Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies

 Department of Asian Studies

University of British Columbia

 FREE and open to the public!

 

Time & Place (unless otherwise indicated):  All lectures from September to December 2021 will be held online via Zoom (Registration for each program is held separately).

Please note that all recorded times refer to Pacific Time i.e. the time it would be in Vancouver, Canada.

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 Asian Studies department, and beloved member of Canadian-Iranian Community. UBC’s Asian Studies department renamed this lecture series in his honour in 2019. The Ahmadian family and friends 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.

 

 

Forthcoming for Fall 2021:

Saturday September 25, 2021 (4:00p.m.; Online)

Production and Circulation of Post-revolutionary Iranian Literature

Speaker: Laetitia Nanquette, PhD – Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Discussant: Dr. Amy Motlagh, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle East/South Asia Studies, University of California, Davis

 

Saturday October 2, 2021 (4:00p.m.; Online)

Reflections on the Story of Ali in Sunni Islam

Speaker: Nebil Husayn, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami

Discussant: Javad T. Hashmi, MD – Fellow Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, PhD candidate in Islamic Studies, Harvard University

 

Saturday October 16, 2021 (4:00p.m.; Online)

Social Media, Music, and Poetic Worldmaking in Iranian Publics

Speaker: Nahid Siamdoust, PhD – Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Middle East Studies, University of Texas at Austin 

Discussant: Niki Akhavan, PhD – Associate Professor, Media and Communication Studies, The Catholic University of America

 

Saturday October 23, 2021 (2:00p.m.; Online)

Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer and Poetry in Iran

Speaker: Niloofar Haeri, PhD – Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Discussant: Mahtab Sirdani, PhD Candidate – Sociocultural Anthropology, Boston University

 

Saturday November 6, 2021 (4:00p.m.; Online)

The Anti-Aryan Moment: Decolonization and Race in Late Pahlavi Iran

Speaker: Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, PhD – Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: Barrington Walker, PhD – Professor of History, Wilfrid Laurier University 

 

Saturday November 20, 2021 (4:00p.m.; Online)

Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry

Speaker: Domenico Ingenito, PhD – Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles

Discussant: Justine Landau, PhD – Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

 

Saturday December 4, 2021 (4:00p.m.; Online)

New Insights from the East on Poetry and Politics:  The Reconciliatory Thought of Sa‘di Shirazi

Speaker: Iman Ahmadian, PhD, University of Newcastle

Discussant: Hessam Dehghani, PhD, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Persian Language and Culture, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

 

 

Saturday December 18, 2021 (4:00p.m.; Online)

The Hidden Story of One Thousand and One Nights in Persian: Muhammad Baghir Khurasani’s “Tarjumah Hinrīyah” Patronized in Hyderabad

Speaker: Mehdi Ganjavi, PhD – Scholar, Writer, Editor, Robarts Library, University of Toronto

Discussant:

Meisam Alipour, MA in Art Studies, University of Tehran; Novelist

Pegah Shahbaz, PhD, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS), Asian Institute Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

 

Past Lecture List

2021:

Saturday January 16, 2021 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.; Online)

“#Me_Too and the Valuing of Gendered Violence in Iran”

Ali Jenaban (Filmmaker), Elham Naeej (PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia) and Amin Pourbarghi (Filmmaker)

 

Saturday January 30, 2021 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online)

“The Iranian Nightmare: Theorizing a New Iranian Horror Cinema in the (Trans) National Circuitry, 2009-2019”

Farshid Kazemi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University

 

Saturday February 13, 2021 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online)

“Raz-i Nuw: Hossein Alizadeh: and the Possibility of a Persian Musical Modernity”

Morteza Abedinifard, PhD Candidate in Musicology, University of Alberta

 

Saturday February 27, 2021 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online) This talk was cancelled but will be rescheduled for a later date.

“Social Media, Music and Poetic Worldmaking in Iranian Publics and Counterpublics”

Nahid Siamdoust, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology of Religion, Harvard Divinity School

 

Saturday March 13, 2021 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online)

“Degenerate, Popular, and Forgotten? Politicization and Monetization of Urban Entertainment in Pahlavi Iran”

Ida Meftahi, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Boise State University

 

Saturday March 27, 2021 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m; Online)

“Genre Fiction and Narrative Epistemologies: The Case of Detective Fiction in Persian”

Omid Azadibougar, PhD, Hunan Normal University, China

 

Saturday April 10, 2021 (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Online)

“Intertextuality or Plagiarism? Sadeq Hedayat’s The Blind Owl from a Cognitive Poetics Lens”

Leila Sadeghi, PhD in Linguistics, University of Tehran

 

Saturday April 24, 2021 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online)

“Literature Against Propaganda: Counter Discourse and Symbolic Resistance in Iran-Iraq War Fiction”

Salour Malayeri, PhD in Modern Languages, University of St. Andrews

 

Saturday May 15, 2021 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online)

“Iranian Women as Theatre-Makers: Witnesses and Whispers”

Marjan Moosavi, PhD, Roshan Lecturer, University of Maryland

 

Saturday May 29, 2021 (11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.; Online)

“Earthly or Ethereal? The Beloved in Classical Persian Poetry”

Mahdieh Vali-Zadeh, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

 

Saturday July 24, 2021 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online)

“Afghans in the Persianate Age”

Naveena Naqvi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Persianate Islamic Cultures of South Asia, University of British Columbia

 

2020:

Friday January 17, 2020 (6:30 – 8:30 P.M.; Asian Centre Auditorium: 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Iran in the Early 20th Century

Dr. Golbarg Rekabtalaei, Assistant Professor of History, Seton Hall University

 

Friday January 31, 2020 (6:30 – 8:30 P.M.; Room 120, C. K. Choi Building)

(in Persian) The Persian Influences on the Architecture of the Mugal Empire

Dr. Razieh Rahimi, Ph.D. in Architecture, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India

 

Wednesday February 12, 2020 (6:30 – 8:30 P.M.; Room 120, C. K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) Persian Munshi, Persian Jones: English Translations of Sa’di’s Gulistan from Late 18th to Mid-19th Centuries

Dr. Pegah Shahbaz, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Asian Studies, UBC

 

Friday March 13, 2020 (6:30 – 8:30 P.M.; Room 120, C. K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) Persian, Pahlavi and Teaching Farsi

Dr. Rastin Mehri, Lecturer, Language Training Institute, University of Simon Fraser

 

Friday April 3, 2020 (6:30 – 8:30 P.M.; Room 120, C. K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) The Wisdom of Love: Hafez, Goethe and World Literature

Dr. Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani, Associate Professor of World Literature, Simon Fraser University

 

Saturday September 26, 2020 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online) “Pondering Anti-Blackness in the Iranian Context, From Enslavement to the Present”

Amy Tahani-Bidmeshki, PhD, Assistant Professor, English Division, Pasadena City College, California

 

Saturday October 17, 2020 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Online) “No Heaven For Gunga Din (1965) From Speculative Fiction to Decolonial Option”

Amirhossein Vafa, PhD, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Shiraz University

 

Saturday October 31, 2020 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online) “The Poetics and Politics of Representation: A Comparative Study of “simurgh” In Four Royal Manuscripts of the Shahnama”

Behrang Nabavi Nejad, PhD, Art History Instructor, Columbia College, Vancouver

 

Saturday November 14, 2020 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online) “Representation of Sigheh Women in Modern Iranian Cultural Productions”

Claudia Yaghoobi, PhD, Roshan Institute Associate Professor in Persian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill

 

Saturday November 28, 2020 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online) “Persian, Pahlavi, and Teaching Farsi”

Rastin Mehri, PhD, Term Lecturer, Department of World Languages and Literatures, SFU

 

Saturday December 12, 2020 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Online) “Negotiating Modernity: The Prostitute Character in Iranian Film and Fiction”

Maryam Zehtabi Sabeli Mogaddam, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

2019

Friday January 16, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Jack Poole Hall (2nd Floor), Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd)

(in English) Modernizing the Persian Masterpiece, Shahnameh

Artist Hamid Rahmanian explains how he turned Shahnameh into an art book, audio-book, pop-up and play

 

Friday January 25, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Room 120, C.K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) Parviz Tanavoli: Poetry in Bronze (Film Screening/Q&A)

Documentary screening, followed by Q&A between the director and the artist; Terrence Turner: Canadian filmmaker; Parviz Tanavoli: Iranian-Canadian sculptor.

 

Friday February 8, 2019  (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Asian Centre Auditorium: 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English and Persian) Iranian Music After the 1979 Revolution

Amir Eslami: Musician and Composer; Former Senior Lecturer at Tehran University of Art, along with musician Hamin Honari.

 

Friday March 1, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Room 120, C.K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in Persian) I, Kambiz Sharif: A Talk and Book-Signing

Kambiz Sharif, Sculptor

 

Friday March 15, 2019  (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Asian Centre Auditorium: 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) Articulations of Identity in the Iranian Diaspora

Nojang Khatami, Ph.D. Candidate, Sessional Lecturer & Vanier Scholar, Political Science, UBC

 

Friday March 22, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Room 120, C.K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in Persian) The Woman through the Safavid Texts and Documents

Nozhat Ahmadi: Associate Professor of History, University of Isfahan

 

Friday March 29, 2019  (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Room 120, C.K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in Persian) Classical Persian Literature as a Mirror of Past Gender Orders جنسیت در ادب کهن پارسی

Azadeh Mokhtarnameh, Former Lecturer of Persian Language and Literature at Shiraz University, Iran

 

Friday September 13, 2019  (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Room 120, C.K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in Persian) Loneliness and  Struggle: Self-Narratives of Iranian Trans People’s Lives روایت  زندگی ترنس های ایرانی

Mahsa Rad, Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran; Visiting International Research Student at UBC

 

Friday September 27, 2019 (6:30 – 9:00 p.m.; UBC Robson Square: 800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7)             

(in English) One Poet Among Many: Hafez and the Transregional Literary Networks of 14th-Century Iran

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Persian Literature, University of Oxford

 

Friday October 4, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Asian Centre Auditorium: 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) Zarathustra the Philosopher

Mr. Tooraj Khodabakhshi

 

Friday October 11, 2019 (5:00 – 6:30 P.M.; Room 120, C.K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) Imagining Time in India: Persian Chroniclers and their Interpreters

Shahzad Bashir, Ph.D., Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities Professor of Religious Studies, Brown University

 

Friday October 25, 2019 (6:30 – 8:30 P.M.; Room 120, C.K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in Persian) Iranian Art After Islam: With a Look at Some Renowned Calligraphers

Farzan Kermani, Ph.D. in Design, IIT Bombay

هنر ایران پس از اسلام: با نگاهی به سرگذشت چند خوشنویس بلندآوازه

 

Friday November 8, 2019 (6:30 – 8:30 P.M.; Room 120, C.K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) Political Economy of Oil Despotism: The Case of Post-Revolutionary Iran

Morteza Asadi, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar at the School of International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC; former Assistant Professor of Economy at Kharazmi University, Tehran

 

Friday November 29, 2019 (6:30 – 8:30 P.M.; Room 120, C.K. Choi Building: 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in English) Civilizational Contacts between Ancient Iran and Europa during the Classical Era

Kaveh Farrokh, Ph.D., Professor of History & Academic Advisor for Analytica Iranica, Methodolgica Governance University, Paris, France

 

2018

Thursday November 8, 2018  (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Asian Centre Auditorium: 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2)

(in Persian)  On Declining and Desiring Nostalgia محسن نامجو | در رد و تمنای نوستالژی

Mohsen Namjoo, Iranian Singer Songwriter, Music Scholar and Setar (traditional Persian lute) player currently based in New York City, invited to UBC by the Asian Studies dept and UBC Persian Club.