THE TEAM

is the product of many thousands of volunteer hours

Symposia Iranica is a group effort that could not be realised without the input, support, and contributions of many people – from its conception in November 2011 through to the first stages of organisation in February 2012 and those that will follow in 2017, 2019, and 2021

is the product of many thousands of volunteer hours

Symposia Iranica is a group effort that could not be realised without the input, support, and contributions of many people – from its conception in November 2011 through to the first stages of organisation in February 2012 and thence to our first conferences in 2013 and 2015, and those that will follow in 2017, 2019, and 2021

Organisers

Since 2012

  • Armin Yavari

    FRSA

    Armin Yavari is the Founding Chair of Symposia Iranica and Director of the Symposia Iranica Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Institute of Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews. He holds degrees from the University of St Andrews, Birkbeck, University of London, and Oxford Brookes University.

  • Michael Pye

    PhD

    Michael Pye is the Co-Chair of Symposia Iranica. He is an investment analyst at Baillie Gifford and recently completed his PhD in Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews, where he was the Mahmoud Khayami Scholar. He holds a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge.

Symposia Iranica is a collaborative initiative that involves dozens of contributors

University Coordinators

  • Naciem Nikkhah

    Third Biennial Conference, 2016-17

    Naciem Nikkhah is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, where her research focuses on the relationship between text and image in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Persian painting.

  • Peyvand Firouzeh

    Second Biennial Conference, 2014-15

    Peyvand Firouzeh was the E.G. Browne and Soudavar Scholar at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge until her graduation in 2015. She is now a post-doc at the Pergamon, Museum of Art in Berlin.

  • Heather Robinson

    First Biennial Conference, 2013

    Heather Robinson is a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews, where she research examines Iran’s modern history and foreign policy in light of its political, economic and cultural influence in Afghanistan.

Advisory Board

Providing mentorship, support, and advice since 2012

  • Ali M. Ansari

    FRSE, FRAS

    Ali M. Ansari is Professor of Iranian History and Founding Director of the Institute of Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews, President of the British Institute of Persian Studies, Trustee of the Persian Language Foundation, a Member of Iran Heritage Foundation’s Academic Grants Committee, and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute.

  • Sussan Babaie

    Sussan Babaie is the Andrew W. Mellon Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She is President-Elect of the Historians of Islamic Art Association, is a Member of Iran Heritage Foundation’s Contemporary Arts Grants Committee, a Council Member of the Association for Iranian Studies, and a member of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies’ Board of Directors.

  • Carole Hillenbrand

    FBA, FRSE, FRHistS, FRAS, OBE

    Carole Hillenbrand is Professor of Islamic History at the University of St Andrews and Emerita Professor of the University of Edinburgh. in 2015, she received the BRISMES Award for Services to Middle Eastern Studies and in 2016, was awarded the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding by the British Academy.

  • Robert Hillenbrand

    FBA, FRSE

    Robert Hillenbrand is Professor of Islamic Art at the University of St Andrews and Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh. He has chaired Iran Heritage Foundation’s Academic Grants Committee since 2010, is an Honorary Vice President of the British Institute of Persian Studies, and an Honorary Fellow of the Ancient India and Iran Trust.

  • Charles Melville

    FRAS

    Charles Melville is Professor of Persian History, Director of the Shahnama Project, and Head of the Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is President of The Islamic Manuscript Association, Vice President of the British Institute of Persian Studies, and Vice Chair of Iran Heritage Foundation’s Academic Grants Committee.

  • Andrew Peacock

    Andrew C. S. Peacock is Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic History at the University of St Andrews. He is a former Director of the British Institute at Ankara and is Principal Investigator of a major project funded by the European Research Council to create a database of information about the manuscript heritage of medieval Anatolia.

We are grateful to our participants for making every ounce of effort worthwhile

Review Committees

All proposals received are subject to double-blind peer review, a system that grants anonymity to both authors and reviewers throughout the review process. This is both to ensure the integrity of the application process and help assure the quality of proposals accepted.

For every discipline, there are between two and four reviewers. It is our great fortune and privilege to have worked with the following individuals who generously volunteered their time and, between them, reviewed the almost 1,000 individual paper and panel proposals that we received for the First and Second Biennials. Our Review Committees have included:

Dr Pejman Abdolmohammadi, John Cabot University
Dr Roham Alvandi, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
Dr Ladan Akbarnia, British Museum
Dr Lindsay Allen, King’s College London, University of London
Professor Ali M. Ansari, FRSE, University of St Andrews
Dr Michael Axworthy, University of Exeter
Dr Sussan Babaie, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Professor Oliver Bast, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Dr François de Blois, University of Hamburg
Dr Moya Carey, Victoria and Albert Museum
Dr John E. Curtis, FBA, FSA, OBE, Iran Heritage Foundation and the British Museum
Dr Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, British Museum
Mrs Narguess Farzad, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Dr Hassan Fazeli, University of Reading
Dr Mahbod Ghaffari, University of Cambridge
Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi, University of St Andrews
Professor Thomas Harrison, University of St Andrews
Professor Carole Hillenbrand, FBA, FRSE, FRHistS, FRAS, OBE, Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews
Professor Robert Hillenbrand, FBA, FRSE, Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews
Dr Leonard Lewisohn, University of Edinburgh
Mrs Jane Lewisohn, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Professor Almut Hintze, FBA, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Professor Charles Melville, FRAS, University of Cambridge
Dr Firuza Melville, University of Cambridge
Professor Andrew C. S. Peacock, University of St Andrews
Dr Cameron Petrie, University of Cambridge
Dr Lloyd Ridgeon, University of Glasgow
Dr Christine van Ruymbeke, University of Cambridge
Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, University of Edinburgh
Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams, FBA, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Professor Annabelle Sreberny, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Dr Sarah Stewart, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Professor Alan Williams, University of Manchester
Dr Tim Williams, FSA, University College London

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