~ Eighth Annual IQSA Conference ~

Jointly organized by IQSA, IISH and the University of Leiden

Social Positioning and Every Day Life in Qajar Persia

June 4-7, 2008

Wednesday June 4, in Amsterdam at the International Institute of Social History,
Cruquiusweg 31
2:00 pm
Thursday and Friday June 5-6, in Leiden at the Leiden University, Kamerlingh Onnes Building, Faculty of Law, Steenschuur 25, Room C131
9:30 am both days



Iraj Afshar


Touraj Atabaki

Touraj Atabaki is Professor of Social History of the Middle East and Central Asia at Leiden University and Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

He can be reached at: T.Atabaki@let.leidenuniv.nl

Abbas Amanat


Kaveh Bayat


Ferydoun Barjesteh

Ferydoun Barjesteh is the Vice-President of IQSA and Editor-in-Chief of its Journal Qajar Studies, which is now in its eighth year. He has published extensively on Iranian history, in particular focusing on genealogical research. He is the director of IQSA's Fath Ali Shah Project, tracing the descendants of Fath Ali Shah in the male and female lines. He is also the founder of the DNA research project on the Qajars, which has already yielded groundbreaking results. He has written and co-edited many volumes on Qajar history, including Qajar Era Dress; Health, Hygiene and Beauty in the Qajar Era, the Montabone Album and a volume on the work of Sevruguin.

He can be reached at: publisher@barjesteh.nl

Houchang Chehabi

Prof. Houchang E. Chehabi studied geography at the University of Caen and international relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris before going to Yale University, where he took his PhD in political science in 1986. He then taught at Harvard University and UCLA, and in 1998 became a professor of international relations and history at Boston University. He is the author of Iranian Politics and Religions Modernism: The Liberation Movement of Iran under the Shah and Khomeini (London: I.B. Tauris, 1990), principal author of Distant Relations: Iran and Lebanon in the last 500 years (Oxford: Centre for Lebanese Studies, 2006), and co-author, with Juan J. Linz, of Sultanistic Regimes (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998). His articles have appeared in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Daedalus, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Government and Opposition, International Journal of the History of Sport, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Iranian Studies, Political Science Quarterly, and several edited volumes. Currently his main research interest is the cultural history of Iran since the nineteenth century.

He can be reached at: hchehabi@hotmail.com

Stephanie Cronin

Dr. Stephanie Cronin is Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Iranian History, University College, Northampton. She is the author of The Army and the Creation of the Pahlavi State in Iran, 1910-1926, (I. B. Tauris, 1997) and editor of The Making of Modern Iran; State and Society under Riza Shah, 1921-1941 (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) and Reformers and Revolutionaries in Modern Iran: New Perspectives on the Iranian Left (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004). Her most recent work looks at subaltern responses to modernity in early Pahlavi Iran. Tribal Politics in Iran: Rural Conflict and the New State published in 2006. An edited collection, Subalterns, Marginality and the State: Strategies of Survival, Protest and Resistance in the Middle East and North Africa, also appeared in 2006.

She can be reached at: scronin2002@aol.com

Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar

Dr. Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar is Professor of Political Science and Director of Middle Eastern Studies at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). He is also President and co-founder of the International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA). Together with Mr. Ferydoun Barjesteh van Waalwijk van Doorn, editor-in-chief, he edits the Journal of the International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA), Qajar Studies, which is now in its eighth year and the latest issue of which is dedicated to the theme of this year's conference, Social Positioning in the Qajar Era. His recent publications include: "The Story of the 'Fair Circassian' and Mirza Abol Hassan Khan Shirazi, 'Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary' of Fath Ali Shah to the Court of St. James," in Qajar Studies, Vol. VII, June 2007; Guest Editor, Iranian Studies, Vol. 40, September 2007; "Novellas as Morality Tales and Entertainment in the Newspapers of the late Qajar Period: Yahya Mirza Eskandari's 'Eshgh-e Doroughi' and 'Arousi-e Mehrangiz', in Iranian Studies, Vol. 40, September 2007; "Between Scylla and Charybdis: Policy-making Under Conditions of Constraint in Early Persia," in War and Peace in Qajar Persia, ed. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Routledge, 2008; and "The Message of the Negarestan Mural of Fath Ali Shah and His Sons: Snapshot of Court Protocol or Determinant of Dynastic Succession," in Qajar Studies, Vol. VIII, June 2008.

He can be reached at: president@qajarstudies.org

Amir Farman-Farma


Ali Gheissari

Dr. Ali Gheissari is Professor of History at the University of San Diego with research interest in the intellectual and political history of modern Iran. He studied at Tehran University and Oxford, and has held visiting appointments at Tehran University, Oxford, UCLA and Brown University. His publications include: Contemporary Iran: Society, Economy, Politics (ed., Oxford University Press, forthcoming); Tabriz and Rasht in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution (ed., Tehran: Nashr-e Tarikh-e Iran, 2008); Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty (co-author, Oxford University Press, 2006); Iranian Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century (University of Texas Press, 1998 and 2008); Persian Translation of Immanuel Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Ethics (with Hamid Enayat, Tehran: Khwarazmi, 1991); “Truth and Method in Modern Iranian Historiography and Social Sciences” (Critique, 1995); “Satire in the Iranian Constitutional Press” (Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 2005); “Merchants without Borders: Trade, Travel, and a Revolution in late Qajar Iran” (in War and Peace in Qajar Persia, ed. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Routledge, 2008). Dr. Gheissari’s current research is on the history of Iran’s judiciary. He is also on the editorial board of Iran Studies series, published by E. J. Brill.

He can be reached at: alig@sandiego.edu

Nayer Glenn-Mostofi


Nahid Nosrat-Mozaffari

Dr. Nahid Nosrat-Mozaffari is a member of International Writers Organization, PEN, and has affiliations with Columbia University through the Encyclopedia Iranica project, and holds adjunct positions with New York University and the School of Visual Arts in New York.

She can be reached at: nahidmoza@msn.com

Reza Sheikh