SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

Statement from Valerie Amos, 
SOAS Director

The Director of the London Middle East Institute (LMEI), Dr Hassan Hakimian, has decided to step down after nearly ten years in the role, with effect from October 2019, and will be leaving SOAS shortly thereafter. 

I would like to place on record my sincere thanks for all the work Dr Hakimian has done during his period as Director. 

The London Middle East Institute was established in 2002 to foster scholarly and public interest in the MENA region. Dr Hakimian leaves the LMEI in a stronger position than the one he inherited in 2010 and both I and the School are extremely grateful to him as a result. 

The support team at LMEI – Louise Hosking and Vincenzo Paci in particular – have also chosen to leave SOAS at this time and I would like to thank them for all their hard work and wish them well in all their future endeavours.

Given these imminent changes, and the 17-year history of the LMEI, the time seems propitious for SOAS to review the structure, functioning and purpose of the LMEI as a whole. One option we are considering is whether to bring the LMEI formally into SOAS to take its place alongside our other regional institutes. To be clear, the LMEI will continue to be a valued part of SOAS moving forward.

It is not envisaged that any changes would affect the existing Centres within LMEI, the Centre for Iranian Studies and the Centre for Palestinian Studies.

We value the many relationships and partnerships LMEI has developed with its many stakeholders over time and want to ensure that these continue and flourish.

Best wishes,

Valerie Amos

About the Centre for Iranian Studies

Narguess Farzad

The Centre for Iranian Studies was established in 2010 under the umbrella of the London Middle East Institute at SOAS

The Centre for Iranian Studies draws on the range of academic research and teaching across the disciplines of SOAS, including Languages and Literature, the Study of Religions, History, Economics, Politics, International Relations, Music, Art and Media and Film Studies. 

The Centre organises lectures, seminars and conferences, holds regular film screenings and other events. The Centre is dedicated to promoting high quality research on Iran, including in collaboration with other such centres in the UK, in Iran and internationally. It aims to build cordial relations with the various diasporic communities in London and to showcase and foster the best of contemporary Iranian talent in the arts, music, digital culture and film.

Ms Narguess Farzad
Chair, Centre for Iranian Studies

Contact the Centre for Iranian Studies

Address: Centre for Iranian Studies, London Middle East Institute, SOAS, University of London, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EA. United Kingdom. 

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7898 4330

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