(rescheduled) Rivalling Rome: Parthian coins and culture

with Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) Seminar Series Monday 28 November, 2022, 6:00pm (GMT) Zoom Webinar https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/bips-agm-lecture-2022/ The first official encounter between Parthia and Rome happened in 96 BC when envoys from these two empires met along the river Euphrates. This was the beginning of a series of endless encounters, clashes […]

Humayun Padshah and Iran: Safavid Present and Mythical Past

with Ebba Koch British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) Seminar Series Wednesday 19 October, 2022, 5:00pm (GMT) Zoom Webinar https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/humayun-padshah-and-iran/ The lecture introduces Professor Ebba Koch’s new book The Planetary King: Humayun Padshah: Inventor and Visionary on the Mughal Throne which attempts to form a more holistic picture of the second Mughal padshah than the decontextualized perspectives […]


with Alka Patel Invisible East lecture series with the support of BIPS 29th September 2022, 5PM (GMT) https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/afghanistan-from-buddhism-to-islam-8th-to-13th-century/ https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nUyMBBwFQcy0_VDhhJ6oMA 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 https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/a-persianate-japanology-the-reach-and-limits-of-inter-asian-exchange/ 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) https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/afghanistan-from-buddhism-to-islam-8th-to-13th-century/ https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a3qS0V88QmikMDaPKR3j2Q 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 […]

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 https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/the-mobility-of-persian-artefacts-the-sanguszko-carpet-in-motion/ 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 […]

Persianate Aspects of the Malay-Indonesian World: Rare Manuscripts

with Majid Daneshgar British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) Seminar Series Wednesday 25 May, 2022, 5:00pm (GMT) Zoom Webinar https://www.bips.ac.uk/event/rare-manuscripts/ Like other geographical zones, the Persianate world was an inclusive world, interacting with other non-Muslim communities, enriching its multiculturalism and increasing its influence. A number of studies have shown the influence of Persian culture and […]

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. […]

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 […]