~ Seventh Annual IQSA Conference ~

Jointly organized by IQSA and the Fondation Napoleon

Diplomats and Travelers in the Qajar Era

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June 2007
9 am to 5 pm





Iradj Amini

Ambassador Iradj Amini was born in Tehran in 1935. He has a BA in Political Science from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., an MA in Sociology from Tehran University and a Diploma of International Relations from the University of Oxford. He joined the Iranian Foreign Service in 1965, and was the last Ambassador of the Shah of Iran to Tunesia. He currently lives and writes in Paris. He is the author of the acclaimed Napoléon et la Perse (Fondation Napoleon, Paris, 1995), translated into English as Napoleon and Persia: Franco-Persian Relations Under the First Empire, (Mage Publishers, Washington, D.C., 1999) and of L'Inde du Kooh-i-Noor (Editions François Bourin, Paris, 1992), a book about the saga of the twin diamond to the Darya-e Noor. He can be reached at: iradjamini@wanadoo.fr

Ferydoun Barjesteh

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Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar

Dr. Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program 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 seventh year and the latest issue of which is dedicated to the theme of this year's conference, Diplomats and Travelers in the Qajar Era. He can be reached at: president@qajarstudies.org

Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian

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Nathalie Farmanfarma

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Bert Fragner

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Ellen Glonti

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David Motadel

David Motadel is a PhD student in history at Cambridge University and currently also affiliated as a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard.

He is currently working on a book project about Nasir al-Din Shah’s and Muzaffar al-Din Shah's visits to Germany (as part of their European tours) in 1873, 1878, 1889, 1900, 1902 and 1905. He can be reached at: dm408@cam.ac.uk


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 1991 to 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

Bernadette Salesse

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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 Ð Iran, Turkey, the Arab Gulf states, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco,Tunisia, Romania and Bosnia Ð 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


Joachim Waibel

Joachim M. Waibel (b. 1959 AD) Stuttgart, Germany. Studied History and Political Science in Montreal, Canada. Resides in Vancouver, Canada. He works as a Financial Executive in the Oil & Gas Industry and spends his free time as an Adjunct Curator of Naval & Military History at the Vancouver Maritime Museum as well as the Vancouver City Museum. He has been conducting extensive research into the Anglo-Persian War (1856-57) for the last nine years. A research web-site on the subject will be available on-line by the beginning of 2006. He can be reached at: bonavista@shaw.ca

Robin Walsh

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