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 remaining events for 2020 will be held online via Zoom (Registration for each program is held separately and opens one month prior)

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.

 

Next Upcoming Lecture:

Saturday 17 Oct, 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

 

Forthcoming for 2020:

Saturday 31 Oct, 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 14 Nov, 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 28 Nov, 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 12 Dec, 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

 

Past Lecture List

 

2020:

Friday 17 Jan, 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 31 Jan, 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 12 Feb, 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 13 March, 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 3 April, 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 26 Sept, 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

 

2019

Friday 16 January, 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 25 January, 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 8 Feb, 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 1 March, 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 15 March, 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 22 March, 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 29 March, 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 13 Sept, 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 27 Sept, 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 4 Oct, 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 11 Oct, 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 25 Oct, 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 8 Nov, 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 29 Nov, 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 8 Nov, 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.