Persian Circle Quarter Schedule: Autumn 2016

Dear friends and colleagues,

welcome back to the new academic year! I’m the student coordinator for the Persian Circle, a weekly event for Persianists, Persian speakers, Persian learners and –lovers!

This year, we will meet on Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm in Pick Hall 218 (5828 S University Ave). We will host faculty, students, and professionals who will present on a variety of topics associated with Persian or Iran. The Persian Circle will first meet next week.

For Autumn quarter, we have exciting talks lined up that you should not miss!

Oct. 4, Maryam Sabbaghi* (University of Chicago): “ گذری بر مکانهای تاریخی یهودی و زرتشتی در ایران –Exploring Jewish and Zoroastrian Sites in Iran

Oct. 11, Adel Javan: “چند نکته پیرامون شعر امروز ایران و شعرخوانی” – A few points on contemporary poetry in Iran and poetry recitation

Special session on Monday, Oct. 17, Sayeh Eghtesadinia: “ – غزل نو در شعر فارسیGhazal- e now in Persian Poetry”, in Pick Hall 218, 4:30-6pm

Oct. 18, Sayeh Eghtesadinia: “فرهنگستان زبان و ادب فارسی  معرفی – Introduction to the Academy of Persian language and Literature”

Oct 25, Prof. Reza Varjavand (Saint Xavier University): تلاش مهاجرین ایرانی‌ برای ساختن هویت در آمریکا” – Immigrant Struggle to Build Identity, the Case of Iranian-Americans.”

Nov. 1, TBA

Nov. 8, Ani Honarchiansaky* (UCLA): جابجايى پيكر قديسين در سر حدات شاهناشاهى ساسانيان و امپراطورى رم”Transferring relics in the borderlands of the Sasanian and Roman Empire”

Nov. 15, Ahmad Arbaboun: مکتب اصولی-فلسفی شیخ مرتضی انصاری (۱۲۸۱-۱۲۱۴ ه.ق): تفکری بر کاربرد فلسلفه در سنت فقهی تشیع دوازده امامی – Murtaḍá al-Anṣārī’s (d. 1864) School of Philosophical Jurisprudence: Thoughts on the Application of Philosophy in the Twelver Shiʿi Legal Tradition”

Nov. 22, Prof. Alireza Doostdar (University of Chicago) “شیطان پرستی، جهان شهرگرایی و پارانویا – Satanism, Cosmopolitanism, and Paranoia”

Nov. 29, Prof. Nasrin Qader (Northwestern): ملاقات در مرز بخت وطالع:’دوتایی پشه’ بقلم آصف سلطانزاده“ – Encounter on the border of chance and destiny: Asef Soltanzadeh’s ‘Two of Clubs’”

*This year, we will have sessions that aim to make talks more accessible for those learning Persian – there will be an introductory part for students with the presenter. Details will follow!

Announcements for event details will be posted around Pick Hall and online, through the Persian list and others, as well as on facebook (

If you would like to present at Persian Circle in Winter or Spring quarter, please feel free to contact me, and I will be happy to coordinate your talk!

There will always be tea and sweets – so come, sit down, treat yourself and be a part of the Persian speaking community.

See you on Tuesdays!
به امید دیدار

“A Look at Shahrzad Series” – Followed by a Screening of the Last Episode

Nilofar Saraj
نیلوفر سراج

“A Look at Shahrzad Series” – Followed by a Screening of the Last Episode
نگاهی‌ به سریال شهرزاد” همراه با نمایش آخرین قسمت سریال”

Tuesday, May 24, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Introduction to a New Annotated English Translation of چرند و پرند علی اکبر دہخدا

[If you missed John Perry’s talk, you can find a copy of it here]

Please join Persian Circle this Tuesday for a talk with Prof. John Perry, introducing his new translation of Dehkhoda’s Charand-o Parand with Janet Afary, Revolutionary Satire from Iran, 1907-1909: Yale UP, 2016. This talk will given in English and Persian.

Tuesday, May 17, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Non-Muslims and the Constitutional Revolution with Saghar Sadeghian

[If you missed Saghar Sadeghian’s talk, you can find a recording here]
Saghar Sadeghian (Postdoctoral Associate, Yale)
ساغر صادقیان
Non-Muslims and the Constitutional Revolution: A Quest of Identity
غیرمسلمانان و ابقلاب مشروطه: بحث هویت

The concept of Iranian nationality had become a more visible discourse since 1890s and mostly during the Tobacco Movement. The Iranian Constitutional Revolution emerged in 1906 with the slogan of “Iran for all Iranians.” Where were the non-Muslims located in this situation? This paper introduces the situation of four major non-Muslim communities—Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians and Baha’is—in Iran between 1890-1911. At the local level, it studies the daily life of the members of these communities and their interactions with the greater Muslim society. At the national level, it explores the ways Iranian citizenship was defined for non-Muslims. Finally, at the international level, it examines the economic, social and political relationship between Iran and Western countries concerning its non-Muslim population. It also introduces the missionary institutions in Iran and some discourses on these activities. 


Tuesday, May 3, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

“Naked Bodies in Protest” with Afsaneh Kalantary

بدن های برهنه در اعتراض 
Naked Bodies in Protest
افسانه کلانتری
Afsaneh Kalantary
دراین بحث به بررسی روند اخیر در استفاده از برهنگی به عنوان یک شیوه اعتراض فرهنگی و سیاسی  که  مابین برخی هنرمندان و کنشگران ایرانی باب شده است و لاجرم تناقضات و معانی متفاوت جنسیتی و فرهنگی این تاکتیک پرداخته خواهد شد.
This talk examines the recent trend among some Iranian artists and activists of deploying nudity as a form of political and cultural protest and explores the gendered and cultural connotations and contradictions in using this tactic.
Tuesday, April 26, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637 

Screening of “Silky Eloquence” with Filmmaker Hossein Khandan

Screening of “Silky Eloquence” followed by Q & A
نمایش فیلم ‘حریر کلام’ به همراه پرسش و پاسخ با کارگردان فیلم
With more than 38 years experience, Hossein Khandan, an Iranian-American filmmaker and photographer, will be in person to screen his award winning film “Silky Eloquence,” along with other short films. Subsequently, he will be available for discussion about his experience as a Persian artist in China.
Tuesday, April 19, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637 

Tentative Spring Quarter Schedule

Salaam Persian Circlers! Here is our schedule for Spring quarter. It will be updated with more details as they become available. All dates, unless otherwise noted, are Tuesdays at 4:30 pm.

April 5: Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan

April 12: Kimia Maleki

April 19: Hossein Khandan

April 26: Afsaneh Kalantary

May 10: Bruce Lincoln, “Persian Archers and Paradise Gardens” (in English)

Wednesday, May 18, 5pm, Nasrin Qader

May 24: Nilofar Sahra

“Carpets for you”: Glimpses on Qajar Multinational Carpet Corporations, with Kimia Maleki

[If you missed Kimia’s talk, you can download it here]
Please join us for Persian Circle this coming Tuesday, for a talk on Qajar carpet corporations by Kimia Maleki (SAIC). This talk will be in Persian and all are invited to attend:
:”فرش هایی برای شما”
نگاهی به شرکت های چند ملیتی فرش در دوران قاجار
“Carpets for you”:
Glimpses on Qajar Multinational Carpet Corporations 
Tuesday, April 12, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637 

دایی جان ناپلئون، قسمت اول

Salaam Persian Circlers,

Earlier in the quarter, Saeed Yousef discussed the life and less-known works of Pezeshkzad; this coming week, we will show the first episode of the small-screen adaptation of his famous novel, My Uncle Napoleon. Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 4:30pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637