1. Call for Papers
IRANIAN STUDIES INITIATIVE COLLOQUIUM SERIES
UC Santa Barbara, California, United States
The 2020-2021 Colloquium Series of the Iranian Studies Initiative will be held this next year in caboration with the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR). The theme of the colloquium is:
ART AND LITERARY EXCHANGE BETWEEN IRAN, TRANSCAUCASIA, CENTRAL ASIA, AND RUSSIA IN THE 20th CENTURY
We welcome interdisciplinary proposals for papers and seminars addressing such transnational exchanges in roughly three periods: The Tsarist/Qajar Era, the Soviet Union/Pahlavi era, and the Islamic Republic/Post 1991 era, with a focus on Iran, Russia, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia. Although our focus is on literary, artistic, and cultural exchange, we will entertain submissions by historians and political scientists provided they relate to these areas.
The deadline for sending your abstract is December 31, 2019. If you are interested in participating, please send a resume, the title of your presentation, and an abstract (250 words). Please include any theoretical or methodological approaches used in your research. If your paper or seminar is accepted, we ask that you provide a draft of your paper/an outline of your seminar by late September 2020. Your lecture or seminar may be scheduled for the Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters 2020/21 on a Wednesday evening. If you have a preference for a particular time of day, please let us know.
Two nights of accommodation and meals, as well as travel expenses (in the US), and a small honorarium will be provided. Funds may be available for international travelers, but will be decided on an individual case by case basis.
For questions and paper proposals, please contact:
Janet Afary, Mellichamp Chair Director, Iranian Studies Initiative, UCSB
Sven Spieker, Professor of German and Slavic Studies Comparative Literature Program, UCSB email@example.com
2. Inaugural lecture, Islamic Art and Material Culture Collaborative (IAMCC), Toronto. Nov. 7
Tiles that tell Persian Tales–the Safavid Tile Arch Project of the Royal Ontario Museum
Lisa Golombek, Curator Emeritus, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Venue: Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto (Jackman Building, room 530)
In 1976 the ROM acquired two large Safavid arched panels composed of colourful glazed square tiles: a royal picnic and a heroic dragon-slaying scene. Recently, The Safavid Tile Arch Project (Lisa Golombek and Robert B. Mason) decided to delve further into their history. They found that there are at least another 24 such pictorial arched panels representing a wide range of subjects (e.g., Shahnameh, Nizami, Jami, Safavid history and daily life), some yet to be identified. Stylistically, they date the tiles to c. 1680, the reign of Shah Sulayman. In this talk, Lisa Golombek will present their research and discuss the issues that have yet to be resolved—who commissioned these tiles, when and for what building, and why were these images chosen.
The Islamic Art and Material Culture Collective (IAMCC) is a new collaborative research network based in Toronto that brings together the capacities and resources of the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Aga Khan Museum. The aim of the IAMCC is to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research on Islamic art and material culture, support a joint student internship program, host monthly talks and research seminars and present a high-profile annual visiting lecture.
3. Ševčenko Prize Deadline — 15 November 2019
Every year HIAA sponsors a competition and awards the Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize for the best unpublished essay written by a junior scholar (pre-dissertation graduate student to three years after the Ph.D. degree) on any aspect of Islamic visual culture. This competition is open to HIAA members only. The Ševčenko Prize recipient receives an award of $500 and a citation, generally presented at HIAA’s annual business meeting. The Prize is named in memory of Margaret Bentley Ševčenko, the first and long-serving Managing Editor of Muqarnas, a journal devoted to the visual culture of the Islamic world and sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and at MIT. The winning essay will be considered for publication by the Muqarnas Editorial Board.
For more information, see the Historians of Islamic Art Association website: