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School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne Wednesdays 9–30 November, 6.15-8.15pm

9 Nov 2016
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Short Course: Unearthing Persia’s/Iran’s cultural identity
Wednesdays   9–30 November,  6.15 – 8.15 pm

The Persian heartland has long been the centre of one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, exuding regional power and cultural production, with historical and urban settlements dating to 4000 BC. Today, much of the public image of Iran is defined by its status as an Islamic Republic, but Iranian culture runs much deeper and is much more multifarious than its political title implies. Therefore, in order to fully understand the
role Iran plays in current world events it is necessary to revisit its roots: its culture, art, language and history. Held over four evening classes, this short course does not require any knowledge of Persian language or history. The program includes light refreshments during a break, as well as
further reading suggestions and handouts during each session.

Dr Mammad Aidani lectures

Dr Mammad Aidani imagePresenter     Dr Mammad Aidani

Dr Mammad Aidani, from the University of Melbourne, has a PhD in hermeneutics and phenomenological social psychology, and
an MA in sociolinguistics and identity. His research interests are in the genres of textual interpretation (hermeneutics) and lived
narratives in the fields of history, culture, displacement, memory, trauma and suffering in diaspora communities as well as literature
and theatre. Mammad has also taught Hermeneutics philosophy at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy.


Dr Mammad and Susan Aidani lectures

Susan Scollay Short course PersiaPresenter    Dr Susan Scollay

Dr Susan Scollay is an independent art historian with a focus on Islamic art and architecture, especially the Ottoman Empire
and the Persianate cultural sphere. She was specialist guest curator of the international exhibition Love and Devotion: From
Persia and Beyond at the State Library of Victoria and at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, in 2012–13, and edited
the accompanying publication. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2013.

Bookings Essential

Individual session:    2 hours each $60 / $50,
The University of Melbourne alumni,  students & staff

Series pass:   8 hours $230 / $190,
The University of Melbourne alumni, students & staff

Venue:     Old Arts (Building 149),   The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Registrations:   alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/unearthingpersia

Enquiries:   Caterina Sciacca,   Community Education Manager
03 8344 3996
For more programs visit:  arts.unimelb.edu.au/engage/community-education

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