The World Ancient Iran and the West

An International Symposium Convened by M. Rahim Shayegan (University of California, Los Angeles) and  Jeffrey Spier (J. Paul Getty Museum) May 19–20, 2022 | 314 Royce Hall, UCLA The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World and the J. Paul Getty Museum are convening for a third year an international symposium on the […]

CfP: 5th Congress on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (Lyon, 11-13 July 2023)

For its fifth edition, the “Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies” Scientific Interest Group (GIS MOMM) organizes its Congress at the University of Lyon on Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 July 2023. http://majlis-remomm.fr/72456 Researchers and scholars (PhD candidates and above) are invited to submit proposals for thematic panels by 15 July 2022 on the […]

Joseph Lindon Smith: The Persepolis Paintings

A Special Exhibition January 27–August 28, 2022 The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago https://oi100.uchicago.edu/jls Joseph Lindon Smith (American, 1863–1950) was already an accomplished painter, celebrated for his ability to capture archaeological subjects with vivid realism, when he was invited to Persepolis by James Henry Breasted, OI founder and then director, in 1935 to join the OI […]

The City of Isfahan as Actor: Urban Knowledge and Household Anthologies

with Kathryn Babayan British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) Seminar Series Wednesday 27 April 2022, 5 pm (GMT) Zoom Webinar https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/city-of-isfahan-as-actor/ This talk explores Isfahan through the lens of seventeenth century household anthologies (majmu’a). Thousands of manuscripts produced in Isfahan assembled urban objects ranging from portraits and letters from friends, to poems depicting the central […]

Unequal Treaties and the Question of Sovereignty in Qajar and early Pahlavi Iran

2022 Ann Lambton Memorial Lecture With Ali Gheissari Wednesday 6 April 2022, 5pm (GMT) Zoom Webinar https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/lambton-lecture-2022/ This presentation will offer an overview of the Russian and British leverage in Iran during the Qajar and early Pahlavi periods through unequal treaties as one channel of extending their imperial influence and counterbalancing each other’s rival presence. […]

Statement concerning the Russian invasion into Ukraine

As of 24 February 2022, military forces from the Russian Federation have invaded Ukraine. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) strongly condemns this violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. ICOM is especially concerned about the risks faced by museum professionals as well as the threats to cultural heritage because of this armed […]

Online Exhibition | Photographs of Dura-Europos: 1922–2022 and Onward

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 to Wednesday, June 1, 2022 https://ism.yale.edu/event/exhibition-photographs-dura-europos-1922-2022-and-onward The exhibition connects the past, present, and future of research on Dura-Europos, Syria, and forms part of Yale’s centennial commemoration of the Yale-French Excavations. The contribution of Dura-Europos to our understanding of cultural diversity and religious life in the ancient Middle East is extraordinary. Houses renovated […]

The Blues—Cobalt and Indigo in Asian Art

Friday, March 4, 2022 11:00am – 12:00pm EST Online Seminar Harvard Art Museums Art Study Center Seminar at Home: The Blues—Cobalt and Indigo in Asian Art In Asia, the mineral cobalt has long been used as a colorant in ceramic glazes, and indigo dye, derived from plants of the Indigofera genus, has been employed in textiles and […]