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

Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies
11–12 April 2017, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Oliver Bast (Sorbonne Nouvelle), Arvin Khoshnood (Lund), Alexander Nachman (Oxford), and Kevjn Lim (Tel Aviv)

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

Jamie O’Connell, MA 2017, SOAS, University of London, UK
The Nature of Ritual in the Avestan Hymn to Haurvatāt

Zhan Zhang, PhD 2016, Harvard University, USA
Secular Documents in Khotanese: How to Edit Them and What Do They Tell Us?

Honourable Mentions

  • Mariano Errichiello, MA 2017, SOAS, University of London, UK

    Reactive to Creative: a Khshnoomist Perspective of the Evil Force
  • Peter Zilberg, PhD 2018, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

    On Princes, Exiles and Scribes: An Analysis of the Iranian Name Corpus in Achaemenid Babylonia

Brill Publishers Best Prize for the Best Paper in Architecture History

Ms Polina Ivanova, PhD 2019, Harvard University, USA,
and Mr Maxime Duroche, PhD 2017, Paris-Sorbonne University, France

Mapping Artisans’ Signatures in Medieval Anatolia in the Twelfth to Fifteenth Century

Brill Publishers Prize for the Best Paper in Art History

Naciem Nikkhah, PhD 2019, University of Cambridge, UK
Depicting the Beloved: Text and Image Relationship in Sixteenth Century Persian Painting

Honourable Mentions

  • Dorothy Armstrong, PhD 2020, Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
    Reframing the Carpet: The Afterlife of the Ardabil Carpets in the West
  • Roxana Zenhari, PhD 2014, University of Göttingen, Germany
    Prophecy and Propagating Shi‘i Islam Among the Folks: A Survey of Illustrated Lithographed Books of the Qajar Period

Gingko Library Prize for the Best Paper on Art History

Borna Izadpanah, PhD 2019, University of Reading, UK
Early Persian Movable Type Printing in India and Egypt

Honourable Mentions

  • Ricarda Brosch, MA 2017, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK
    Circuit of Gazes in the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasb
  • Yasmin Siabi, MA 2017, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London UK
    Gifts and Gifting and the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasb

Gingko Library Prize for the Best Paper on History

Pouye Khoshkhoosani, PhD 2017, University of Arizona, USA
Verbal Representation of Power in Public: Patterns of Safavid Legitimacy

Honourable Mentions

  • Ceren Çıkın Sungur, MA 2014, Bahçeşehir University, Turkey
    The Idealised Ghazi Topos and Âdâb (Codes of Courtesy) in Dâsıtan-ı Tevârîh-i Mülûk-i Âl-i Osman
  • Reza Zarghamee, PhD 2019, University of St Andrews, UK
    Narrative Displacement in Herodotus’s Account of Deioces: The Convergence of History and Legend

I.B.Tauris Publishers Prize for the Best Papers on Post-antique Iranian History

Peter Edward John Good, PhD 2017, University of Essex and the British Library, UK
Silk, Ships and Shiraz Wine: The Evolution of the East India Company’s Farman in Persia 1622-1747

John Edward Latham, PhD 2018, SOAS, University of London, UK
Shadow of Anushirvan: The North Caucasus in Medieval Iranian Sources

Honourable Mention

  • Robert Steele, PhD 2018, University of Exeter, UK
    Costly Mistake or Valuable Investment? Evaluating the Economic Effect of the 2,500th Anniversary Celebrations

I.B.Tauris Publishers Prize for the Best Paper In Modern and Contemporary Iran

Anahita Hosseini Lewis, PhD 2020, King’s College London, University of London, UK
Neo-Nazim in Iranian Cyberspace

Honourable Mentions

  • Shekoufeh Behbehani, MA 2016, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Sex Change Operations in Iran: Liberating or Limiting?
  • Siavash Rokni, PhD 2019, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
    The Rock Music Scene in Iran: Cultural Hybridity as an Expression of Political Enunciation

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

Marko Jovanović, PhD 2018, University of Belgrade, Serbia
The South Slavic Persian Literature

Honourable Mention

  • Niloo Sarabi, PhD 2017, University of Maryland, USA
    Excessive Subjectivities: Shahrnush Parsipur’s Women Without Men and the Girl Who Became a Tree

Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies Prize for the Best Paper on Contemporary Art

Daniel Walter, MA 2016, Lund University, Sweden
“Calming Down” the Megalopolis: State-Sanctioned Murals and Tehran’s Visual Cityscape

Honourable Mention

  • Golbarg Rekabtalaei, PhD 2015, North Carolina State University, USA
    Imagining the Nation: “Film-Farsi” and the Depiction of Quotidian Modernity

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

Gingko Library: Melanie Gibson and Barbara Schwepcke

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