12:00pm, Friday, 4/25. Iran Colloquium: Charles Melville, Professor of Persian, Cambridge University, “New Light on Shah ‘Abbas and the Construction of Isfahan.” Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall.

Friday, 4/25 - Sunday, 4/27. Rosenthal Conference: Graeco-Arabica Present State and Future Prospects of an Emerging Field Room 211, HGS, 320 York.

11:30am, Monday, 4/28. Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, “When Forecasts Fail: Unpredictability in Israeli-Palestinian Interaction.” Room 202, Rosenkranz Hall, 115 Prospect.

Airstrikes Against Syria? ­ Five experts on the Middle East and on American Foreign Policy debate how America should react to what was, according to intelligence sources, the use of chemical weapons in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21. (Watch Video).


Iranian Studies

May 1 - 2, 2014 • Loria Center, 190 York.

The interconnected histories of the Persophone empires of the early modern Muslim world have been a subject of historical inquiry for several years. Works of art and architecture served to both unify these diverse and multi-confessional sites, as well as to distinguish them. The 15th century onward is often defined by new subjectivities in the literary and visual arts, from the composition of autobiographies to an emphasis on verisimilitude and portraiture. New technologies affected architectural production, and a broadening social sphere changed the way in which urban spaces were described and experienced. This symposium builds on the comparative framework of earlier studies, to focus on the themes of expression and emotion, as forms of artistic agency in the early modern Muslim world.