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Persian poetry conference, London

Modern Persian Poetry: Poetry of Iran and the Persian speaking world. A three day conference, London, 17 - 19 May 2001. Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London

We are delighted to announce the forthcoming conference in London. Although the deadline for submission of abstracts is the end of January 2001 it is worth noting that the programme is almost complete.

The organisers hope that the last day of the conference will be devoted mainly to poetry readings and discussions with invited poets from Iran, Europe and Central Asia. A more detailed programme will be posted in the near future.

The aim of this conference is to look at recent studies on modern poetry as one of the most dynamic varieties of Persian literary form, and in a comparative literature context. The conference will bring together influential and emerging voices working in this field, including poets, academics, critics and commentators, in order to discuss developments in various aspects of modern poetry in contemporary Iran and in Central Asia. Speakers will include:

* Ahmad Reza Ahmadi (Iran)

* Anaita Khudonazar (Russia)

* Hushiyar Ansarifar (Iran)

* Farzaneh Milani (USA)

* Reza Baraheni (Canada)

* Taqi Purnamdarian (Iran)

* Lili Farhadpur (Iran)

* Ahmad Karimi Hakkak (USA)

* Yadollah Roya'i (France)

Sessions will be held on:

-- Literary History of Modernist Poetry

-- The Role of Literary Journals, Poetry Magazines and Publishers in the Development of Poetic Trends

-- Decline of Poetry? Has poetry lagged behind prose & cinema in contemporary Iran?

-- New Trends in Poetry: revival of modernist panegyrics, neo-classical lyrics and poetry of war

-- Poetry of Exile: nostalgic recollection of the past, preoccupation with the traumas of the self and artistic development in adopted host-lands.

-- The Role of Theories of Literary Criticism and its Relevance to Modern Persian Poetry

-- Poetry of the Persian-speaking world: influence of each on the other.

-- The influence of Iranian culture on the renaissance of Tajik national identification in the poetry of the 1970s and 1980s

-- New Ageism, Mysticism and Modernist Persian Poetry

Organised by the Centre of Near & Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS. Sponsored by the Iran Heritage Foundation, the British Institute of Persian Studies & the Royal Asiatic Society. Convened by Narguess Farzad (Dept. of Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, SOAS).

Registration: £40; CNMES members: £25; students/academics/unwaged: £15. Registration fee includes admission, available abstracts of papers, entry to evening reception and tea/coffee & biscuits. For enquiries & registration please contact: CNMES, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG. Tel: 020 7898 4490/ 4340, Fax: 020 7898 4329, Email:


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