As one of the the major tributaries of the Institute of Iranian Studies, the forum for the cultural studies of Iran which is based at the School of Modern Langauges aspires to encourage the application of the evolving approaches to the study of culture to the history of artistic production in Iran. The unifying element of the forum, therefore, is artistic cultural production and the spaces in which it has occurred as an aesthetic, economic, sociopolitical phenomenon in Iran. We are  interested in the role cultural products have played in the expansion of the concept of art and ‘the redistribution of the sensible’— what can be seen and heard in society due to the machination of political, cultural and religious aesthetics that confine these sounds and images in a hierarchical system of values. The forum, thus, aims to encourage analytical and theoretical discussions on the multiplicity of locations that art (literature, cinema, theatre, music, dance, visual arts, architecture, etc.) occupies in Iranian discourse on modernity and post-industrial contemporaneity.

Links to the Research Centres:

Institute of Iranian Studies

Persian Language and Litertaure at St Andrews


Academic Programmes: 


UG Programmes: More than 100 Joint and Triple Honours Combinations

Persian Programmes

History: Including Middle Eastern History


MLitt in Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies

MLitt in Iranian Studies

PGR (Research Fields):

Politcal and Cultural History: Professor Ali Ansari

Persian Litertaure and Cultural Studies:  Dr Saeed Talajooy

Iranian Cinema: Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi

Ancient History: Professor Thomas Harisson

Art History: Dr Ilse Sturkenboom

Social Media:

Facebook Page of the Institute of Iranian Studies