~ Sixth Annual IQSA Conference ~

Jointly organized by CNRS/Mondes Iranien et Indien and IQSA

Entertainment in the Qajar Era

Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June 2006
9 am to 5 pm




Raisa I. Amirbekyan

Dr. Raisa Amirbekyan, Ph.D., Art History, (Armenian State University, Yerevan, Armenia) is Associate Professor at Department of Iranology of the Oriental Studies faculty of Armenian State University in Yerevan. From 2000 to the present Dr.Amirbekyan has also occupied the post of Senior Fellow and Head of Culture Department at the Caucasian Center for Iranian Studies (CCIS) in Yerevan. Dr Amirbekyan has worked with collections of the Kh.Abovian Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan, I.Repine State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, the Russian Arts Academy in St-Petersburg, the State Arts Research Institute in Moscow, and the Freer Gallery/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington. D.C. Her specialization is on Islamic manuscript design, including bookbinding, paper, materials of script, pigments, calligraphy, decoration, and miniature painting. Her dissertation is titled: 18th Century Kashmirian Miniature Painting. (On the Question of the Iconography in the Illustrative Cycles of Sufi Codices). She has finished 5 monographs, and published more than 40 articles. Over 30 international conferences, abstracts and book reviews in Russian, Armenian, English, French, Persian (Farsi) speak to the range of her scholarly interests. Her research includes: Indian miniature painting, particularly, Mughal and Kashmiri schools; Ottoman calligraphy; dance of the 15th to 18th centuries; Qajar miniature; Byzantine art, particularly, miniature painting, zoomorphic, anthropomorphic and symbolic; Armenian manuscript miniature painting and uncials, specifically of the 12th to 14th centuries; Sufism as reflected in Islamic art and architecture; cultural-historical and ethnographical aspects of Iranian people and specificity of the cultural crossroads and contact zones (Armenian-Iranian-Kurdish, Armenian-Iranian, Armenian-Lebanese, Talish-Iranian-Azerbaijanian, Bukhara Jews-Iranian-Uzbekistanian et al.); composite 'grotesque' bodies in Islamic and Christian art; Persian diplomatic documents of Safavid and Qajar periods as art objects; calligraphy and ornamentation; Coptic textiles design; and applied art, photography, and dance. She can be reached at: amirraya@netsys.am

Peter J. Chelkowski

Dr. Peter J. Chelkowski is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in Persian Literature in 1968 from the University of Tehran (Iran) and has degrees in History and Islamic Studies from SOAS and Oriental Philology from Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. His major interests are: literature, mysticism, Islamic studies and performing arts of the Middle East. His publications include: Staging A Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran, co-authored with H. Dabashi, London: Booth-Clilborn Editions, 1999; Ideology and Power in the Middle East, Duke University Press, 1988; Ta'ziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran, New York University Press, 1979; Mirror of the Invisible World, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975; and numerous monographs, articles and book chapter in works published worldwide. His academic affiliations include: Middle East Studies Association, Society for Iranian Studies, The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America. He has received numerous Fellowships and Honors: Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University, 1989, 1996; First Prize Award for Mirror of the Invisible World, American Association of University Presses; Smithsonian Folklore Studies Fellowship; Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace Fellowship; Social Science Research Council Fellowship and others. He can be reached at pc5@nyu.edu

Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar

Dr. Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar is Professor of Political Science and chair 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 sixth year and the latest issue of which is dedicated to the theme of this year's conference, Entertainment in the Qajar Era. He can be reached at: president@qajarstudies.org

Mansoureh Ettehadieh (Nezam Mafi)

Dr. Mansoureh Ettehadieh graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in history in 1956 and obtained her PhD in 1979 from the same University. She taught history in the department of history in Tehran University from 1963 to 2000. She founded the publishing firm Nashr-e Tarikh-e Iran in 1983, which specializes in the history of the Qajar period. She is currently engaged in working on public opinion from 1870 to 1920. She has written and co-edited a number of works on this period, some of which are: Khaterat va Asnad Hosein Qoli Khan Nezam al-Saltaneh (Three volumes of the correspondence and diaries of Hosein Qoli Khan Nezam al-Saltaneh), 3 volumes, 1984, co-edited with S. Sadvandian; Majles va Entekahbat az Mashruteh ta Payan-e Qajariyeh (Parliament and Elections from the Constitutional Revolution to the end of the Qajar Period), 1996; Majmueh Asnad va Mokatebat-e Nosrat al-Dowleh Firuz (The Correspondence and documents of Nosrat al-Dowleh Firuz), 1999, co-edited with S. Pira; Inja Tehran Ast, Majmueh-ye Maqalati dar bareh-ye Tehran, 1269HQ/1344 (A Collections of Essays on the Social and Economic Conditions of Tehran, 1850 -1925 Reza Qoli Khan Nezam al-Saltaneh), 1998; Zendegani Siyasi va Asnad-e Mohajerat (The life and the correspondence of Reza Qoli Khan Nezam al-Saltaneh), 3 volumes, 2000; and Peydayesh va Tahavol-e Ahzab-e Siyasi Mashrutiyat (The Origin and Development of Political Parties during the Constitutional Revolution), reprinted 2002. Ettehadieh has also written two novels: Zendegi Bayad Kard, Zendegi Khali Nist. She can be reached at: nti@neda.net

Ali Gheissari

Dr. Ali Gheissari studied at Tehran University and Oxford, and is currently Professor of History at the University of San Diego. He has published broadly on the intellectual and political history of modern Iran, including Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty (with Vali Nasr, Oxford University Press, 2006); Iranian Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century (University of Texas Press, 1998); "Merchants without Frontier: Trade, Travel, and a Revolution in late Qajar Iran" (in Roxane Farmanfarmaian ed., War and Peace in Qajar Persia: Implications Past and Present, forthcoming, 2007); "Despots of the World Unite! Satire in the Iranian Constitutional Press: The Majalleh-ye Estebdad, 1907-1908" (Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 25:2, 2005); and "Truth and Method in Modern Iranian Historiography and Social Sciences," (Critique, No. 6, 1995). He can be reached at: alig@sandiego.edu

Irina Koshoridze

Dr. Irina Koshoridze, Art Historian; PhD; is Head of the Department of Oriental Arts at the Georgia State Museum of Art. She has lectured at international conferences and symposia and published articles on Georgian and Caucasian traditional textile, and Islamic visual and decorative art. She has also organized different shows from museum collections. Koshoridze is co-founder of the "Georgian Textile Group" and "Georgian Museum Association". In 2002-2003 she was Fulbright scholar in residence at New-York University. Her recent works are dedicated to Georgian - Iranian Cultural Relations from the Safavid to the Qajar era. Just recently she organized the "Islamic week in Georgian National Museum" 5 -12 June, 2005, which covered the Opening of the Exhibition "Islamic art form" and the presentation of the book "Qajar Art" and the seminar "Qajar art –provenance, sources and influences" . This event was a big success as many people visited the exhibition and the seminar. There were special guests and participants form the USA, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom such as Layla Diba, Tim Stanly, Barry Wood, Fatema Soudavar-Farmanfarma, Guisela Helmek, Posy Benedict as well as the descendants of Qajar Royal family -such as Chingiz Qajar from Azerbaijan. She can be reached at: irakoshoridze@hotmail.com

Shireen Mahdavi

Dr. Shireen Mahdavi was born in Tehran, Iran and was educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Utah and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. Prior to the Iranian Revolution, she taught at the Institute of Social Research Tehran, was involved in research in the field of social affairs and served as an advisor to the government. She has participated in numerous international and national conferences. Currently she is adjunct Professor of History in the Department of History at the University of Utah. She has written extensively on various aspects of Iranian history, with special emphasis on the nineteenth century and the position of women. Her latest book is: For God, Mammon and Country: A Nineteenth Century Persian Merchant, Westview Press. She can be reached at: skhistory@aol.com

Vanessa Martin

Dr. Vanessa Martin is Reader in Middle Eastern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has written three books, Islam and Modernism: The Iranian Revolution of 1906 (IBTauris 1989), Creating an Islamic State (IBTauris 2000), and The Qajar Pact: Bargaining, Protest and the State in Qajar Iran (IBTauris 2005). She has also edited two volumes, Women, Religion and Culture in Iran (Routledge Curzon 2001), and Anglo Iranian Relations since 1800 (Routledge Curzon 2005). She is the Series Editor and Chair of the Publication Committee of the British Institute of Persian Studies, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Royal Asiatic Society. She can be reached at: v.martin@rhul.ac.uk

Ulrich Marzolph

Dr. Ulrich Marzolph is Professor of Islamic Studies at the Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany, and a senior member of the editorial committee of the Enzyklopaedie des Maerchens, a research and publishing institute associated with the Academy of Sciences at Goettingen. He specializes in the narrative culture of the Near East, with particular emphasis on Persian folk narrative and popular culture. His recent major publications include Narrative Illustration in Persian Lithographed Books (2001) and (together with Richard van Leeuwen) The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia (2004). He can be reached at umarzol@gwdg.de

Rudi Matthee

Dr. Rudi Matthee is Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Delaware. BA and MA in Arabic and Persian Language and Literature from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands; study in Iran, 1976-77, and Egypt, 1981-83; Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from UCLA, 1991. Taught at the University of Denver, 1991-93, and since 1993 at the University of Delaware. Author of The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran: Silk for Silver, 1600-1730 (Cambridge University Press, 1999) (recipient of prize for best non-Persian language book on Iranian history, 1999, awarded by the Iranian Ministry of Culture; honorable mention for best book on the Middle East published in Britain, 1999). Author of The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900 (Princeton University Press, 2005). Co-editor (with Beth Baron), of Iran and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie (Mazda, 2000); and co-editor (with Nikki Keddie), of Iran and the Surrounding World: Interactions in Culture and Cultural Politics (University of Washington Press, 2002). Some thirty articles on Safavid and Qajar Iran (16th-19th centuries) dealing with issues of political, socio-economic and material history, in Journal of World History, Journal of Early Modern History, Itinerario, Modern Asian Studies, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Studia Iranica, Iranian Studies, and as book chapters. Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, 2002-03. President of the Association of Persian-Speaking Societies, 2003-2005. Consulting editor for Encyclopaedia Iranica (Safavid period). Book review editor for Iranian Studies. He can be reached at matthee@juno.com

Irine Natchkebia

Dr. Irine Natchkebia was born in 1956 in Tbilisi, Georgia. In the years 1972-1977 she studied at the Department of Human Geography of Tbilisi State University. In 1976-1977 - MA Student at the Department of Human Geography, University of Lodz, Poland. From 1983 to the present she is researcher at Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies of Georgian Academy of Sciences. From 1996 to the present she collaborates with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique -- "Monde iranien" in Paris. From 1991to 2000 she was Professor at The Institute of Africa and Asia and at the Faculty of the Oriental Studies of Tbilisi State University. Courses taught: Human Geography of Asia and North Africa; Human Geography of Iran; Human Geography of Turkey; Geopolitics. Her area of specialisation is the political interests of Europe towards Persia, the Ottoman Empire, and the Caucasus in the late eighteenth and the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Irene Natchkebia is the author of numerous articles and books focusing on the relatoins between Persia and Georgia and in particular those of France under Napoleon with Persia. She can be reached: irnat@hotmail.com

Phillippe Rochard

Dr. Philippe Rochard est ethnologue et Maitre de Conference a l'Universite Marc Bloch de Strasbourg. Membre titulaire de l’Institut D’Ethnologie Mediterraneenne et Comparative (I.D.E.M.E.C - UMR 6591) et chercheur-associe a l’equipe Mondes Iranien et Indien (CNRS - UMR 7528). E-mail: rochard@umb.u-strasbg.fr

Jennifer Scarce

Jennifer Scarce B.A., F.S.A.(Scot) was Curator of Middle Eastern Cultures, National Museums of Scotland. She is now an Honorary Lecturer, School of Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee, a research and travel consultant, freelance curator and author. She has arranged many permanent and temporary exhibitions of Middle Eastern culture for the National Museums of Scotland. She has travelled widely in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe – Iran, Turkey, the Arab Gulf states, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco,Tunisia, Romania and Bosnia – both collecting contemporary textiles and dress for the Museum and also pursuing research projects such as carpet weaving in Romania, Ottoman Turkish court dress, the tilework decoration of 19th century Iranian architecture and the material culture of the North Africa and the Arab world. Her many publications include a survey of Romanian carpet weaving, articles and books on Middle Eastern dress, Kuwait and Iran and most recently Domestic Culture in the Middle East. She is also interested in European travellers to the Middle East especially those of Scottish origin. She has lectured widely for conferences and groups and has accompanied many tours to the Middle East , North Africa and Romania. She can be reached at: jennifer@scarce.abelgratis.co.uk


Eden Naby (Harvard University)
Ameneh Youssefzadeh (CNRS, Paris)
Bernard Hourcade and Suzanne Rigaud (CNRS Paris)
Nader Nasiri ( CNRS Paris)