CANCELLED: Gardens in Persian Literature: Ecology of Material and Metaphysical Beauty, from Balkh to Shiraz

Friday October 14, 2022
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
UBC Robson Square

Poster design by Razman Goudarzi

This talk was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (Cancellation Announcement).

سلسله سخنرانی‌های ایران‌شناسی و فارسی‌پژوهی علیرضا احمدیان

باغ در ادب فارسی: بوم‌شناسیِ جمال مادی و معنوی، از بلخ تا شیراز

سخنران: دکتر دومِنیکو اینجِنیتو، دانشیار ادبیات فارسی در دانشگاه کالیفرنیا، لس آنجلس

این سخنرانی به‌دلیل شرایط پیش‌بینی‌نشده لغو شد (اطلاعیهٔ لغو سخنرانی).

The Alireza Ahmadian Lecture in Iranian and Persianate Studies presents: Gardens in Persian Literature: Ecology of Material and Metaphysical Beauty, from Balkh to Shiraz on October 14, 2022.

Guest Speaker

Domenico Ingenito is Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Bahari Fellow in the Persian Arts of the Book, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (Spring 2023). His research interests center on medieval Persian poetry, the visual culture of Iran and Central Asia, gender and translations studies, and manuscript culture. His most recent articles are: “Hafez’s ‘Shirāzi Turk’: A Geopoetical Approach (Iranian Studies)” and “‘A Marvelous Painting’: The Erotic Dimension of Saʿdi’s Praise Poetry” (Journal of Persianate Studies). His most recent book is Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry (Brill, 2020). His Italian translation of Forugh Farrokhzad’s collected poems, along with all original texts, will be published in 2022 by Bompiani. He is currently working on an English translation of a selection of Sa’di’s poems (University of California Press) and a monograph on kingship, poetic creativity, and homoeroticism in the context of Ghaznavid praise poetry.


About the Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies: Alireza Ahmadian (1981 – 2019) was an enthusiastic researcher, a consummate socio-political analyst, and an opinion leader on foreign policy who nurtured the virtues of diplomatic dialogue and liberal democracy. Alireza was a proud and devoted UBC alumnus, supporter of UBC’s Department of Asian Studies, and beloved member of Canadian-Iranian Community. The department renamed this lecture series in his honour in 2019. Alireza’s friends in the community have provided funding to support this series, and this generous gift will see these important academic and community engagement events supported through to the end of the 2025/2026 academic year. Read More …
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