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 […]

Cultural Catastrophe: Ukrainian Museums and Monuments at Risk

Warnings that cultural heritage will be targeted as Ivankiv Historical-Cultural Museum is burned to the ground. Museum workers in neighbouring countries are mobilising to help colleagues in Ukraine amid fears that cultural institutions and their workers will be at particular risk from the Russian invasion. https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2022/03/museum-community-mobilises-to-help-colleagues-in-ukraine/#

A Handbook of Persian Calligraphy and Related Arts

https://brill.com/view/title/17106 Persian Calligraphy and related traditional arts of books make up the most important forms of Iranian-Islamic art, which are still living practiced traditions up to today. This volume puts together a first-of-a-kind handbook and contains the most important termini technici as well as expressions and techniques connected to the traditional art of Persian calligraphy (mostly Nastaʿlīq), […]


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2022 | 12:00 PM–1:30 PM (EST) An online lecture exploring the significance of colonialism in the study of Tur Abdin, the importance of microhistory in understanding archaeological material, and the overall underdiscussed material present in the region. https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/syriac-villages-in-the-tur-abdin-a-microhistory-of-the-medieval-middle-east/