability, Mobility

Thu, Mar 29, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

The contemporary Iranian art scene is young, dynamic, and multifaceted. A complex and highly sophisticated social network, rather than the usual texts and artifacts, govern the development of its narratives and aesthetic judgments. In it, the letterheads of institutions seem to carry no weight in penetrating and amassing data in ways that the...

Location: Robertson 002
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Shias in the Gulf Monarchies and their Relations with Iran

Thu, Mar 1, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

In the Gulf monarchies as in other countries of the Middle East, the Shia communities are regularly suspected of being a fifth column of Iran.

Location: 300 Wallace Hall
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The Political Economy of Energy Subsidy Reform in Iran

Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Since the revolution, Iran has been torn between two futures for the Islamic Republic: a populist and distributive state vs. a development state. Energy subsidies and attempts to remove them provide an interesting window into Iran’s politics and economics.

Location: Aaron  Burr 219
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The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism: Race and the Politics of Dislocation

Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Reza Zia-Ebrahimi revisits the work of Fath’ali Akhundzadeh and Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani, two Qajar-era intellectuals who founded modern Iranian nationalism.

Location: East Pyne 010
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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The City and the Wilderness: Indo-Persian Travel Writing and the Edge of the Mughal World

Thu, Nov 16, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

This lecture explores the travels of Mir ‘Abd al-Latif Khan, an itinerant scholar and merchant from Iran, across the Indian Ocean from Basra in the Persian Gulf to Calcutta in the Bay of Bengal in 1788 during the waning of the Mughal Empire and the onset of East India Company rule in India.

Location: A71 Louis A. Simpson International Building
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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Managing the Greek Frontier: Achaemenid Strategies in the West

Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

In Achaemenid studies, one of the topics of debate is the supposed “tolerance” of the Achaemenid authorities towards the various ethnic and cultural groups within their empire. In comparison with previous and later empires, the Achaemenids are seen as more willing to allow the continued operation of seemingly independent legal and religious...

Location: 2-N-10 Green Hall (1st Floor)
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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Iran Barometer: Political Challenge and Social Change in the Islamic Republic

Tue, Oct 10, 2017, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

After the successful 2017 re-election of Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, by a large popular margin, how should we assess the international and domestic challenges confronting the Islamic Republic today? Join the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies for a presentation and discussion on contemporary events...

Location: Robertson Hall, Bowl 016
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The Dust We Breathe: Climate and Public Health in the MENA Region & Documentary Screening

Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

This presentation will address issues of climate change along with reduced precipitation, which, along with human activities, have made some of Iran’s cities among the most air-polluted in the world.

Location: Guyot Hall Room 10
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LISD Lunch Seminar Series: Iran's Challenge and Opportunity for Turkey and the Gulf Arab States

Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 12:00 pm

The forging partnership between Turkey and the Arab States of the Persian Gulf has aimed in part to thwart efforts by Iran to expand its regional influence. Unable to forge a steady alliance with Ankara, Tehran uses it as buffer against the hostile currents it faces from the the Gulf Arab states. This grants Turkey a central role to manage...

Location: 012 Bendheim Hall
Audience: Princeton Faculty and Researchers, Princeton Students
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Iran at the Crossroads: A New Direction?

Thu, May 7, 2015, 4:30 pm

Thirty-six years have elapsed since the Iranian revolution of 1978/79 toppled the Shah’s pro-Western monarchy and spawned Ayatollah Khomeini’s theocratic pluralist Islamic regime, with an anti-American and anti-Israeli posture.

Location: 300 Wallace Hall
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The Rediscovery of Sogdian

Wed, Apr 22, 2015, 4:30 pm

After studying Old and Middle Iranian languages and related subjects at Cambridge, Nicholas Sims- Williams has spent his entire career at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where his teaching has covered seven Iranian languages (Avestan, Old Persian, Middle Persian, Parthian, Bactrian, Sogdian, and Khotanese) and...

Location: Jones 202
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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The Jews of Bamiyan: A Community of Traders and Scholars in 11th Century Khorasan

Tue, Mar 10, 2015, 4:30 am

Shaul Shaked is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Hungarian Academy of Science. He was awarded the Israel Prize in Linguistics in 2000. He has been a visiting professor in several institutions, among them UC Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, NYU, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Collège de France, and the Eötvös...

Location: 202 Jones Hall
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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Archaeological Evidence and the Study of the Economy of the Early Islamic Middle East

Tue, Feb 10, 2015, 4:30 pm

Hugh Kennedy took his M.A. and Ph.D. (1977) at the University of Cambridge. In 1972 he was appointed lecturer in Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews Scotland, becoming Professor of Middle Eastern History. In 2007 he took up the Chair of Arabic at SOAS, University of London.

Location: Jones Hall 202
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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Mossavar-Rahmani Center Dedication Lecture: Iran: 35 Years after the Revolution

Tue, Oct 14, 2014, 5:00 pm

Inaugural lecture. Reception to follow.

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Location: McCormick 101
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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LISD Crisis Diplomacy Seminar, Opening Luncheon: Afghanistan - From Occupation to Transition

Thu, May 15, 2014, 12:00 pm

Professor Amin Saikal will discuss "Afghanistan: From Occupation to Transition." An extended discussion focusing on the presidential elections in Afghanistan will follow with Professor Saikal and LISD Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber. Lunch will be served. To attend, RSVP to Angella Matheney.

Location: 012 Bendheim Hall
Audience: Free, Open to the Public
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To Write or not to Write: Transmission of Knowledge in Ancient Iranian Culture

Tue, May 13, 2014, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

A light lunch will be served.

Location: Jones Hall 102
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Past Conference Events

Ērānšahr inTransition Conference: West and Central Asia Between the Sasanians and Islam, 600-750 CE

Fri, May 10, 2019 (All day) to Sat, May 11, 2019 (All day)

This conference brings together the leading scholars of the fields of late antique, Sasanian, and early Islamic history in order to study the period of transition – defined broadly as 600-750 CE – in Central and West Asia, with a particular focus on the social, political, economic, and institutional history of the Sasanian Empire. 

Iran Graduate Student Workshop

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 (All day) to Sat, Apr 30, 2016 (All day)

Roundtable: A Dialogue on theA Dialogue on the State of Iranian Studies, with the IGSW Committee

Ethnography of Iran: Past and Present Conference

Fri, Oct 2, 2015 (All day) to Sat, Oct 3, 2015 (All day)

Panel 1 - Pre-Revolutionary Ethnography of Iran: Modes of Inquiry, Continuity, and Change