AKS Lambton Memorial lecture – 13 March 2019
13 March @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
“Why Historiography Matters. Iran and the Mongol Era – 800 years after”
Details: Professor Anja Pistor-Hatam, member of the International Society for Iranian Studies and the Societas Iranologica Europea, will speak on the importance of historiography in relation to Iran and the Mongol Era. Historiography matters, because we deal with the past using the tools established by the science of history. Like any other science, historiography must always remain open to criticism and new insights. Research cannot do without the critical questioning of its results and facts in search of alternative interpretations and new insights. Historical narratives on the Mongol period written in Iran in a time span of nearly 80 years, including the Pahlavi era as well as the Islamic Republic, are an interesting case study. The more so, since this period had been neglected in Iran for quite a while. Due to the establishment of an Iranian national history in the 1930s, the Mongol era had to be given attention and it had to be integrated into a new historical narrative. Using two authors, this paper will analyse how historiography on the Mongol period began under Reza Shah and how it continues in the Islamic Republic.
The lecture is free, but places are strictly limited and MUST be reserved in advance by email to email@example.com