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CONFERENCE: Russian Orientalism to Soviet Iranology: The Persian-speaking World And Its History Through Russian Eye

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

November 30 - December 1 2012
St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Photograph shows a man in Central Asia playing a long necked instrument called a karnay.
Date Created/Published: [between 1865 and 1872]
Source: US Library of Congress


Friday November 30

2.30 - 3.00 Registration, tea/coffee and welcome

3.00 - 5.40 Session One

Russian Orientalists in and on Central Asia
Chair: Stephanie Cronin (Oxford)

Reflections on an Orientalist: Aleksandr Kun, the man and his legacy. 
Arezou Azad (Oxford), Olga Yastrebova (St Petersburg)

Soviet Orientalism and nationalism in Central Asia: Aleksandr Semenov’s vision of a Tajik national identity
Matthias Battis (Oxford)

A Soviet “Orientalist” in private: a study of the correspondence of Olga Chekhovich
Ulfatbek Abdurasulov (Tashkent)

The Representation of Pamir and its people in Russian and Soviet ethnography
Sultonbek Aksakolov (London)

Saturday December 1

8.45 - 9.00: Registration

9.00 - 11.00 Session Two

From Russian Orientalism to Soviet Iranology: Shaping the Field
Chair: Paolo Sartori (Vienna)

The Origins of Iranian studies in Russia
Alexei A. Khismatulin (St Petersburg)

Shifting Terrain: The Geographies of Soviet Iranian Studies
Lana Ravandi-Fadai (Moscow)

Rupture or Continuity? The organisational set-up of Russian/Soviet Oriental Studies before and after 1917. 
Denis Volkov (Manchester)

11.00 - 11.30 tea/coffee

11.30 - 12.50 Session Three

Soviet Iranology: Later Developments and International Impact
Chair: Homa Katouzian (Oxford)

The History of Soviet Iranology (1917-1979)
Irina Fedorova (Moscow)

Soviet traditions and their impact on the development of international research concerning Persian diplomatic studies (documents, fermans, and chancellery affairs)
Bert Fragner (Vienna)

1.00 - 2.00 Lunch

2.00 - 3.20 Session Four

Soviet Iranian Studies and Identity Politics
Chair: Alexander Morrison (Liverpool)

The Soviet Union as a Persianate Successor State: The Perso-Soviet Cultural Relations Society, the Iranian Left, and Soviet Modernity 1941-1953
James Pickett (Princeton)

Soviet Orientalism and subaltern linguistics: the case of Kurdish
Michiel Leezenberg (Amsterdam)

3.20 - 4.00 tea/coffee

4.00 - 5.30 Round Table discussion on sources and archives

Chair: Edmund Herzig (Oxford) 
Natalie May (Berlin) 
Ali Mir-Ansari (Tehran) 
Tom Welsford (Vienna) 
Lana Ravandi-Fadai (Moscow) 

5.30 Conference ends

Convened and supported by

Convened by Professor Edmund Herzig and Dr Stephanie Cronin.
Supported by Roshan Cultural Heritage Foundation, Iran Heritage Foundation, and the Soudavar Memorial Foundation.


Attendance is free but registration in advance is required as places are limited. Please write to Dr Stephanie Cronin to reserve a place.

When & Where

November 30 - December 1 2012
St Antony’s College
University of Oxford
62 Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6JF 

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