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BIPS 2019 Annual Lecture

25 November 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We are excited to welcome Dr Saeed Talajooy (University of St Andrews) as the speaker for 2019 AGM lecture on Monday, 25 November.

The lecture will begin at 6:30pm. Members are invited to arrive at 6:00pm in order to attend the AGM.

The Depiction of the Intelligentsia in Early TwentiethCentury Iranian Drama

Intelligentsia. Related to Hasan Moqaddam’s Jafar Khan has Come from Europe (1922).

This talk will examine the history of the early engagements of Iranian drama with the roleand the challenges that the Iranian intelligentsia faced in negotiating a successful path to modernisation between 1906 and 1922. The talk will explore the two extreme poles of this depiction: (1) the educated reformer whose character echoed the qualities of such semi-mythical embodiments of intelligence and wisdom as Bozorgmehr and Borzuyeh, the physician and (2) the Westoxicated dandy who was characterised by mimicry and was frequently ridiculed in the cultural products of the following decades.

Mir Mohammad-Reza Kurdistani (Mir-zadeh Eshgi)

The discussion will be focused on plays by Mortezaqoli Khan-e Mo’ayyedolmamalek Fekri (1869-1916), Ahmad Kamalolvozareh-ye Mahmoudi (1874-1930), Mohammadreza Kordestani (Mirzadeh Eshqi, 1894-1924) and Hasan Moqaddam (1898-1925) 





Saeed Talajooy (PhD) is lecturer in Persian at the School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews. Dr Talajooy has taught and published on literature, drama and cinema in Iran and the UK, and is currently teaching Persian Language and literature as well as Iranian drama and cinema. His research is on the point of convergence between cultural theory and literature, performance and film and on the reflections of the changing patterns of Iranian identities in Persian literature and Iranian theatre and cinema. It involves analysing the works of Iranian poets, novelists, playwrights and filmmakers to find how they refashion indigenous forms and characters or adapt Iranian or non-Iranian myths, history and literary narratives, to resist dominant political and cultural discourses. Another aspect of his research involves comparative studies of cultural resistance in Africa and the Middle East. His publications include several articles and chapters, a co-edited volume entitled Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies: Literature, Cinema and Music (Routledge 2012) and a special issue of Iranian Studies on Bahram Beyzaie. He is currently working on a monograph entitled The Cinema and Theatre of Bahram Beyzaie.  

Please note, that seating is limited and will work on a first come, first seated. To register, please email BIPS Executive Officer, Ms Tessa Davies, at bips@britac.ac.uk.


25 November 19
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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