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Sixth Biennial Conference On Iranian Studies


3 - 5 August 2006, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London


A biennial conference that includes contributions in all fields of Iranian studies, especially new areas of investigation and/or novel approaches to traditional fields.




This conference includes contributions in all fields of Iranian studies, especially new areas of investigation and/or novel approaches to traditional fields.

More than 300 presentations will be made within the context of 80 plus panels. Panel topics include: Achaemenid Era, Agrarian Transition, Ancient Art, Anti Semitism/Bahaism, Archaeology, Arsacid Era, Christian/Safavid Relations, Cinema, Clergy, Culture and Cultural Policies, Demography, Diaspora, Economic Growth and Development, Education, Far East/Persian Relations, Foreign Perceptions, Gender, Geography, Historiography, History from Below, Ilkhanid Era, Intellectual Life, Internet, Julfans Abroad, Languages, Literature (classic, contemporary, mystic, epic), NGOs, Pahlavi Era, Politics and Political Culture, Public Opinion, Qajar Era, Reconstruction, Regional Issues, Religion, Russian/Persian Relations, Safavid Era, Saljuk Era, Sasanian Era, Science and Technology (ancient and modern), Secularism, Urban Change, Zoroastrinism.

The above presentations will be supplemented by the following special programmes which are only open to conference delegates (at no extra charge):
- An Encounter with Mahshid Amirshahi (reading, discussion)
- Inside Out--Iranian Contemporary Literature in Diaspora and Translation (reading, discussion, reception)
- An Evening with Simin Behbehani (reading, discussion)
- Shirin Neshat and Tariq Ali 'In-conversation', plus the UK premiere screening of Shirin Neshat's Zarin
- Iran's Nuclear Ambitions ( a panel discussion with prominent experts)

The conference is scheduled immediately after the Centenary Conference on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, which takes place at Oxford University from 30 July to 2 August. For more details see




The primary language of the conference is English. A limited number of presentations will be made in Persian.



Organised by


International Society for Iranian Studies,
Iran Heritage Foundation,
London Middle East Institute,
Persian Cultural Foundation

in association with
American Institute of Iranian Studies,
Association for the Study of Persianate Societies,
British Institute of Persian Studies,
Foundation for Iranian Studies,
Oesterreischiche Akademie der Wissenschaften. Institut fuer Iranistik



Houshang Esfandiar Chehabi.



Farhad Hakimzadeh

Advisory committee

Katryn Babayan, Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Touraj Daryaee, Mansoureh Ettehadieh, Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Paul Losensky, Shahnaz Nadjmabadi, Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi, Mohammad Tavakoli-Targhi.

Film screenings

Francisco Machado, assisted by Nishita Sharma, Sarvenaz Fassihi and Nina Khoshnoudi.


Roya Arab, Nahid Assemi, Kaveh Hemmat, Vincenzo Paci, Evangelos Venetis, Pegah Zohouri Haghian.

Additional information

For the most updated programme, abstracts of the presentations and brief biographical information about the speakers, go to




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