2007 events



  The Life and Death of Sadeq Hedayat
  • Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 5:45 PM - 9:45 PM
  • Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College

The Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies
in cooperation with
Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, the Department of Historical Studies and Foundation for Iranian Studies

After the screening of the documentary film "From House No. 37: Sadeq Hedayat," the directors Sam Kalantari and Mohsen Shahrnazdar will join Ramin Jahanbegloo, Homa Katouzian, Marta Simidchieva, and Mohamad Tavakoli for a discussion of Hedayat's enigmatic life. The most prominent Persian writer of the twentieth century, Sadeq Hedayat (1903-1951) was the author of many short stories and novels, including the celebrated work The Blind Owl (1936). A reception follows the panel discussion.

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  Intellectual Othering and the Bahai Question in Iran
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  • July 1-3, 2011 Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College

The Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies
in cooperation with
Foundation for Iranian Studies
present an international symposium on
Intellectual Othering and the Bahai Question in Iran

As a genuinely Iranian intellectual and religious movement emerging in the mid-nineteenth century, the Baha’i Faith has encountered relentless and sustained repression and scapegoating in the country of its origin. Exploring various aspects of the Baha’i Question in Iran over the past century and a half, the scholars participating in this international conference will critically reflect on a wide range of issues related to the similarities and differences of Shi‘i Islam and Baha’i Faith, the role of Baha’is in Iranian cultural and intellectual life, and the fact of their continued repression and intellectual Othering.

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  Iran and Iranian Studies in the 20th Century
  • 19-20 October 2007 | University of Toronto
A Two-Day conference on the occasion of the Fortieth Anniversary of the founding of the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) and the journal of Iranian Studies. With generous support of :

pcf routleg

persian circle
  • Co-conveners, Homa Katouzian and Mohamad Tavakoli

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  Seventh Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies

Conference Details

The ISIS Program Committee invites proposals for the Seventh Biennial Iranian Studies Conference in all subfields of Iranian studies. We particularly encourage works devoted to new areas of inquiry and probing new methodologies. The primary language of the conference will be English, and scholars are strongly encouraged to use that language, but proposals for papers in Persian will be considered as well.

The submission deadline for proposals is 10 November 2007. Paper proposals must be limited to 300 words and must present succinct scholarly outlines of the central themes and main arguments of the presentations. Ordinarily four papers are presented at each panel. Scholars wishing to submit a proposal for a pre-arranged panel should complete the panel registration form. Paper and Panel Proposals forms should be sent as e-mail attachments to:

  • Professor Mohamad Tavakoli
  • Chair, Toronto ISIS Program Committee
  • Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • University of Toronto
  • 4 Bancroft Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1C1

The conference will be held at Park Hyatt Toronto located near the University of Toronto. In order to obtain a Canadian entry visa, participants whose proposals are accepted should contact Prof. Tavakoli for invitation letters.

re-registration is required. All conference presenters must be members of ISIS. For pre-registration and membership please visit http://www.humanities.uci.edu/iranian-studies/.