Conference “Bazm o Razm in the Persianate World: Continuities and Convergences”

Bazm o Razm in the Persianate World (1)

The UNC Persian Studies Program Presents this one-day symposium to provide a space for public discussions of the nuances around discourses of feasting and fighting in the Persianate world, focusing on the cultures of Pre-Islamic and Pre-Modern Persia. We seek to bring together a range of scholars from different disciplines to analyze the wide variety of ways in which literature, culture, and history have reflected, imagined, and discursively constructed the dining, winning, and fighting of the Persianate world.

The conference will be livestreamed at


Full Schedule

8:30-8:45 – Greetings by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Chair of Persian Studies

8:45-10:00 – “The wife and property-sharing, wine-imbibing, Mazdakites, and later Khurramdīns:  Accusations & Realities, Bazm o Razm misunderstood?” 

Speaker: Dr. Parvaneh Pourshariati, CUNY 

Discussant: Dr. Jennifer Gates-Foster, Professor of Classics, UNC-Chapel Hill

10:00-11:15 – “Dining in Eranshahr: politics of dining in late antique Iran”

Speaker: Dr. Layah Bigdeli, PhD Candidate in Art History at UC Irvine

Discussant: Ehsan Sheikhalharam, PhD Candidate in Religious Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

11:15-11:30 – coffee break

11:30-1:00 – “Nān Xwardan Bazm: On the Etiquette of Feasting in Iranshahr”

The Shaida Jarrahi Horner and Vance L. Horner, II Persian Studies Speaker Series Endowment Keynote Speaker: Dr. Touraj Daryaee, Professor of History, UC Irvine

Discussant: Dr. Bruce Lawrence, Professor of Religious Studies, Duke University

1:00-2:00 – Lunch break

2:00-3:15 – “Epic Brutality and Long-Distance Romance: Amity and Violence in Persianate Depictions of East Asia and the Iberian Peninsula”

Speaker: Dr. Kaveh Hemmat, Benedictine University

Discussant: Dr. Waleed Ziad, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

3:15-3:30 – coffee break

3:30-4:45- “The Hunt as Erotic and Martial Training in Early New Persian Poetry”

Speaker: Dr. Domenico Ingenito, Associate Professor of Persian Studies, UCLA

Discussant: Dr. Eren Tasar, Associate Professor of History, UNC-Chapel Hill 

Sponsored by UNC Libraries, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, The Shaida Jarrahi Horner and Vance L. Horner, II Persian Studies Speaker Series Endowment Keynote Speaker, Jarrahi Library, UNC Persian Studies program, UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, ICSNC