In a strange land with strangers standing by...

A one-day conference celebrating ONE THOUSAND YEARS of SHAHNAMEH 

October 1st, 2011
Grant Recital Hall
Brown University


Composed one thousand years ago by Persian poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi, the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) tells the mythical and historical past of Iran, from the creation of the world to the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.  

This conference explores the significance of the Shahnameh to a broad range of fields--from its profound influence upon subsequent Persian literature, to its representation of early scientific practices, to its complex interweaving of history and myth, the Shahnameh offers a unique opportunity to explore and reflect upon the incredible power of a single work of literature.

Join for us a day of interdisciplinary and cross-cutlural discussion and perfomance, as we explore the vexed relationship between reading and writing history and literature, which is brought so thoroughly and beautifully to light by Ferdowsi's Shahnameh.

This event is co-sponsored by Brown University's Office of International Affairs,  the Graduate International Colloquium Fund, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Graduate Student Council, Middle East Studies, and the Departments of Theatre and Performance Studies, Music, and History.