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 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 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 […]


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.

Unrechtskontexte (Contexts of Injustice): dismantling colonial legacies from Berlin to London

Goethe Annual Lecture Fri, 14 Jan 2022, 18:30 GMT Book via Eventbrite ( In 2013, the German Museums Association (Deutscher Museumsbund) issued guidance on the treatment of human remains in museum collections, in which they introduced a novel concept. The idea of ‘Unrechtskontext’ (context of injustice) should, they suggested, guide curatorial ethics when assessing the […]


16th December 2021 – 5:00 PM The Royal Society for Asian Affairs are pleased to announce a series of events on Culture, Conflict and Recovery in Asia which will be delivered jointly with Aleph Strategies, commencing with Rory Stewart, former UK International Development Secretary, author and founder of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, speaking online from Yale University. Please join them […]

Alois Musil (1868-1944): Scholar, Theologian, Patriot, Imperialist, Adventurer

In conjunction with the international workshop Persian Art in Vienna: The Shifting of Objects, Images and Ideas in Early 20th Century Central Europe 29-30 October 2021 the following two events are held: Evening Lecture: Matthew Rampley (Masaryk University Brno) Alois Musil (1868-1944): Scholar, Theologian, Patriot, Imperialist, Adventurer Friday 29 October 2021  17:30 – 18:30 CET Institute of Art HistoryUniversity of ViennaSeminar Room 1Universitätscampus AAKH, Hof 9Spitalgasse 2A-1090 Vienna This is an in-person event. This event is now […]

Discussing the history and practice of Zoroastrianism

Date Wednesday 9th June  17.00 (London) Organised by The Iran Heritage Foundation ​Description Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest religions and the exhibition Epic Iran, co-organised by the V&A and IHF, will feature a small number of objects exploring the history of its practice in ancient Iran. It became the state religion under the Sasanians, […]