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An archive of the Trust’s lectures, symposia and special events

2017

  • 11 March: Book launch: Holy Wealth: Accounting for This World and The Next in Religious Belief and Practice: Festschrift for John R. Hinnells | More
  • 3 March: Special event for Friends of the Trust Catherine Ansorge (University Library, Cambridge): The Reverend George Lewis and his collection of Persian manuscripts | More
  • 10 February: Elizabeth Key Fowden (FAMES/Classics, University of Cambridge): Eastern Kings and Ancient Philosophers in Ottoman Athens
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  • 27 January: Suraiya Faroqhi (Istanbul Bilgi University): Importing and marketing Iranian fabrics | More
Photos 2017

2016

  • 2-3 December: 4th Annual Allchin Symposium | More
  • 2 December: Jennifer Scarce (University of Dundee)
    Qajar nostalgia for Sassanians | More
  • 18 November: Christian Sahner (St John’s College, Cambridge)
    Zoroastrians and Christians under early Muslim rule | More
  • 28 October: in association with the Cambridge Festival of Ideas:
    Alan Williams (University of Manchester): Migration and the Mango Tree that Walked: the Arrival of Persian Zoroastrians in Eighth-century India
  • 21 October: Sudeshna Guha (Shiv Nadar University)
    ‘Nineveh’ in Bombay and histories of Indian Archaeology | More
  • 14 October: Special event for Friends of the Trust
    Conor Jameson and Stephanie Morren (RSPB): Save Asia’s Vultures | More
  • 9 July: Rubaiyat Research Day | More
  • 20 June: Reception for workshop ‘Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre’ | More
  • 12 June: AIIT Summer Garden Party | More
  • 3 June: AIIT Honorary Fellow Lecture 2016
    Anna Dallapiccola: South Indian mural paintings (16th to 18th centuries) | More
  • 22-23 May: Board Meeting and Workshop of the Societas Iranologica Europaea
  • 20 May: Katherine Schofield (King’s College, London)
    Music, art and affective power between 16th century North India and the Deccan
  • 12.5.16 Award of Sinor Medal to Nicholas Sims-Williams and Lecture: The Bactrian Archives | More
  • 6 May: Special Event for Friends of the Trust
    Geoffrey Hales: Kipling in India – a dramatized talk
  • 18 March: Part of the Cambridge Science Festival
    Raymond Mercier (Cambridge): Calendars in India and a problem with eclipses in Orissa | More
  • 26 February: Special Event for Friends of the Trust
    T. Richard Blurton (British Museum): Krishna in the Garden of Assam
  • 19 February: Arthur Dudney (Cambridge)
    What language did Kiyomars speak? Seventeenth and Eighteenth century theories on the origins of Persian| More
  • 12 February: Michelle Quay (Cambridge)
    Female Heroism in Sufi Hagiographical texts – from Sulami (d. 1021) to ‘Attar (d. ca. 1221) | More
Photos 2016

2015

  • 16 December: Book launch: Arts of the Hellenized East | More
  • 27 November: Robin Ackroyd
    Mongol nutag, Chingisiin Ongon – Monglian homeland, Genghis Khan’s tomb
  • 20 November: Friends Event
    Almut Hintze (SOAS): Living scholarship: a journey into Indo-Iranian Studies
  • 6 November: Cameron Petrie (Cambridge)
    Adaptation to variable environments, resilience to climate change; Land, Water and Settlement and the Indus Civilization
  • 16 October: Christine van Ruymbeke (Cambridge)
    Kashefi’s Anvar-e Sohayli: Rewriting Kalila wa-Dimna in Timurid Herat
  • 5 June: Rosemary Crill (Senior Curator, Asian Department, V&A Museum)
    The Fabric of India
  • 8 May: John Falconer (Curator of Visual Arts, British Library)
    Photography and the Archaeological Survey of India 1855-1900
  • 24 April: Margaret Cone (Darwin College, Cambridge)
    The Joys and Sorrows of Pali
  • 6 March: François de Blois (UCL)
    Sasanian royalist ideology and Zoroastrian millennialism
  • 20 February: Vesta Curtis (British Museum)
    The power and purpose of iconography in ancient Iran
  • 6 February: Special Event for Friends of the Trust
    Sam Lieu (Macquarie University, Sydney): Between Parthia and Rome – Palmyra and Dura Europos
  • 23 January: Gabor Kosa (ELTE University, Budapest)
    Judgement after death: the Manichaean cosmology painting
Photos 2015

2014

  • 5-6 December: Second Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology
  • 5 December: at the McDonald Institute for Archeological Research,
    Prof Michael Petraglia (Oxford): South Asia: Central or Peripheral to the Out of Africa Story
  • 28 November: Razia Sultanova (Cambridge)
    Music of the Uzbeks of Northern Aghanistan
  • 14 November: Sam van Schaik (British Library)
    The Married Monks of Kroraina
  • 7 November: Friends screening of: Following the Peacock, a film by Dr Eszther Spät
  • 24 October: part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas
    Sir Nicholas Barrington: Envoy – the experiences of a diplomat in Asia
  • 17 October: Imre Galambos (Cambridge)
    A Forgotten Civilisation: Remains of the Tangut Kingdom in Central Asia
  • 16 May: Nicholas Sims-Williams (SOAS)
    Go East Young Man! A personal journey
  • 23 May: Touraj Daryaee (UCI)
    The Sasanian Empire as a Garden: The walls and rivers of the Sasanian Empire
  • 11 May: Half day workshop
    Bactria and the transition to Islam
  • 9 May: Nina Mirnig
    The Religious Centre of Pashupatinath: Early Nepalese Shaiva Inscriptions in Context
  • 25 April: Prof Geoffrey Greatrex (Ottawa)
    Procopius’ Persian Tales: entertainment, history or morality fable?
  • 21 February: Janice Stargardt (Cambridge)
    The Early Kingdoms of Burma 1st-8th century CE
  • 14 February: Eleanor Sims
    Heinrich Friedrich von Diez’s “little Collection of Paintings Illustrating Firdausi’s Shahnama”
Photos 2014
Bactria and the Transition to Islam

2013

  • 13 December: Bailey Memorial Lecture
    Professor Maria Macuch (Berlin): Kinship Ties and Fictive Alliances in Sasanian Law
  • 6 December: part of inaugural Annual Allchin Symposium in South Asian Archaeology
    Prof. Adam Hardy (Cardiff): Digging up Designs: reconstructing medieval Indian temples from stones, drawings and texts
  • 29 November: Christophe ROUSTAN-DELATOUR (Museums of Cannes)
    The Spirit of Place: Penelope Betjeman’s Himalayan photographs
  • 8 November: Dr Llewelyn MORGAN (Oxford)
    Gradus ad Aornon. Classicists in NW India & Afghanistan
  • 1 November: Prof. Monica SMITH (UCLA)The Urban Hinterlands of Kalinga in the Early Historic period: Archaeology at Sisupalgarh and Talapada
  • 25 October:  Dr Cameron PETRIE
    Frontiers and edges of empires: living in the borderlands of Pakistan from the Neolithic to the spread of Islam
  • 14 June: Maria SCHETELICH (Leipzig)
    Why Chess could have been invented in India. A never-ending Story
  • 7 June: Friends event:
    Dr Sudeshna Guha: Tour of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
  • 31 May: Dr Arezou AZAD (Oxford)
    The Balkh Art and Cultural Heritage project: exploration, maps and silk road history from Balkh, northern Afghanistan
  • 24 May: Dinyar PATEL (Harvard)
    Indians in Late Victorian Britain: Perspectives from the Naoroji Papers
  • 3 May: Professor Almut HINTZE (SOAS)
    A Zoroastrian Vision
  • 1 March: Dr Jeevan DEOL (Cambridge)
    The Sikhs of Afghanistan: some notes toward a cultural, social and literary history ca. 1600-2012
  • 15 February: Dr John MACGINNIS (Cambridge)
    Excavating a Provincial capital of the Assyrian Empire: The Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Project
  • 11 January: Dr Badshah SARDAR (Ancient India & Iran Trust)
    Buddhist Collection of Nimogram Swat, Pakistan: Its History, Classification, Analysis and Chronology
Photos 2013

2012

  • 30 November: Dr Peter JOHANSEN (British Columbia)
    Following in the Footsteps of the Allchins: Recent Archaeological Research in Central Karnataka
  • 23 November: Professor Louise MARLOW (Wellesley College)
    Ancient Wisdom in Early Arabic Advice Literature
  • 16 November: Dr Annabel GALLOP (British Library)
    Ottoman Links across the Indian Ocean
  • 2 November: Professor Eijiro DOYAMA (University of Osaka)
    The unusual birth of the hero in ancient Indian mythology
  • 24 October: Professor Almut HINTZE (SOAS)
    A Zoroastrian Vision
  • 25 May (3pm): Friends Event
    A guided tour of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s exhibition The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China, led by exhibition curator Dr James Lin, Senior Assistant Keeper of Applied Arts
  • 11 May: Sue Stronge (Asian Department, V&A Museum)
    Court art in the reign of Jahangir
  • 4 May: Professor Julius Lipner (Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge)
    A Hostage to Fortune? Hinduism and the Classical
  • 27 April: Professor Jean Kellens (Collége de France, Paris)
    Some Thoughts on Young Avestan Polytheism
  • 9 March: Dr Agnes Korn (Frankfurt)
    Discoveries in language from modern and ancient times: Caucasian-Albanian to modern Udi
  • 24 February: Friends Event
    Ursula Sims-Williams (Ancient India & Iran Trust and British Library)
    Harold Bailey: Founding Trustee of the Ancient India & Iran Trust
  • 17 February: Dr Gillian JULEFF (Exeter)
    Technology and evolution: Asian metallurgy from protohistoric Sri Lanka to Japanese steel
  • 10 February: Mr Kaveh BAKHTIAR (SOAS)
    Islamic Architecture of Britain
  • 27 January: Dr Bruno de NICOLA (Cambridge)
    The Mongol Khatun’s Economic Activity
Photos 2012

2011

  • 2 Dec: Dr Paul RUSSELL and Dr Elizabeth BOYLE (Cambridge)
    Colonialism and Celticism: Whitley Stokes in India (1862-1882)
  • 25 Nov: Dr Razia SULTANOVA (Director, Centre for Central Asian Music, and Fellow, Central Asian Forum, Cambridge)
    Music from Central Asia: From Shamanism to Sufism
  • 11 Nov: Veronica DOUBLEDAY (Independent Scholar)
    The Legacy of Quatrain Singing as practiced in Afghanistan
  • 28 Oct: Dr Ilya YAKUBOVICH (Moscow State University)
    The Invention of Old Persian
  • 26 Oct (Wed): Professor Nicholas SIMS-WILLIAMS (SOAS)
    Deciphering Bactrian- An Illustrated Lecture
  • 14 Oct: Prof. A. POOLE (Cambridge), Dr. C van RUYMBEKE (Cambridge), William MARTIN and Sandra MASON (Independent Scholars & Chairs of AIIT Friends)
    Omar Khayyám and FitzGerald’s Rubáiyát after 2009
  • 10 June: Professor Herman TIEKEN (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
    The function of the So-called Ashoka Pillars
  • 20 May: Dr Christiane ESCHE-RAMSHORN (Independent)
    Christian Art between Europe and the Middle East (14th-15th c.). Nakhitchevan and its sacred geography explored in a multi-faith context
  • 6 May: Professor Alberto CANTERA, (University of Salamanca)
    Why do we really need a new edition of the Avesta?
  • 19 April: Professor Robin CONINGHAM, (University of Durham)
    Lumbini: preserving and protecting a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal
  • 11 March: Anton ZYKOV (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford)
    Nasusalars and khandias in the Zoroastrian communities of Iran and India
  • 25 February: Dr Erica HUNTER (School of African and Oriental Studies London)
    The Christian Library from Turfan
  • 4 February: Dr Vincenzo VERGIANI (University of Cambridge)
    Pānini’s Grammar: its role in the hegemony of Sanskrit and some open questions
  • 28 January: Professor Samuel N.C. LIEU, (Macquarie University, Australia)
    From Xerxes to Kemal Ataturk
Photos 2011

2010

  • 10 Dec: Bailey Memorial Lecture: Professor Frantz Grenet (Paris)
    The rediscovery of the court culture of the Qarakhanids (11th to early 13th centuries): recent results of the French-Uzbek Archaeological Mission at Afrasiab (Samarkand)
  • 26 Nov: Dr Annabel Gallop (British Library) and Dr Venetia Porter (British Museum) (lecture accompanying exhibition)
    Islamic Seals: Treasures from the British Library and the British Museum
  • 19 Nov: Friends Event
    Guided visit to the Shahname exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, with Prof. Charles Melville.
  • 12 Nov: A celebration of the life and work of Dr Bridget Allchin and the late Dr Raymond Allchin
    Professor Robin Coningham (Durham): From Kabul to Kelaniya: Raymond Allchin and the Archaeology of South Asia
    Professor Robin Dennell (Sheffield): A life in stone: a retrospective appreciation of Bridget Allchin and the South Asian Palaeolithic’
  • 29 Oct: Roger Cooper
    A New Look at the Sikhs
  • 15 Oct: Professor Charles Melville (Cambridge)
    An Illustrated Shahname
  • 4 June: Professor Vicente Dobroruka (University of Brasilia)
    Hellenistic Political Propaganda and Zoroastrian Oracles
  • 28 May: Dr Rosemary Crill (Senior Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum, London)
    The Indian Portrait 1560–1860
  • 15 May: Special event
    Recent Research on the Cultural History of Sri Lanka
  • 14 May: Dr Sethuraman Suresh (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Chennai, India)
    From Kanchipuram to Kampuchea: A Millennium of Trade and Cultural Exchanges between South India and Cambodia
  • 7 May: Professor Stanley Insler (Yale University)
    The Oldest Zoroastrian Calendar
  • 12 February: Dr Cameron Petrie (University of Cambridge)
    Lost rivers and life on the plains — human interaction with the environment in early Indian civilization
  • 29 January: Professor Michael Pye (University of Marburg and Otani University, Kyoto)
    Lives of the Buddha and the initial dynamics of the Buddhist religion
  • 15 January: Conor Jameson and Rhys Green (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, London)
    Cause and consequences of the catastrophic decline of vultures across South Asia
Photos 2010