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Iranian Studies

Dr. Florian Schwarz, ÖAW
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Within this program, “Iranian Studies” focus on the role of representations of Iranian culture in processes of cultural transmission, transfer and communication in the (Western) Himalaya region. The region - more specifically the “Pamir knot”: the Pamir, Karakoram, Hindukush, Zarafshan, Tien Shan and Kunlun area – is understood as a dynamic system of multiple cultural contact zones and borderlands. This part of the program offers a wide range of possibilities for dissertation research. Research topics from one of the following thematic, methodological and chronological areas are particularly welcome:

Theme 1: Material culture in the transition from Late Antiquity to the early Islamic period (6th-13th cc.), in particular the study of coins as carriers of multiple cultural expressions.

Theme 2: Muslim ritual communities, 13th-18th centuries: interconnections and interactions between Muslim and non-Muslim ritual communities, networks and sacred landscapes between Tien Shan, Hindukush and Kashmir.

Theme 3: Historical cultural anthropology of the modern period (19th-20th cc.): archival and anthropological research on regional and trans-communal communications, focusing on pilgrimage, local/regional tourism, migration, trade and gift exchange from the 19th century to the present.