with Alka Patel Invisible East lecture series with the support of BIPS 29th September 2022, 5PM (GMT) The Shansabanis (c. 1145-1215 CE), commonly known as the Ghurids, have long been considered inconsequential in western studies on the medieval Persianate world. Despite forming a transregional empire, their origins at the peripheries of both the Indic […]

A Persianate Japanology? The Reach and Limits of Inter-Asian Exchange

with Nile Green British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) Seminar Series Wednesday 21 September, 2022, 6:00pm (GMT) Zoom Webinar In the wake of the Japanese defeat of Russia in 1905, intellectuals from Iran, India, and Afghanistan looked to Japan as a model for achieving military and industrial modernization without adopting Western culture. Probing the […]


with Llewelyn Morgan Invisible East lecture series with the support of BIPS 15th September 2022, 5PM (GMT) In this lecture, Llewelyn Morgan discusses the Buddhas of Bamiyan and their wider context in the Bamiyan valley, explaining what we know of their origin and original appearance, partly from contemporary eyewitnesses. He will then trace the […]

AIS 2022 Biennial Conference of Iranian Studies

AIS2022 Biennial Conference of Iranian Studies will take place at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Salamanca from August 30 to September 2, 2022. The AIS2022 Conference is planned as a primarily in person event, but will also accommodate online proposals for those who cannot physically attend for whatever reason.

The Mobility of Persian Artefacts: The Sanguszko Carpet in Motion

with Yuka Kadoi British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) Seminar Series Wednesday 20 July 2022, 5 pm (GMT) Zoom Webinar Originally woven in Iran during the sixteenth century, one of the most celebrated classical Persian carpets to survive today — the “Sanguszko Carpet”, currently housed at the Miho Museum in Japan — made an […]

CfP: Indian Ocean World Archaeology (IOW-ARCH) Biennial Conference (19-20 December 2022)

Extended Deadline: 11 July 2022 Monday 19 – Tuesday 20 December 2022 Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter Papers are welcome on all aspects of the archaeology, material culture and heritage of the Indian Ocean (defined as from East Africa to Japan, including Australasia) from the first millennium BC to the contemporary […]

Jewish Collectors and Patterns of Taste (c.1850-1930)

June 27th – 29th 2022 Sorbonne Université and Musée Nissim de Camodo, Paris This workshop, held in partnership with the Musée Nissim de Camondo, the Sorbonne, and the Château de Champs-sur-Marne, and supported by the National Trust, will explore the networks and cultural horizons of Jewish collectors across Europe, examining their contribution to key artistic trends.