Persian Cultural Crossroads conference
This cross-disciplinary conference explored cultural convergences in literature, art and architecture, history and philosophy from the time of Firdausi in the early 11th century to the present day, within the various Persian empires, Ottoman Turkey, Mughal India and Europe.
Distinguished international guests and Australian specialists explored themes including Persian ideals of love and devotion as expressed through the arts, intersections with the west, and the contemporary legacy.
Keynote speakers included:
- Professor Charles Melville – University of Cambridge
- Dr Zahra Taheri – Australian National University
- Dr Mammad Aidani – University of Melbourne
- Dr Barbara Brend – independent scholar, London
- Dr Stefano Carboni – Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Read more about the keynote speakers.
For an overview of the topics that were discussed, read the abstracts for the papers presented at the conference.
For an outline of the proceedings for each day of the conference, see the conference program.
To watch videos of some of the keynote speakers' presentations, go to the Multimedia page.
The Persian Cultural Crossroads conference was held in Melbourne on 12–14 April 2012 to coincide with Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond. Papers presented at the conference will appear in a special edition of the La Trobe Journal in May 2013.
Love & devotion in the UK
The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.
Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.
Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads
This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.
For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page
Visit the exhibition
The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.
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