Humanities

Works-in-Progress session: “Early Modern Multiplicities”

Published: March 1, 2022

Given by Carina Johnson (Professor of History, Pitzer College and Extended Faculty, Claremont Graduate University) and Ayesha Ramachandran (Associate Professor, Comparative Literature and Chair of the Program in Renaissance Studies, Yale University) Respondent: Lisa Voigt (Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, The Ohio State University) This session presents a collaborative experiment in cross-disciplinary engagement: Johnson, a…

Bilingual Lecture Series: The Collective for Black Iranians

Published: February 27, 2022

A Talk with the Collective for Black Iranians: On the Importance of Centering Erased Black and Afro Iranian Histories from Iran and the Diaspora A Panel Discussion Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 11:30am Pacific Time via Zoom Panel in Persian and English Registration Required Please join the UCLA Program of Iranian Studies and the UCLA…

Works-in-Progress session: “Revelatory Lines: Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione’s Monotypes, 1637–1655”

Published: February 24, 2022

Presented by Drew Erin Becker Lash, Ph.D. Student, University of California, Los Angeles Hosted by the Early Modern Research Group Online event via Zoom To register for this event, please email the Early Modern Research Group. This presentation examines a small number of works on paper by the seventeenth-century Genoese artist, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. Exploring…

A Two-Way Road: Comparative Anthropology of Eros and Sensuality in Latin Elegy and the Greek Novel

Published: February 23, 2022

A lecture by Romain Brethes (Sciences Politiques, Paris), part of the Winter 2022 CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar, Classics 250, “Eros. Amor. The Erotic Cultures of the Early Global World” taught by Professor Giulia Sissa (Political Science and Classics). One of the emerging questions facing scholars of the Greek novel, and imperial Greek literature more generally, is the question of whether Greek…

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Kianoosh Rezania

Published: February 23, 2022

How Did the Ancient Iranians Coordinate Space? On the Old Iranian Absolute Frame of Reference For verbal expression and nonverbal cognitive processing of spatial relations between two objects, the speakers of a language use different frames of reference. (Psycho)linguistics classifies these into three main groups: intrinsic, relative, and absolute. This lecture aims to identify the…

From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Published: February 23, 2022

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā,…

Invisible Persons, Invisible Texts: Translation and Translators in Medieval and Modern Afghanistan and the West

Published: February 17, 2022

Winter New Book Salon A book panel on Zrinka Stahuljak’s Les Fixeurs au Moyen âge – Histoire et littérature connectées with Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA), Jawanshir Rasikh (Independent Scholar), and Arezou Azad (Oxford). Discussant: Domenico Ingenito (UCLA). Register to attend on Zoom. Organized by the UCLA Program on Central Asia. Afghanistan through Afghan Voices is a series of…

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Céline Redard

Published: February 16, 2022

Current Trends in Avestan Studies This lecture discusses the major progress made in our understanding of the Avestan corpus/texts in the last years. Based on her recent publication co-written with Jean Kellens, L’introduction à l’Avesta, Céline Redard introduces the new vision of the Avesta, leading to the new editions currently undertaken. The important ritual aspect…

From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Published: February 16, 2022

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s…

Bilingual Lecture Series: Ali Banuazizi

Published: February 14, 2022

Iranian Cultural Identity and the Politics of Religious Nationalism The lecture begins with an exploration of the various bases for Iranian “cultural identity” (Iraniyat)—including a long pre-Islamic legacy, the Persian language, Shi’ism, and the bonds and affinities among a people who have inhabited roughly the same territory for nearly three millennia. It makes a distinction…

Bilingual Lecture Series: Ali Banuazizi

Published: February 13, 2022

هویت فرهنگی، ملی گرائی، و ناسیونالیسم اسلامی در ایران / Iranian Cultural Identity and the Politics of Religious Nationalism The lecture begins with an exploration of the various bases for Iranian “cultural identity” (Iraniyat)—including a long pre-Islamic legacy, the Persian language, Shi’ism, and the bonds and affinities among a people who have inhabited roughly the…

Elliott Piros | Purple Motion: Pantomime Dance in Martial’s Epigrams

Published: February 11, 2022

This event will be held in person and on zoom. For in-person non-UCLA attendees, please note UCLA policy for visitors here. All attendees must take the UCLA Covid Symptom Monitoring Survey, show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test, and wear a surgical or N/K95 mask (no cloth masks). To join by Zoom, please…

Works-in-Progress session: “Regency Noir: Romance, Race, and the Rise of ‘The Woman of Colour’”

Published: February 11, 2022

by Leigh-Michil George (English/Humanities Educator, Department of English, Geffen Academy, UCLA) Zoom event This talk reimagines the term “Regency Noir” as encompassing two different strands of Regency romance-inspired narratives which foreground Black characters. The first strand of Regency Noir follows historical events, while the second strand presents alternative history storylines. An example of the first…

POSTPONED – Magdeburg, 1554: Flacius Illyricus Applies for a Grant

Published: February 10, 2022

POSTPONED. A new date will be announced soon. A lecture by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University). Ecclesiastical history began in the 1550s, when the Lutheran Matthias Flacius Illyricus organized a collaborative century-by-century history of Christianity. This confessional project never reached completion, and its thick volumes met with severe criticism from co-religionists as well as Catholics. Nonetheless,…

From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Published: February 9, 2022

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā,…

As Inconvenient and Offensive as Abundance

Published: February 7, 2022

Adam Talib on “As Inconvenient and Offensive as Abundance.” This lecture is part of the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory co-directed by Giulia Sissa (Political Science/Classics) and Zrinka Stahuljak (Comparative Literature/ELTS). Generously sponsored by the Dean of Humanities and the Dean of Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies. Register to…

Works-in-Progress session: “Orality, Writing, and Authentication”

Published: February 2, 2022

by Rebecca Jean Emigh (Professor of Sociology, UCLA) When speaking to a person face to face—which Berger and Luckmann consider to be “prototypical” communication—authenticity, truth, and social position can be judged by seeing, listening, and speaking. Seeing and listening allows individuals to judge a person’s appearance and demeanor and thus understand their intentionality and positionality….

From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Published: February 2, 2022

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s…

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Eberhard Sauer

Published: January 28, 2022

From the Gorgan Wall to the Alan Gates/Dariali: The Northern Defenses of the Sasanian Empire A lecture by Eberhard W. Sauer Based on collaborative research with Jebrael Nokandeh, Hamid Omrani Rekavandi, Lana Chologauri and Davit Naskidashvili   It was only in December 2005 that radiocarbon samples established beyond doubt a Sasanian-era construction date for the…