Manchester University to Hold Iran Art, Architecture Conference

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 11:08

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester will hold a two-day conference on ‘Modern Iranian Art and Architecture in the Shadow of the Classical Persian Past.’

According to the website of the varsity, the conference is slated for May 17-18 at the John Rylands Library in central Manchester.

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies has been in existence at the University of Manchester since the beginning of the last century, and Persian and other Iranian languages have long been taught there, alongside Arabic, Aramaic, Syriac and Turkish. The conference will bring together scholars who are working in Persian/Iranian art and architecture.

Deadline for submission of articles is February 28. Proposals are to be sent to

The academic work is divided into two fields. One is the widely studied historical field with its focus on pre-modern, medieval and ancient Persian art and architecture; the other is the field of modern and contemporary Iranian art and architecture. The problem arises in the fact that there is often little communication or appreciation between these two fields.

The conference seeks to map the diverse historiographies of Iranian art inside Iran and abroad with regard to their socio-political context: it is hoped that papers that take up this theme will discuss innovative ways which highlight the role of art historical narratives in different educational, social and psychological levels in modern Iran.


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