Iran Colloquium Spring 2022
Matthew Melvin-Koushki (PhD Yale) is Associate Professor and McCausland Fellow of History at the University of South Carolina. He specializes in early modern Islamicate intellectual and imperial history, with a philological focus on the theory and practice of the occult sciences in Timurid-Safavid Iran and the broader Persianate world to the nineteenth century, and a disciplinary focus on history of science, history of philosophy and history of the book. His forthcoming books include Occult Philosophers and Philosopher Kings in Early Modern Iran and The Occult Science of Empire in Aqquyunlu-Safavid Iran: Two Shirazi Lettrists and Their Manuals of Magic.
Khodadad Rezakhani is a global historian focusing on Central and West Asia in the first millennium CE. He is the author of ReOrienting the Sasanians(Edinburgh UP, 2017) and forthcoming volumes Creating the Silk Road: Travel, Trade, and Myth-Making (Bloomsbury) and Iran in the Early Medieval Period (One World). He is currently Research Scholar at Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University, in the Netherlands.
Nur Sobers-Khan is the director of the Aga Khan Documentation Center, a research center and archive of Islamic visual culture and urbanism at MIT. From 2015-2021, she was the Lead Curator for South Asia Collections at the British Library, London, where she was responsible for curating the South Asian printed book and manuscript collections and was Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded project Two Centuries of Indian Print (2016-2021). Her current research focuses on the transition from manuscript to print in South Asia and the creation of new genres and forms of reading through the circulation of lithographed texts on cosmology, dream interpretation and other divinatory literatures.She has taught at the University of Cambridge, St Mary’s University College, and Habib University, where she designed the undergraduate courses, “Dream Interpretation: A Decolonial History” and “Islamic Art and Visual Culture: From the Middle East to South Asia.”
Hasan Siddiqui is an Assistant Professor of South Asian History in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of early modern India. His current projects and forthcoming publications include studies of encyclopedic writing and the history of political thought in the Mughal empire. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of South Asian Intellectual History.