Institute of Iranian Studies / Institut für Iranistik Austrian Academy of Sciences
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The Institute

Mission Statement

The Institute of Iranian studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences carries out scholarly research on all aspects of Iranian and Persianate cultures and societies in Asia. It advances cutting-edge research in Iranian studies on a philological and historical basis.

The core research projects aim to explore in an exemplary way cultural processes in Iranian and Persian cultures in Asia. A certain emphasis is put on the period from the early modern period to the 20th century, but earlier periods receive full consideration. The geographic area under examination encompasses the regions where historically Iranian languages were dominant. This includes the officially Persian-speaking countries of today – Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan – and historically also the Caucasus, Central Asia and South Asia. The Institute of Iranian Studies promotes methodological diversity and comparative approaches in the humanities.


Core Research Program

The core research areas of the Institute of Iranian Studies are the following: Cultural change in Iranian and Persian societies, Iranian studies with relevance to Austria and Iranian linguistics and onomastics. It dedicates itself also to the development of its Iranian studies research library and to the organization of a Central European Network of Iranian Studies (CENIS). The majority of specific research projects carried out at the institute relate to the core research area “Cultural change in Iranian and Persian societies”. This research focus combines and connects the following areas of content, theory and methodology: (1) Regional, trans-regional and cross-cultural dimensions; (2) Modernities; (3) Literary and visual cultures: Sources and techniques; (4) Archives and cultures of documentation.






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