Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian & Persianate Studies Fall 2020 / Winter 2021 Schedule

 Department of Asian Studies

University of British Columbia

 FREE and open to the public!


Time & Place (unless otherwise indicated): 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.  || Online (Please click on individual event pages for registration information and link)

About the Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies: Alireza Ahmadian (1981 – 2019) was a proud and devoted UBC alumnus, supporter of UBC’s Asian Studies department, and beloved member of Vancouver’s Iranian community. UBC’s Asian Studies department has renamed this lecture series in his honour.


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

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

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


For the details of previous Alireza Ahmadian lectures, please click here.