Humanities

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…

Works-in-Progress session: “Lyric Comedy in the Iberian-American Atlantic”

Published: January 27, 2022

Given by Elisabeth Le Guin (Professor of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles) and Alejandro García Sudo (Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles) This session presents an overview of Le Guin’s and Garcia Sudo’s recent explorations of the tonadilla, a type of satirical musical comedy that enjoyed outstanding popularity in Madrid, Spain, and reached…

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

Published: January 26, 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,…

MEMSA Race Reading Group

Published: January 25, 2022

The reading to be discussed is “Creating Chichimec-Uanacaze Ethnic Identity,” Chapter 4 from Angélica Jimena Afanador-Pujol’s The Relación de Michoacán: (1539-1541) and the Politics of Representation in Colonial Mexico. The Introduction to the book is also included as optional reading, which may be very helpful in providing a context for the Relación. You can find a PDF here….

Where Does Nature End and Culture Begin? Cultural Heritage between Anthropology and Epistemology

Published: January 24, 2022

Etienne Anheim (EHESS-CRH) on “Where Does Nature End and Culture Begin? Cultural Heritage between Anthropology and Epistemology” The heritage movement that affects contemporary society has continued to expand, but the notion of heritage has also diversified. One of its main divisions has been based on the opposition between cultural heritage and natural heritage, the latter…

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: John W.I. Lee

Published: January 19, 2022

Greek ‘Concubines’ and Achaemenid Dynastic Politics The civil war of 401 BC between Cyrus the Younger and his older brother King Artaxerxes II (r. 405/4-359/8 BC) is well known to Achaemenid historians, thanks especially to the famous account of Xenophon’s Anabasis.  While the military aspects of this conflict have been much studied, this lecture focuses on the two Ionian Greek women…

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

Published: January 19, 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,…

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

Published: January 12, 2022

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and the UCLA Program 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…

Ancient and Modern Categories: How Historians Formulate Race

Published: January 10, 2022

A lecture by CMRS-CEGS Associate Yonatan Binyam, President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. In this talk, Dr. Binyam reviews some of the objections against premodern race studies and clarifies some of the arguments, models, and approaches utilized in the field. More specifically, it presents…

Bilingual Lecture Series: Ahmad Ashraf

Published: January 9, 2022

چگونگی آگاهی ایرانیان از سلسله های ماد و هخامنشی How Has Iranians’ Awareness of the Medes, Achaemenids, and Parthians Been Shaped? Until the threshold of the Constitutional Revolution, Iranian historians were unaware of the Medes, Achaemenids, and even Parthian dynasties. There is, for example, no mention of the Medes, Achaemenids, and Seleucid kings in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh,…

Latest Developments in Afghanistan and Implications for Iran A Panel Discussion

Published: December 12, 2021

Ahmad Nader Nadery Former Chair of Independent Civil Service Commission in Kabul, and Member of the Peace Negotiation Team for Afghanistan The Taliban’s Return to Power and Its Implications for Afghanistan and Iran   Homeira Qaderi Afghan Writer and Women’s Rights Activist, and Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University How Women in Afghanistan have Strived for Their…

Herbals, Illustrated and Un-Illustrated: Selling Botany in Early Modern England

Published: December 8, 2021

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 2520 Cimarron Street Los Angeles, California 90018 Live American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided at this lecture. Sixteenth Kenneth Karmiole Lecture on the History of the Book Trade –given by Sarah Neville, The Ohio State University Between 1525 and 1640, the English book trade saw the production of…

Junior Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop

Published: December 3, 2021

Reading Against Distraction in Early Medieval England This session with Assistant Professor Erica Weaver (English) explores intersections of attention, obedience, and performance in 10th- and 11th-c. Benedictine monasticism as she examines these issues in her book Reading Against Distraction in Early Medieval England. Reviewers are Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia) and Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe (UC Berkeley). These workshops aim to provide quality feedback…

New Book Salon: Carla Pestana’s “The World of Plymouth Plantation”

Published: December 2, 2021

Author Carla Gardina Pestana (History, UCLA) joins Alex Mazzaferro (English, UCLA) in discussion about her new book, The World of Plymouth Plantation. Register to attend online. The English settlement at Plymouth has usually been seen in isolation. Indeed, the colonists gain our admiration in part because we envision them arriving on a desolate, frozen shore, far from assistance and forced…