MUYA’s Virtual Reality project ‘Living Zoroastrianism’ (SOAS) acknowledged at BAFTSS awards

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The Multimedia Yasna Project (MUYA) has received special mention at the 2020 British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) awards ceremony.  Their Virtual Reality project ‘Living Zoroastrianism‘, from Anna Sowa and AIIT trustee Almut Hintze, includes key scenes from the Yasna ritual as a virtual reality experience. AIIT trustee Almut Hintze (Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at SOAS) is Principal Investigator of the project The Multimedia Yasna, whose chief objective is an interactive film of the Yasna ceremony and editions with translations and commentaries of parts of the …

Digging through the Trust’s Allchin Archive proves rewarding for visiting fellow

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At the beginning of March, the Trust welcomed NTICVA (Nehru Trust for the Indian Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum) Visiting Fellowhip recipient Professor Arjun Rao. Professor Rao is from the Department of History and Archaeology at Central University, Karnataka, and is currently working on several areas of prehistoric archaeological research, but wanted to visit AIIT during his fellowship in the UK to look at the research papers and notes related to Raymond Allchin’s PhD thesis on prehistoric sites in South India. The trust archive holds a copy of …

Nicholas Sims-Williams lectures at General Assembly of the Union Académique Internationale

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The General Assembly of the Union Académique Internationale (International Union of Academies), which took place in Paris on 25-29 November, was attended by no less than three of our trustees: Professor Almut Hintze and Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams, as the two representatives of the British Academy, and Professor Sam Lieu, the current President of the UAI. The UAI was founded in 1919 at the conclusion of World War I, with the aim of bringing together the academies of the world to collaborate on long-term projects. This centenary General Assembly concluded on …

Christine van Ruymbeke Delights Audience at Ninth European Conference of Iranian Studies

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By Almut Hintze On 10 September 2019, AIIT trustee Christine van Ruymbeke treated the participants of the Ninth European Conference of Iranian Studies, held in Berlin on 9–13 September 2019, to her keynote lecture: ‘Rediscovering a literary treasure. The Anvār-e Sohayli written by Vaʿez Kāshefi in 15th-century Herat’. And what a treat it was! It was a pure delight to listen to Christine as she spoke on the literary merits of Kāshefi’s work, and the many failures of scholars to see them. The richly illustrated lecture was spiced with wit, …

The House in Spring

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By James Cormick. Now that we have pruned back the huge cherry laurels that were not only invading the lawn but also blocking the view, we can take long distance shots of the house from the road and the drive. It is looking lovely this spring, particularly with the Himalayan indigo plant framing the porch in flower.