index paisley   Dr Yuka Kadoi

She received her Ph.D. in Islamic art history from the University of Edinburgh where she studied and taught art history. She had previously worked as a curator at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha and the Art Institute of Chicago, before returning to Scotland where she joined the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh, in 2012. With a dual background of Chinese and Islamic art histories, combined with her museum career, she specialises in the artistic and cultural relationship between the Islamic world (with the focus on the Persianate lands in Iran and Central Asia) and East Asia in pre-modern times, especially during the time of the Mongol Empire, and researches aspects of Islamic and Asian art historiography in the early 20th century. She has written widely on the art of Islamic Eurasia from cross-cultural perspectives, and her major publications include: Islamic Chinoiserie: The Art of Mongol Iran (Edinburgh, 2009); The Shaping of Persian Art: Collections and Interpretations of the Art of Islamic Iran and Central Asia (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2013; co-editor). She has recently guest-edited Orientations Magazine (Hong Kong) for the special issues of April 2013 and October 2014. She is currently preparing for an edited volume on Arthur Upham Pope and early 20th century Persian art historiography, entitled Arthur Upham Pope and A New Survey of Persian Art (Leiden, forthcoming), and, as a curator, leading an exhibition project on the arts of Islamic Eurasia under the Mongols on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the production of Rashid al-Din’s “World History” (August-October 2014).



index paisley    Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

He took up his position as a lecturer in Ancient History at Edinburgh in August 2004. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2010. He received his Phd and MA from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and his BA from the University of Hull. His main research interest lies in the history, culture, and society of Achaemenid Iran and of ancient Greek perceptions of Persia. He work on Greek texts and images of Persia and he has co-authored a volume entitled Ctesias’ History of Persia: Tales of the Orient for Rutledge – this is a full translation of the ‘Persica’, with an introduction, and also a publication called King and Court in Ancient Persia, a study of Persian court society and the role of monarchy in ancient Near Eastern cultures. Within this field, he is particularly interested in the royal court, monarchy and the Great King,  royal women, the ancient Persian body, and the role of dress in ancient Persian culture. As a socio-cultural historian he has several key interests: ancient conceptions of gender, women in antiquity, ancient dress, and the reception of antiquity in popular culture. His work on gender in the ancient world includes investigations of clothing, social space, artistic fantasy and social reality, and theatrical performance. He has published a monograph on veils and veiling in the ancient Greek world and he has written several studies on the role of dress in ancient societies. He is also interested in the reception of antiquity in popular culture, especially epic films. New research at the moment concentrates on the image of the body of the Great King of Persia in Greek and Near Eastern sources, and on the role and semiotics of dress in the Persian Empire. It is hoped that this strand of research will be developed further.



index paisley   Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz

She is the Head of Persian Studies, Lecturer in Persian and Film Studies and the Programme Director of the MSc in Persian Civilisation at the University of Edinburgh. She obtained her MA in Anthropology of Media and PhD in Film and Media Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She is interested in studying the socio-political context of the Middle East through a range of texts, including literature and arts with a particular focus on film. Her study of film is therefore located within its historical context, tracing social and cultural developments and their influences on film. Her key research interests include film’s critical engagement with religion, modernisation and social changes, war and conflict as well the developments within Iranian cinema. Her publications include Shi‘i Islam in Iranian Cinema: Religion and Spirituality in Film and a number of articles on genre and comedy, the city, and truth and justice in Iranian cinema. She is currently working on a number of research projects, chiefly the constructions of masculinities in Iranian cinema from its early pre-Revolutionary era down to the present day. She is also undertaking research on religious epics, with a particular focus on Qur’anic films.





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