Recognizing the value in thoughtful and comprehensive research and analysis of Iran’s important role in the world, as well as its rich and diverse history, CMES is pleased to announce a new Iranian studies programming initiative. This programming, made possible by a generous anonymous donation, will support an array of lectures and workshops and serve as a catalyst to ignite future Iranian programming at Harvard. Gurney Professor of History Roy P. Mottahedeh, who was “delighted to hear about this wonderful donation,” will be leading the initiative. One of the first workshops in this series will analyze the local history of Iranian communities, an important but neglected area. These local histories from the tenth century up to the twentieth century offer a rich source for social and economic history as they reflect the actual structures of society in towns and their surrounding countryside. Material from this workshop will be collected for future publication.
May 15, 2014