Dr Ali Mozaffari: Picturing Pasargadae: Visual Representation and Ambiguities of Heritage in Iran

Wednesday 27 September 2017


This paper probes the relationship between visual representations and visitation practices at Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Iran. Presenting a systematic analysis of publicly available, online images of Pasargadae, the paper complicates the relationship between the place and its visual representations. Through analysis, the paper elaborates on a sense of intimacy that, while grounding Pasargadae, is also a potential common ground in pre-Islamic heritage in which the Iranian state and society could at once meet and contest versions of identity. Examining this relationship facilitates reflections into both heritage and the peculiarities of its visual representation in the Iranian context.
This seminar is being organized in partnership between the ADI Cultural Heritage stream and the Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizneship and Globalisation

Ali Mozaffari is a Research Fellow with the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute (AAPI), Curtin University. He is the author of Forming National Identity in Iran: The Idea of Homeland Derived from Ancient Persian and Islamic Imaginations of Place (I.B. Tauris, 2014) and editor of World Heritage in Iran: Perspectives on Pasargadae (Routledge, 2016). Mozaffari’s current trans-disciplinary research is on various aspects of architecture and heritage in contemporary Muslim societies.

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins St, Tower 2, Level 12
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