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Lectures

Qajar Persia: A Lecture Series


This series of lectures has been organised by the Iran Heritage Foundation and the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (SOAS) in conjunction with the 'Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar Epoch 1785-1925' exhibition which will be on display at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS from 6 July until 30 September 1999. The lectures focus on two aspects of the Qajar period. The first provides an introduction to the art and architecture of Qajar Persia. The second focuses on the contact between Europe and Persia during that same period.

PROGRAMME

PART I: QAJAR ART & ARCHITECTURE

24 June, 6pm -7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Basil W. Robinson: An Introduction to Qajar Painting.
Personal reminiscences ranging from the discovery of the large collections of Qajar art at the Victoria and Albert Museum to an appreciation of Qajar painting.

2 July, 6pm -7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Dr. Layla S. Diba (Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York): The Power of Images: Art and Representation in 19th Century Iran.
An exploration of the psychological and social significance of Qajar imagery, focusing on the reign of Fath Ali Shah.

7 July, 6pm - 7pm
G2 Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Dr. Adel Adamova (Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg): The Collection of Qajar Paintings in the Hermitage Museum.
A survey of one of the most unique collection of Qajar paintings, some of which will be on view in the 'Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar Epoch 1785-1925' exhibition.

16 July, 6pm - 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Farzaneh Pirouz-Moussavi (Oxford University, Oxford): Images of Qajar Women.
The evolution of the image of women in Qajar society as shown in the female-motif in Qajar painting from Fath Ali Shah to Nasir al-Din Shah.

20 July, 6pm - 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
A. A. Bakhtiar: Domestic Architecture in 19th Century Isfahan.
An analysis of the factors shaping and influencing the development of provincial architectural styles in Qajar Persia.

28 July, 6pm - 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Jennifer Scarce (previously of the National Museum of Scotland): Decoration and Propaganda - The Varied Roles of Tilework in the Architecture of Qajar Iran.
An evaluation of the main features of Qajar tilework through a comparative analysis of examples from both Fath Ali Shah's and Nasir al-Din Shah's reigns.

Part II: QAJAR PERSIA AND THE WEST:

Envoys, Travellers and Archeologists

24 August, 6pm - 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Margaret Morris Cloake: Mirza Abul Hasan - Persian Ambassador to the Court of King George.
An insightful account of Mirza Abul Hasan's ten month stay in London in 1809-10 and his impressions of English mores and manners.

31 August, 6pm - 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Dr. Nicole Chevalier (Musee du Louvre, Paris): French Archeologists in Persia.
French archeological interest in Persia from Pascal Coste & Eugene Flandin to Jacques de Morgan and the 'Delegation scientifique francaise en Perse'.

8 September, 6pm - 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Sir Denis Wright (former British Ambassador to Iran): The British in Qajar Persia.
Britain's involvement in Iranian affairs in the context of the perceived threat from Russia's expansionist policies and a growing concern for the defence of India.

14 September, 6pm - 7pm Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Elena Andreeva (New York Univeristy, New York): Russian Traveller to Iran in the 19th Century and their Travelogues.
An examination of Persian culture as reflected in Russian travelogues of the 19th century.

22 September, 6pm - 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Dr. Vesta Curtis (British Museum, London): The British and Archeology in 19th Century Persia.
A summary of British archeological interest and activities in Persia during the 19th century.

29 September, 6pm - 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Prof. Jean and Dr. Jacqueline Calmard (CNRS and Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes, IVe Section, Paris): French Presence in Persia under Fath Ali Shah Qajar.
A general survey of published and unpublished material relative to French observations of early Qajar Persia.

4 October, 6pm - 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Dr. Shireen Mahdavi (Utah University, Salt Lake City): Reflections in the Mirror: How Each Saw the Other.
19th century views of European and Persian women of each other based on travel accounts, memoirs and personal observation.

Additional support for this lecture series has been provided by Asia House, John Eskenazi and I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

For further information contact the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS at, Tel: 0171 323 6239, Fax: 0171 637 4248, E-mail: cnmes@soas.ac.uk.

 

 

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