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
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
* 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
-- 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
-- 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: email@example.com.