BEST PAPER PRIZES

Recognising excellence in research and presentation

Our growing portfolio of best paper awards are generously donated by private foundations, charities, and publishers, and include a mix of cash and book prizes

Recognising excellence in research and presentation

Our growing portfolio of best paper awards are generously donated by private foundations, charities, and publishers, and include a mix of cash and book prizes

Best Paper Awardees

Second Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies
8–9 April 2015, Downing College, University of Cambridge

Ana Marija Grbanovic (SOAS), Richard Piran McClary (Edinburgh), and Robert Hillenbrand (St Andrews)

Ancient India and Iran Trust Prize for the Best Paper on Pre-Islamic Iran

Aleksander Engeskaug, MA ‘14, University of Bergen, Norway
Villages and Rural Settlements in the Imperial Economy of Sasanian Persia

Honourable Mentions

  • Raul Vitor Rodrigues Peixoto, Ph.D Candidate ’17, University of Brasília & Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
    The Levelling of the Earth and the River of Molten Metal: Influences of the Great Bundahishn in the Ethiopian Book of Enoch (Book of Parables)
  • Breton Langendorfer, Ph.D Candidate ’17, University of Pennsylvania, USA
    Achaemenid Syntax: Architecture, Metalware and Modularity

Brill Publisher’s Best Paper Prize in Iranian Architecture History

Richard Piran McClary, Ph.D Candidate ’15, University of Edinburgh, UK
From Nakhchivān to Kemah: The Western Extent of Persianate Funerary Architecture in the 6th/12th Century

Honourable Mentions

  • Ana-Maria Grbanovic, MA ’14, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
    A Re-examination of the Ilkhanid Buq’a Pie-e Bakran’s Decoration and its Aesthetics
  • Agnieszka Lic, Ph.D Candidate ’16, University of Oxford, UK
    Sasanian Motifs in Christian Stucco Decorations in Mesopotamia and the Gulf Regions in Late Antiquity

Brill Publisher’s Best Paper Prize in Iranian Art History

Ilse Sturkenboom, Ph.D Candidate ’15, University of Vienna, Austria, and University of Bamberg, Germany
The Paintings of the ‘Freer Dīvān’ of Ahmad Jalā’ir as Non-Illustrative Designs

Honourable Mentions

  • Mohamad Reza Ghiasian, Ph.D Candidate ’15, University of Bamberg, Germany
    The Topkapı Manuscript of Jami’ al-Tawarikh (H. 1654) from Rashidiya to the Ottoman Court
  • Natasha Morris, Ph.D Candidate ’17, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK
    ‘Opening the Face of Isfahan’: The Safavid Single Page Painting as a Venue for Portraiture
  • Mira Xenia Schwerda, Ph.D Candidate ‘18, Harvard University, USA
    Picturing Revolution: The Role of the Postcard in the Constitutional Period

Global Heritage Fund Prize for the Best Papers on Cultural Heritage or Conservation

Natia Dzigua, Ph.D Candidate ’18, Georgian National Museum and the Georgian State Academy of Art, Georgia
Medieval Islamic Metalwork from the Georgian National Museum: Technology and Conservation

Irina Gugunava, Ph.D Candidate ’15, Ivane Javakhishvili State University of Tbilisi and the Georgian National Museum, Georgia
Steel Kashkuls from the Georgian National Museum

I.B.Tauris Publisher’s Prize for the Best Paper on Iranian Medieval History

Philip Bockholt, Ph.D Candidate ‘17, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Persian Historiography Revisited: Khvāndamīr’s Habīb al-siyar of 1524 and the Question of How to Write History in Pre-Modern Times

Honourable Mentions

  • Nicoletta Fazio, Ph.D Candidate ’15, University of Heidelberg, Germany
    Perfecting the Prince: Kingship and the Role of Alchemical Knowledge in Iskandar bin ‘Umar Shaykh’s Anthology MS BL Add. 27261.
  • Andreas Wilde, Ph.D ‘12, University of Bamberg, Germany
    The Shāhnāma Revisited? The Imaging of Nādir Shāh’s Transoxania Campaign in Iranian and Bukharan Chronicles

I.B.Tauris Publisher’s Prize for the Best Paper on Iranian Modern History

Ruth Almagor Friedel, MA ’15, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Khomeini’s Image in French Intellectuals’ Eyes: A Cross Cultural Mirror Game

Honourable Mention

  • Alexander Nicholas Shaw, MA Candidate ’15, University of Leeds, UK
    ‘Strong, United and Independent’: Great Britain, the Communist Challenge, and the Internationalisation of Iranian Politics, 1945-46

Magic of Persia Foundation Prize for the Best Paper on Contemporary Iranian Art

Volga Solak, MFA Candidate ’17, San Jose State University, USA
West Meets East Photography Collaborative

Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies Prize for the Best Paper on Persian Literature

Sofia Lahuti, Ph.D Candidate ’15, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia
Letter-Writing in the Shahnameh: Between the Pre-Islamic and the Medieval Persian Traditions

Honourable Mentions

  • Elliot Bannister, MA Candidate ’16, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
    ‘What Wonderful Pictures this Pen has Made!’ The Role of Classical Persian Poetry in Contemporary Iranian Art
  • Michelle Quay, Ph.D Candidate ’16, University of Cambridge, UK
    Gender in Premodern Sufi Persian Literature: Zolaykhā’s Metamorphosis through the Qur’an, Sufi Tafsīr, and the Masnavīs of Farīd al-Dīn ‘Attār

Best Paper Awardees

First Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies
13–14 April 2013, St Mary's College, University of St Andrews

Timothy Nunan (Oxford), Dmitry Asinovskiy (Tel Aviv), Mary Ann Hiloko Yoshinari (Toronto), and Alexander Nicholas Shaw (Leeds)

I.B.Tauris Publisher’s Prize for the Best Paper on Modern History

Denis Volkov, Ph.D Candidate ’14, University of Manchester, UK
Persian Studies and the Military in Late Imperial Russia (1863-1917): State Power in the Service of Knowledge?

I.B.Tauris Publisher’s Prize for the Best Paper on Persian Art

Jaimee Comstock-Skipp, MA ’12, Williams College, US
Persian Style, Christian Subject: Edmund Dulac’s Rendition of the Adoration of the Magi Using Persian Painting Techniques

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Ancient India and Iran Trust: Trustees of the Ancient India and Iran Trust and Martin Griggs MBE

Brill Publishers: Kathy van Vliet-Leigh

Global Heritage Fund: Vincent Michael and Eileen Filmus

I.B.Tauris Publishers: Iradj Bagherzade and Ali M. Ansari

MOP Foundation: Shirley Elghanian and Fereshte Moosavi

Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies: Firuza Melville and Charles Melville

Ancient India and Iran Trust: Trustees of the Ancient India and Iran Trust and Martin Griggs MBE

Brill Publishers: Kathy van Vliet-Leigh

Global Heritage Fund: Vincent Michael and Eileen Filmus

I.B.Tauris Publishers: Iradj Bagherzade and Ali M. Ansari

MOP Foundation: Shirley Elghanian and Fereshte Moosavi

Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies: Firuza Melville and Charles Melville