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The 1st Triennial Conference of the Scandinavian Society for Iranian Studies was held at the University of Oslo on 30 March 2012. The conference was an ideal opportunity to advance Iranian Studies in Scandinavia, to  facilitate scholarly exchange amongst its membership, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas concerning diverse aspects of Iranian civilization. By all indications the conference was very well received and successful in attracting a truly Scandinavian knowledge community.

The conference provided the participants opportunities for immersion in fields of specialization as well as forays into different disciplines. It made the diversity of the scientific field and of its current themes and topics more known to students and scholars from different disciplines. As such it marked a new and promising beginning for Iranian Studies in Scandinavia.

The conference was attended by 13 participants from 6 countries, with 12 papers presented, and approximately 65 non-participant attendees. There were three sets of sessions. The first special session concerned Language & Literature. The other two sessions covered the topics: Iranian Religions & Archaeology, and Modern History & Politics. The keynote speeches were delivered by Bo Utas of Uppsala University, on the subject ‘Language and Literature: Early Persian Interactions’, and by Fakhreddin Azimi of the University of Connecticut, on  the subject ‘The Historiography of Politics in Modern Iran’.

The SSIS would like to thank all the speakers and attendees for making the 1st Triennial Conference of Iranian Studies a great success. We are looking forward to seeing you again at our future events, and if not sooner, at the next Triennial Conference in Uppsala 2015!

Ashk Dahlén

President, SSIS

Gallery (left to right, horizontal)

1) Bo Utas, Alessandro Cancian and Goulia Ghardashkhani, Helena Bani-Shoraka, Syed Akhtar Husain

2) Maryam Nourzaei, Sonya Farahi and Her Excellency Manizha Bakhtari, Sven Ullring, Goulia Ghardashkhani

3) Selyn Fararuni and Hege Jacobsen, Anders Gorm Sveen and Peder Wessel, Solveig Joten Svensen, Anders Hultgård

4) Alessandro Cancian and Daryoush Mohammad Poor, Fakhreddin Azimi, Syed Sibtain, Kjetil Selvik

5) Yadullah Shahibzadeh, Ashk Dahlén and Nadeem Akhtar

© Photos by Naeem Saddeqi

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