Programme

12 June 2014

8:45–09:00 Opening remarks: Ali Ansari

09:00–09:45 | Keynote lecture

Prof. Shaked – ‘Iranian kingship, priesthood and religion according to the written records’

09:45–10:00 Short break

10:00–11:30 | Session Ⅰ: The ancient world

  • Lynette Mitchell – ‘Greco-Achaemenid ideologies of kingship’
  • Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones – ‘Khilat and the king: The royal robe in Achaemenid Iran’
  • Miles Lester-Pearson – ‘Religious authority and cultural memory in early Achaemenid Babylon’

Chair: Ali Ansari

11:30–12:00 Tea/Coffee break

12:00–13:30 | Session Ⅱ: The aesthetics of kingship

  • Matthew Canepa – ‘Space, place and Iranian royal cosmologies: the natural, urban and built environments of Iranian kingship’
  • Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis – ‘The ancient Iranian twins: the divine and the royal’
  • Michael Shenkar – ‘Royal regalia and “Divine Kingship” in pre-Islamic Central Asia’

Chair: Robert Hillenbrand

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00 | Session Ⅲ: Conflict and coexistence

  • Jonathan Coulston – ‘Triumphal iconography and the Sassanid art of war’
  • Shai Secunda – ‘All lost objects go to the king: Talmudic perceptions of Sasanian sovereignty in ‘Finder’s Keepers’ and beyond’
  • David Bagot – ‘Armenian P’ark: Armenian cultural perceptions for understanding Farr in the Sasanian Period’

Chair: Carole Hillenbrand

16:00 – 16:30 Tea/Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30 | Session Ⅳ: Reimagining sovereignty in post-Islamic Iran

  • Dan Sheffield – ‘The lord of the planetary court: The sovereignty of the ancients in the thought of Āẕar Kayvān and his associates’
  • Ali Ansari – ‘Iranian kingship: Ancient and modern’

Chair: Jonathan Coulston

13 June 2014

09:30 – 11:00 | Session Ⅰ: Zoroastrianism and political ideology

  • Touraj Daryaee – ‘From majesty to glory: The changing nature of Sasanian kingship’
  • François de Blois – ‘Sasanian royalist ideology and Zoroastrian millennialism’
  • Arash Zeini – ‘The king in the mirror of the Zand’

Chair: Tim Greenwood

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/Coffee break

Discussions