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کنفرانس شاهنامه و هویت پارسی ( ایرانی )

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 THE SHAHNAMEH AND PERSIANATE IDENTITY CONFERENCE 

April 2010, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland 12- 9 

A conference focusing on the Shahnameh and the development of Persianate

identity in historical perspective. 

Organised by 

Institute of Iranian Studies, University of St Andrews and the Iran Heritage

Foundation.

Covened by

Prof. Ali Ansari (St Andrews) 

Introduction

 

A millennium after his death, the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi remains the single most

important literary source of the construction and definition of Persianate

identity. Ferdowsi’s magisterial achievement in collating and versifying the

history and myths of the Iranian peoples ensured not only the preservation of a

canon of shared historical memory and experience, but crucially secured the

renaissance of the Persian language for future generations.

This conference will focus on the political, social and historical legacy of the

Shahnameh in the development of identities in the Persianate world. Moreover, it

will welcome papers which look at aspects of identity beyond ethnic or national

characterisations. What, if any, are the ethical bases of the Shahnameh? Does

it serve as a moral guide for human behaviour which transcends ethnic

affiliation or can it be best understood as the creation myth of a particular

people? How are we to understand its mythical and historical relevance? How do

we explain its continued – political - appeal to this day?

The conference will seek to address these questions, amongst others in

historical context, looking at the origins and development of the Shahnameh in

Sasanian Iran and its aftermath, particularly in the post-conquest period when

Persianate historians struggled to reconcile their inherited narratives with

those resulting from the Muslim conversion. How did these historians seek to

reconcile these competing traditions, and why did the Shahnameh remain popular

with governing elites from Delhi to Istanbul, from the mediaeval to the modern

world?

 

The organisers welcome papers on a broad range of topics but will be guided by

the following thematic areas:

 

1- Reconciling competing traditions: Persianate historians in the Islamic era  

2- The idea of Iranshahr

      3- Hero & King in the Shahnameh: the chivalric ethos

    4- The epic in comparative perspective

5- Myth and history: historical mythology in the modern Persianate world

 

Proposals for papers should send an abstract of no more than 250 words, along

contact details, a brief biography including an institutional affiliation, to

the Organising Committee, Shahnameh Conference, School of History, University

of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AL, by November 15th 2009. Alternatively

proposals may be sent in electronic format to the email below. All proposed

papers must constitute unpublished new research. Authors of papers presented at

the conference must commit themselves to publish their papers in the publication

described below, if the editors of the publication select their papers for

inclusion in the publication.

 

Confirmed Speakers:

1- Professor Dick Davis (Ohio)

2- Professor Charles Melville (Cambridge)

3- Professor Robert Hillenbrand (Edinburgh)

4- Professor Dick Bulliet (Columbia)

5- Professor Parvaneh Pourshariati (Ohio)

6- Dr Hussein Kamaly (Columbia)

7- Dr Paul Luft (St Andrews)

8- Professor Robert Hoyland (St Andrews)

9- Professor Hugh Kennedy

 

Publication:

A book, edited by Ali Ansari, of selected papers from the conference will be

published by I. B. Tauris Publishers, in the series “Iran and the Persianate

World”. 

Organising Committee:

Professor Ali Ansari

Dr Tim Greenwood                                                                       

Dr Pedram Khosronejad

Professor Robert Hoyland

Dr Paul Luft

Professor Nick Rengger

Dr Angus Stewart

 For general enquiries please contact Professor Ansari on iran@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Regular updates can be found on http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~iranian