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February 2016

Religious Polemic and Apocalyptic Traditions: Describing the Other

February 8, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Texts that in modern scholarship are classified as “historical apocalypses” have often been vectors of inter-religious polemic. Within the earliest Mediterranean Christian traditions (Latin-, Greek- and Syriac-language) these texts have incorporated anti-Judaic polemic, without necessarily belonging to the well defined adversus Iudaeos type compositions. On the other hand, the latter genre often included elements that originated in eschatological speculations, especially with regards to the figure of an end-time savior vs. an end-time villain, whose significance ranged from being a Messiah/Christ…

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Religious Institutions as Instruments of Achaemenid Rule in Egypt

February 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies & The Musa Sabi Term Chair of Iranian Studies present Religious Institutions as Instruments of Achaemenid Rule in Egypt Dr. Henry Colburn Getty Research Institute This talk examines some of the roles played by Egyptian temples in the implementation and maintenance of Achaemenid Persian rule in Egypt, c. 526-404 BCE, through two case studies. The first focuses on the temples established and enlarged by Darius I in the Kharga Oasis in Egypt’s western desert.…

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October 2016

Book Talk: When Hajji Baba Met Frankenstein: The Middle Eastern Encounter with the Scientific Revolution

October 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Love of Strangers- What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London In 1815, the Iranian Crown Prince ‘Abbas Mirza dispatched six young men to travel to England in search of the technological ‘new sciences’. One of these students, Mirza Salih Shirazi, recorded their experiences of almost four years of study in a journal that describes their engagement with a wide range of scientific discoveries. Included in their studies were the new approaches to medicine, physics and theology that…

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Celebrating the Ghaznavids: Representations of Court Culture in Medieval Persian Poetry

October 26, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The first substantial amount of classical Persian poetry dates from the 11th century. A large part of this poetry has been composed for the Ghaznavid dynasty (11th-12th century), who ruled semi-independently over large territories of the eastern caliphate. The poetry produced for this dynasty has been of vital importance for the development of a flourishing poetical tradition in the centuries to follow. In this talk, I will discuss one of the major genres of court poetry, the qasida, using some…

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November 2016

The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt

November 10, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented by Omnia El Shakry, Associate Professor of History at UC Davis What might it mean to think through psychoanalysis and Islam together, not as a problem, but as a creative encounter of ethical engagement? Traversing literatures minor and major, Omnia El Shakry shows how postwar thinkers in Egypt translated and blended psychoanalytic theories with classical Islamic concepts. El Shakry explores how Freudian ideas of the unconscious were crucial to the formation of modern discourses of subje ctivity in fields…

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New Archaeological Discoveries in Israel: the Case of Samson in Stone -Lecture by Jodi Magness

November 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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December 2016

New Light on the Egyptian Origin of the Hebrew Alphabet

December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - December 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The publication of a new inscription from Theban Tomb 99 sheds new light on the early history of the Hebrew Alphabet.  This ostracon is a bilingual “abecedary” written in Egyptian Hieroglyphic and Semitic.  It gives further evidence for an Egyptian connection to the origins of the early Hebrew alphabet. Sponsored by the UCLA Near Eastern Languages & Cultures Cosponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies UCLA College of Humanities Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies Cotsen Institute…

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February 2017

Roma Aeterna in the Middle Ages

February 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The medieval sources produced in Rome and about Rome collectively exhibit a singular characteristic  which scholars have not yet adequately identified or addressed as a uniquely Roman feature. In contrast with most other cities and institutions, Rome and its church did not develop the diachronic relationship with their memory and territory that would have resulted in the writing of chronicles and annals. Instead, Roman historical writing adopted a synchronic approach that mirrored the conceptual structure expressed in rituals, catalogues, and…

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March 2017

Iran-China Relations in a Changing World

March 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian As two great civilizations with an illustrious imperial past, Iran and China have a long history of trade, political and cultural ties that go back to the ancient Silk Road more than 2100 years ago.  Islam was introduced to China by Persian speaking Muslims.  Currently, China has more than 30 million Muslims living primarily in the Western part of the country. Against this historical backdrop, Iran and China have witnessed an impressive expansion of their bilateral…

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The Anatomy of Loyalty and Patterns of Patronage in the Religio-political Culture of Sixteenth Century Iran

March 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Khafipour discusses the spiritual dimensions of political loyalty that was instrumental in the formation of strong ties between the Safavid rulers and their chiefs at the epicenter of the order, where power was continually contested. Drawing on a wide variety of historical and literary sources, Islamic theology, and theories of power, he discusses the anatomy of political loyalty among the early Safavids within the context of early modern state formation and posits that hierarchies of spiritual power inherent in…

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Speed Dating (Artifacts) In Ancient Egypt

March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ever wanted to know how to date an Egyptian statue? What makes an Amenhotep III face recognizable? How can you tell if a piece was recarved? What about the dating of Egyptian non-royal objects? This workshop will teach some of the tricks of the trade – using the shape of an eye, or a drooping lotus, or a distinctive belly button – as well as introducing the standards of portraiture. Come and learn to date Egyptian artifacts like a pro.

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April 2017

Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance

April 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak Bud o Nemud-e Sokhan (Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance) brings together twenty select articles which Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak has written and published in the Persian language over three decades of academic service in the United States, and which have a bearing on a novel understanding of the history of Persian Literature. In an extensive Introductory essay, the author relates each of the works he analyzes and interprets to its specific social context and…

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Senenmut Redivivus: The Interesting Life & Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Official

April 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Senenmut was one of ancient Egypt’s most famous personalities: chief minister and possible lover of Queen Hatshepsut (c. 1473-1478), Egypt’s female pharaoh. More monuments are known for Senenmut than for any other official of the New Kingdom, implying his exceptional status during life. Recently, an unassuming stone fragment in the Manchester Museum, UK, proved the existence of yet another statue of Senenmut. This lecture will present this rediscovery, and attempt to explain the significance of the man, his monuments and…

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May 2017

Lost Souls: Photography of African Eunuchs & Female Servants in Qajar Iran

May 1, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in English by Pedram Khosronejad The focus of scholars of photography of Qajar Iran, remains fixed solely on photographic content, without any consideration of the materiality of photographic form. Recognizing photographs as material culture is a way to address such a blind spot, and suggests that any methodological use of them requires a more complex and subtle approach. Photographs of enslaved children, women and men in Iran during the Qajar period provide compelling and haunting documentation of individuals…

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September 2017

2017 Fall Reception

September 27, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures 2017 Fall Reception   Lunch and Refreshments will be served Join us to kick off the new academic year! Name* First Last Affiliation?* FacultyGraduate StudentStaffOther Can Attend? Yes No RSVP Total* Vegetarian* Yes No This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms. jQuery(document).ready(function($){gformInitSpinner( 39, ‘http://nelc.ucla.edu/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/images/spinner.gif’ );jQuery(‘#gform_ajax_frame_39’).load( function(){var contents = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘*’).html();var is_postback = contents.indexOf(‘GF_AJAX_POSTBACK’) >= 0;if(!is_postback){return;}var form_content = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘#gform_wrapper_39’);var is_confirmation = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘#gform_confirmation_wrapper_39’).length > 0;var is_redirect = contents.indexOf(‘gformRedirect(){‘) >=…

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Undergraduate Ice Cream Social/Open House

September 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and learn about the different majors and minors offered by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Meet other students in the majors and minors and current faculty. non-dairy options will be avilable Event Flyer RSVP Name First Last Email Affiliation UndergraduateGraduateFaculty This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms. jQuery(document).ready(function($){gformInitSpinner( 42, ‘http://nelc.ucla.edu/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/images/spinner.gif’ );jQuery(‘#gform_ajax_frame_42’).load( function(){var contents = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘*’).html();var is_postback = contents.indexOf(‘GF_AJAX_POSTBACK’) >= 0;if(!is_postback){return;}var form_content = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘#gform_wrapper_42’);var is_confirmation = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘#gform_confirmation_wrapper_42’).length > 0;var is_redirect = contents.indexOf(‘gformRedirect(){‘)…

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Fellowship Funding Workshop

September 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Interested in learning more about the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM), Graduate Research Mentorship (GRM), Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) and other extramural funding opportunities? Want to know what it takes to make a successful proposal? Funding Workshop hosted by Dr. Cherie Francis from UCLA Graduate Fellowships and Financial Services. 2017 Funding Workshop Name First Last Email Department? Comparative LiteratureNELCSlavic if(typeof gf_global == ‘undefined’) var gf_global = {“gf_currency_config”:{“name”:”U.S. Dollar”,”symbol_left”:”$”,”symbol_right”:””,”symbol_padding”:””,”thousand_separator”:”,”,”decimal_separator”:”.”,”decimals”:2},”base_url”:”http://nelc.ucla.edu/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms”,”number_formats”:[],”spinnerUrl”:”http://nelc.ucla.edu/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/images/spinner.gif”};jQuery(document).bind(‘gform_post_render’, function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 41) {} } );jQuery(document).bind(‘gform_post_conditional_logic’, function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} );…

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October 2017

Greater Glory: Darius I and Divinity in Achaemenid Royal Ideology

October 4, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Matthew Waters (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) The close link between the king and the divine has deep roots in Near Eastern royal ideologies, and the Persian kings during the Achaemenid period (c. 550-330 BCE) followed this tradition. Exactly how close was the link? Recent studies suggest a blurred line between the two especially during at least some parts of the Neo-Assyrian period. However one chooses to answer that question for the Achaemenids, the king is to be considered a fulcrum.…

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Sexuality and Cultural Change in Iranian Cinema

October 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 8, 2017. The history of Iranian cinema adequately reflects the construction of gender in Iran. But the expression of sexuality is a problematic notion on a number of levels. In western societies, the preoccupation with human sexuality prompted reflection about human physiology, gender identity, and ethical considerations, resulting in the perception of sex as ontologically separate from mere reproduction, eventually facilitating sexual expression. In traditional segments of Iranian society,…

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What Kind of Wine did Rudaki fancy?

October 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A lecture in English by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 09, 2017. One of the earliest Persian poets, Rudaki (859–941), employed the word wine within a wide semantic register in his poems. However, his unicity is most manifest when the process of wine making within a highly allegorical poem entitled “Mother of Wine” is depicted. Through contextual, historical, and discursive analyses, it is argued that this poem—written in the form of a qasideh—was composed for the purpose of being performed…

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