The Second Workshop – Edinburgh, 19-21 May, 2017

Call for Papers, 2nd workshop 



A multi-year research project funded by the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS).


The second of four workshops – on subalterns across the entire Persianate world in the Safavid and Afsharid periods (1501-1747) – will be held at the University of Edinburgh, UK, on 19-21 May, 2017.


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Presenters and Papers:

Dr Alireza Anisi
Associate professor
Iranian Research Institute for Cultural Heritage and Tourism

‘The Madrasa of Mirza Husein in Isfahan’

Dr Ines Aščerić-Todd
Tutor, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Edinburgh

‘A Subaltern Hero: the Execution of Sheikh Hamza Bali (1573) against the Backdrop of the Ottoman-Safavid Wars and Ottoman Fears of Shia Insurgence’

Hunter Bandy
PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Religion – Islamic Studies
Graduate Program in Religion
Duke University

‘‘Alid Magic and the Making of Deccan Fortunes’

Theodore S. Beers
PhD Candidate
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago.

‘Speaking for the Subaltern in an Early Safavid Tazkirah’

Jaimee Comstock-Skipp
Fulbright Research Award recipient, Tajikistan, 2015-2016

‘Liberating the “Turkoman Prisoner”: an Assessment of 16th-century Folios of Bound Captives’

Dr Ferenc Peter Csirkes
Assistant Professor of History
Sabanci University, Turkey

‘Why write in Turkic in Safavid Iran?’

Dr Valerie Gonzalez
independent scholar and lecturer in Islamic art history, aesthetics and visual culture.

‘The Subaltern versus the King: The Dual Semantic of Portraiture in Early Modern Persian-Mughal Painting’

Dr Selim Güngörürler
Post-doctoral researcher,
Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Istanbul

‘The Double Alienation of the Qizilbash after the Peace of Zuhab’

Emma Kalb
PhD Candidate
Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago

‘A Revolt at the Court of Ahmad Shāh: Reading Eunuchs in the Mughal World’

Hirotake Maeda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Tokyo Metropolitan University

‘Voices of Caucasians at the Safavid court: life and activities of Parsadan Gorgijanidze’

Dr. Colin Mitchell
Director of Middle East Studies Minor
Department of History
Dalhousie University

Defining and Locating Sufi Politics in the 16th-century Persianate World

Behrang Nabavi Nejad
PhD Candidate
Art History and Visual Studies
University of Victoria

‘Sādiqī bek-i Afshār and his Reception of the Simurgh Imagery’

Professor Babak Rahimi
Director of Third World Studies,
Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Religious Studies
Program for the Study of Religion,
Department of Literature, UC San Diego.

‘Writing Muharram’s Subaltern: the Early Modern European Representation of the Subaltern in the Safavid Muharram Rituals’

Dr. Alberto Tiburcio,
Research Fellow,
Philipps-Universität Marburg

‘An Armenian Convert’s Autobiographical Confession:
‘Alī Akbar Armanī’s I‘tirāf-nāmah’

Dr Barry Wood
Boğaziçi University
Istanbul, Turkey

‘The Safavid Foundation Myth in the Subaltern Imagination’