Conference Programme (17th to 19th June 2016)


Culture and Cultural Production in Iran: Past and Present

A conference funded by the Honeyman Foundation, School of Modern Languages and Institute of Iranian Studies

Venue: The Byre Theatre, Abbey St, St Andrews, KY16 9LA 

Friday 17th June

8.30-9.00: Late registration

9.00-9.45: Introduction

Culture and Cultural Production in Iran: Past and Present//Saeed Talajooy (PhD), Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Persian, University of St Andrews

Panel One (History of Cultural Production): 9.45-10.45

Patronage Mode of Literary Production in Medieval Iran: A Historical Overview//Salour Evaz Malayeri, PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews

Cultural Production in Post-revolutionary Iran: An Analysis of Literary Change in the Persian Fiction During Iran’s Reform Era//Mahtab Saadatmandi, University of St Andrews (In Persian)


 Coffee Break 10.45-11.15 


Panel Two (Visual Arts and Performance): (11.15-13.15)

Poetry and Performance in Contemporary Tehran//Pardis Minuchehr (PhD), Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Culture, George Washington University

 Singing for the System, Singing in Dissent – the Politics of Madh in the Islamic Republic//Maryam Aras, PhD Candidate, Cologne University

 Surrealist Art in Iran as a Strategy for Avoiding Censorship//Aida Foroutan (PhD), University of Manchester

In Search of Abstraction in the Safavid Adaptations of Chinese Blue-and-white Porcelain//Amelia Macioszek – PhD candidate; Free University Berlin, Germany

Buffet Lunch 13.15-14.00 


Panel Three (Cinema): 14.00-16.00

Retranslation and Remediation of A Thousand and One Nights//Khatereh Sheibani (PhD), Assistant Professor of Persian, York University, Canada

 The Zigzag Path, the Lone Tree: Where is my Friend’s Home? Thirty Years Later//Farshad Zahedi (PhD), Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Carlos III de Madrid

The Object-Voice: The Acousmatic Voice in the New Iranian Cinema//Farshid Kazemi, PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh

Tehran’s genius loci in Iranian Cinema//Maryam Ghorbankarimi (PhD), University of St Andrews


Coffee Break 16.00-16.30


Panel Four: (Cinema): 16.30-18.00

Cinema and the Negotiation of Modernity in Iran//Parviz Jahed, Film Critic and PhD Student, University of St Andrews

 Shi’a Islamism and Iranian National Identity: In Morteza Avini’s War Documentaries//Kaveh Abbasian, PhD candidate, Roehampton University of London

 On the Tensions of Popular Culture: the Case of Tahmineh Milani//Taraneh Dadar (PhD), Queen Mary University of London


 Play + Q & A  (19.00-22.00)

Free by Prebooking:  [email protected]

A play by “Daritsche” Theatre Group

 در حضور باد

In the Presence of the Wind (Bahram Beyzaie)

Director: Niloofar Beyzaie 

Cast: Behrokh Babai,  Manutscher Radin,  Farhang Kassraei

Venue: The Barron Theatre, 91 North Street, St andrews KY16 9AD

 Performed in Persian

 The play opens in the middle of a discussion among three people about the high values and importance of “reconciliation” and “unity”. During the discussion one of the characters plays an intermediary role while they are all trying to identify who is responsible  for the contradictory problems their society. Each considers himself as the better human being. Meanwhile they gradually become more brutal in their behaviors towards each other …

نمایش در میانه ی بحثی میان سه نفر درمورد اهمیت «تفاهم» و «آشتی» آغاز می شود. یکی از سه نفر نقش میانجی را به عهده می گیرد. هر یک بدنبال«مقصر» تناقضات موجود در جامعه می گردد و خود را بهتر و انسان تر از دیگران توصیف می کند. هر چه بحث پیشتر می رود، برخورد آنها با یکدیگرخشن تر می شود و


Saturday 18th June 2016

Panel Five (Architecture): 9.00-11.00

Chār- tāghi: One Form and Multiple Readings of the Past//Niloofar Kakhi (PhD), Research Associate, University of St Andrews

 The Proliferation of Pastiche and Kitsch: Terminal Decline or a Transitional Phase//Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian, Independent Scholar and Writer

 “Islamic Architecture”: Fallacy or Reality?//Dariush Borbor (PhD), Director, Research Institute and Library of Iranian Studies (RILIS),

Long Lasting Ancient Iranian Artistic Production: Original and Syncretistic Aspects//Bruno Genito, Professor of Iranian and Art and Archaeology, Dipartimento Asia, Africa and Mediterraneo, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”.


Coffee Break 11.00-11.30


Panel Six  (Translation and Education): (11.30-13.00)

Art and Persian Language Teaching//Mahbod Ghaffari (PhD), Teaching Associate, University of Cambridge

Challenges of Matching Two Cultures: Translating Measurement Units and Family Relationships into Persian//Mohammad Emami (PhD), University of Oxford

Telling the Stories of One Thousand and One Nights in Iranian Primary Schools//Monireh Partovi (PhD), Research Associate, University of Cambridge


Buffet Lunch 13.00-14.00 


Panel Seven (Music): 14.00-16.00

Historicizing Ibtizal as a Counter-Aesthetics Corporeal Criterion//Ida Meftahi (PhD), Visiting Assistant Professor in Contemporary Iranian Culture and Society Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland (17.30-18.00)

Lalehzar: What It Was and What It Became//Jane Lewisohn (PhD), Research Associate Music, SOAS, University of London

“Not for Motrebs”: Who Owns ‘Morgh-e Sahar’?//GJ Breyley (PhD), Research Fellow, Monash University

The Image of Female Performers in Iran: Past and Present//Parmis Mozafari (PhD), Research Fellow, University of St Andrews


 Coffee Break 16.00-16.30 


Panel Eight (One Paper and Keynote Speech [History]): 16.30-18.00

Poems and Paintings as Public Ambiance for Discourse: Lingo-Visual Re-expression of the Poetry of Shafii Kadkani//Pari Azarm Motamedi, Artist and Scholar

 The Analytics of Cultural Production: From Cultural Prognosis to Cultural Engineering//Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, Professor of Iranian History, University of Toronto (17.00-18.00)


Conference Dinner 19.00-22.00  (The Byre Theatre, KY16 9LA) 


Sunday 19th June 2016

 Panel Nine (Literature: Poetry): 9.00-11.00

 Subversion of Established Traditions through Upholding the Women’s Cause: Mo’juz of Shabustar, a Case Study//Hadi Sultan Qurraei (PhD), Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature, DLI Institute, USA.

An Irigarayian Reading of Ethical Subjectivity in Iranian Women’s Poetry from the Constitution to the Pahlavi Period//Mahrokh Hosseini, PhD Candidate in Gender Studies, University of Sussex

 The Dialogue between the Avant-garde Persian Poetry of the 1920s and the European Literary Movements of the 1890s to 1920s//Farshad Sonboldel, PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews

“Other City” A Study of the representation of Tehran in “The Contemporary Iranian Photography”//Mohammadreza Mirzaei, Independent scholar and visual artist, Iran


Coffee Break 11.00-11.30


Panel Ten (Kurdish Literature): 11.30-13.00

Modernity and Kurdish Literature//Marouf Cabi, PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews

Kurdish Novel: from Writing in Kurdish as a Political Act to Aesthetic Political Writing//Kaveh Ghobadi (PhD), University of Exeter

Poetics of Change: Modern Kurdish Poetry and the Question of Nationalism and Modernity//Farangis Ghaderi (PhD), University of Exeter


 Buffet Lunch 13.00-14.00


Panel Eleven (Persian Fiction): 14.00-15.30

The Coded Language and the Critical Content of Fiction in Contemporary Iran//Saeid Hooshangi (PhD), Professor of Iranian Studies, Complutense University of Madrid-Spain

Narrating Identity in the House of Language: Hushang Golshiri’s Ayneha-ye Dardar/Shuttered Mirrors (1992) //Fatemeh Khansalar, Graduate student, University of St Andrews

Exploring the Identity Problem in Houshang Golshiri’s Prince Ehtejab// Bahar Abdi, Graduate Student, University of St Andrews


Coffee Break 15.30-16.00


Panel Twelve (Literature) Keynote Speech  (16.00-17.00)

Embodying the Spirit of Persian Literature: The Rise of Tehran University’s Faculty of Literature and the Human Sciences//Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Professor of Persian Language, Literature and Culture, University of Maryland

End of Programme



The conference has been funded by the Honeyman Foundation, School of Modern Languages (University of St Andrews), and Institute of Iranian Studies (University of St Andrews). 

The Honeyman foundation was established by the generosity of A.M. (Sandy) Honeyman, a former Professor in the University of St Andrews in 1985  with the aim of encouraging education and research in general and study of Middle Eastern languages and cultures, in particular.