This seminar provides a forum for faculty, students, and other participants to explore, challenge, and discuss new research in the field of Persian and Persianate studies. It brings into focus a vast linguistic and cultural complex once stretching from the Balkans in the West all the way to Baghdad, Bukhara, and Bengal in the East where Persian was a model for high culture and literary achievements. The seminar seeks to investigate the literary and cultural productions of the Persianate complex in the Islamic period, while fostering methodological diversity and comparative approaches across the humanities.

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Past Events 2017 - 18

Hajnalka Kovacs, Harvard University
Bedil's Poetics of the Inexpressible

Past Events 2016 - 17

Pollet Samvelian, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Specific Features of Persian Syntax: The Ezâfe Construction, Differential Object Marking, and Complex Predicates
Domenico Ingenito, University of California, Los Angeles
Through the Mirror of My Fantasies: The Sacred, the Courtly, and the Obscene in Sa'di's Lyricism
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Brandeis University
Remembering the Palestine Group: Memory, History, and the Iranian Revolution
Matthew C. Smith, Harvard University
Betrayed By Earth and Sky: Poetry of Disaster and Restoration in 18th Century Iran
Michelle Quay, Cambridge University
The Female "Saints" of Islam: Corporeality in Medieval Persian and Arabic Hagiography
Matthew Thomas Miller, University of Maryland, College Park
Poetic Performance as Argument: Hasan the Singer’s Embodied Performance-cum-Defense of Sufi (Homo)eroticism in ‘Erâqi’s Hagiography
Gohar Homayounpour, Shahid Beheshti University Tehran
Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran: Triumphs and Laments