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Acclaim for the Quarterly of Persian Gulf Studies of the Iranology Foundation in the 8th International Persian Gulf Festival of Art and Culture

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The 8th International Persian Gulf Art and Culture Festival was held on 30April 2018 in Hormozgan Province.In this Festival and in presence of the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Governor of Hormozgan, and representatives of Hormozgan Province in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, the Quarterly of Persian Gulf Studieswas greatly acclaimed and awarded a letter of appreciation and the Festival figurine. The managingeditor of this Quarterly is Mohammad Bahramzadeh. During this event, the book of Travelogue: Voyages of Captain Abbas Daryanavard by Abdolkarim Mashayekhi, Director of the Iranology Foundation-Bushehr Branch, was also commended by Festival authorities.

Iranian Cultural Attaché Visiting President of the Institute of Iranian Studies at Austrian Academy of Sciences

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Mehrdad Agahi, Iranian Cultural Attaché to Austria, discussed the joint cultural cooperation activities between the two countries in a meeting with Florian Schwarz, President of the Institute of Iranian Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Schwarz stated that, in his evaluation, the quality of the teaching of Iranology courses at Vienna University was at a desirablelevel. He also asked the Iranian Cultural Center in Austria to hold a one-day workshop focusing on Iranology.

By referring to the long history of cultural relationships between Iran and Austria, Agahi announced that the cultural center of Iran in Austria is ready to send the top Iranology students to Iran for an instructional course on Iranology. He added that the second part of the "Exhibition of 7000 Years of Iranian Civilization: From the Islamic Period until the Present Time" will be held in Austria in case the necessary facilities are provided.

While welcoming the holding of this Exhibition, Dr. Schwarz stated that this project is extremely important and, in case it becomes a reality, it will exercise a very strong influence on strengthening the cultural relationships between the two countries.

The European Iranology Society Awarding Prizes to the Best Dissertations in the Field of Iranology

The European Iranology Society has announced that it will award prizes to the PhD dissertations on Iranology-related themes. The prizes will be presented in the 9th Conference on Iranian Studies, which will be held on 9-13 September 2019.

The European Iranology Institute(Societas Iranologica Europaea(S.I.E)) is an international institute in Rome. Its purpose is to expand the domain of studies on Iran during the ancient, middle, and modern periods in many fields such as linguistics, literature, history, religions, art, archaeology, philosophy, ethnography, and geography. Several Iranologists from different countries cooperate with this institute.

Holding the 3rd Conference on Iranian Studies Entitled "Iran Between World War II and the Islamic Revolution "

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Iran House in Berlin will hold a conference on cultural and social problems of Iran in the past for Iranian university students living in Germany. The conference will focus on the changes in people's lifestyles, urban and rural life structures, and art and literature during the time interval between 1941 and 1978. This three-day conference will be held in Iran House in Berlin on 15-17 June. The main themes of the conference are as follows:

1. Impact of Reza Shah's Policies on Archaism

2. Iran's Cultural Policies during the Second Pahlavi Period

3. Iranian Young Society and Contemporary World

4. Role of Modern Arts in Social Changes: Cinema, Music, and Graphics

5. Social Demands of Iranians: Desirable Welfare

6. University and Government

7. National Iranian TV and Cultural Events(Festivals) and their Effects on Rural Middle Class Families

8. A Comparison of lifestyles in Urban and Rural Society

9. Poetry and Literature: Language of Expressing Social Demands

10. The Influence of the Use of Modern Tools and Methods in Explaining Religious Problems for Attracting the Public in the Course of Revolution

Publication of the Collection of the Papers of the International Iranology Conference on" Iranian Civilization: Past, Present, and Future" in Italy

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The Cultural Center of Iran in Italy published the collection of the papers presented at the International Iranology Conference on "Iranian Civilization: Past, Present, and Future" under the supervision of Professor Pier Francesco Callieri and Professor Adriano Rassi, President of the International Society for Mediterranean and Oriental Studies (ISMEO-Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l'Oriente). This collection consists of 20 chapters divided into four sections: Man and Environment, Forms of Construction, Image and Writing, and Iranian Collections at the National Museum of Oriental Art" Giuseppe Tucci" in Rome. The collection also includes a pictorial appendix,

The Iranology Conference on "Iranian Civilization: Past, Present, and Future" was held with the cooperation of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy, Italian Society of Mediterranean and Oriental Studies ( ISMEO), National Museum of Oriental Art "Giuseppe Tucci" of Rome, Sapienza University of Rome, and some of the universities in Naples and Bologna with presence of 27 distinguished Iranian, Italian, Polish, and German Iranologists on 22-23 February 2013 at L’OdeonHall of the Literature and Philosophy Faculty of Sapienza University and the Museum of Oriental Art "Giuseppe Tucci" of Rome.

Holding the Conference of Iran,the Several-Thousand-Year Heritage and Contemporary Realities" at Aix-Marseille University in France

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The Conference of Iran,the Several-Thousand-Year Heritage and Contemporary Realities" was held by the cultural center of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Paris with the cooperation of Aix-Marseille University, National Center for Scientific Studies(cnrs), Mediterranean Research Center for Humanities (MMSH), and the Research Institute of the Arab and Muslim world(IREMAM) on 29-30 March 2018 at Aix-Marseille University.

The themes of the conference included the following: Cultural distortions in studies on Iranian art; Sufism in Nishabur; Christianity in the Sassanid Era;Esfand,the holy plant; Scholars' encounter with the distortion of constitution; 10th century Nishabur and its role in expanding Sufism; Mourning for Imam Hossein(a) and his glory; Pathology of Tajik and Persian grammar, and Ghaznavids and the Abbasid Caliph in the 10th and 11th centuries(AH).

Holding the Conference on "Iranology in Balkans" in Bosnia and Herzegovin

The International Conference of “Iranology in Balkans” was held on 10-11 May 2018 with the cooperation of the Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Sarajevo. In this Conference, a number of Iranologists form Iran and different countries of the Balkans region delivered speeches about the activities in the field of Iranology in their own countries and discussed the use of some strategies in order to reinforce and expand such activities.

Inscription of The St. Petersburg Muraqqato UNESCO's World Heritage Memory

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The ceremony of awarding the letter of inscription of the Album of Iranian Calligraphy and Miniatures (The St. Petersburg Muraqqa)to UNESCO'S World Heritage Memory was held in St. Petersburg on 4 April 2018. The event hosted Reza Maleki, Iranian Cultural Attaché to Russia; Andrei Artizov, Chairman of the Russian Committee of the UNESCO Program “The World Memory” and Head of Federal Archive Agency of Russia; Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, Director of Hermitage Museum, and Irina Fedorovna Popova, Director of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg.

A number of Iranologists and experts of artistic works and manuscripts also participated in this event. During the ceremony, Andrei Artizov acknowledged that The St. Petersburg Muraqqa is the first Islamic-Iranian work which has been inscribed to UNESCO'S world Heritage Memory.

The St. Petersburg Muraqqa is a unique album including 94 miniatures of Mongol and Isfahan schools and samples of Iranian calligraphy of the Safavid era. This album is particularly important because it has maintained its original form. There are only two similar albums in the world that can compare to this workin terms of volume and significance. A part of this album includes some of the works of MirEmad Qazvini, one of the most famous calligraphers of Iran.

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