Convenor:  Gabriele Puschnigg

In this webinar series, we explore trans-local perspectives in the history of Iran and its neighbourhood through four case studies that analyse economic, social and cultural processes in different chronological and local settings. Starting from an individual place, region or monument, each study is based on material and/or archaeological evidence and investigates dynamics of trans-regional implications, including questions of economic inequalities, changing organizations of rural spaces as well as urban centres and the entangled histories of object and place. The four lectures present new research along with ongoing projects highlighting the breadth and diversity of current advances in this field.


14th November 2023, 17:00 CET
The dominance of the 'Silk Road' and searching for a non-elite narrative: challenges in writing the economic history of Kushan Central Asia       
Lauren Morris | Charles University Prague

30th January 2024, 17:30 CET
Rural Settlements of the Sasanian era in north-eastern Iraq
Alexander Tamm | Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Hybrid lecture - Seminar room 3, PSK

1st March 2024, 17:00 CET
Medieval Bardhaʿa: bridging Iran and the Caucasus?
Paul Wordsworth | University College London
Hybrid lecture - Seminar room 4, PSK


Preview of subsequent talks in this series (dates to be announced): 

Globalisation and alienation: object histories versus history of place at Persepolis
Lindsay Allen | Kings College London