University of Toronto and Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation announce innovative multi-year partnership
Source: Iranica Foundation Encyclopedia
Foreshadowing a dynamic era for Iranian studies, the
Iranica Foundation Encyclopedia today announced an innovative multi-year partnership between the
University of Toronto and the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation. This new alliance will be dedicated to sharing with the world exciting new research in two key areas – Iranian women poets and Iranian cinema.
The projects of the digital research compendium are:
Iranian Poets (IWP) is an integrative reference work of medieval, modern and contemporary women poets writing in Persian. Drawing on decades of transdisciplinary retrieval research in Persian literary studies, IWP provides literary history articles on female poets and their poetic agency, imaginations, tropes, narratives and lives, as well as provenance. and the literary / historical significance of their poetry. As a digital collection, IWP is an academic reconceptualization of biographical dictionaries of women poets (tadkira), which began with Fakri Herāvi’s Javāher-al-ʿAjāyeb (Jewels of Wonder) in the mid-16th century.
Iranian Cinema (IC) is an authoritative reference work on all aspects of film and film production in Iran. Ranging from the rudimentary film industry of the late 19th century to the counterintuitive rise of internationally renowned cinema after the Iranian revolution of 1979, Iranian cinema has proven to be one of the most important cultural production sites. assets of modern Iran. IC provides historical articles on Iranian cinema, genres, cinematographic movements, filmographies, screenwriters, directors, composers, stars, lyricists, directors of photography, set designers, sound specialists, editors, choreographers, movie studios, movie theaters, movie posters, movie critics and audiences, among other topics related to this theme.
The Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation will publish the digital research collections via its website, which is freely accessible to all.
About the University of Toronto
Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto has become the leading institution for learning, discovery and knowledge creation in Canada and is consistently ranked among the top twenty universities in the world. Within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (NMC) is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the civilizations and cultures of the Near and Middle East. It ranges from Neolithic times to the present day, including archeology, history, mythology, religion and thought, art and architecture, and language and literature. Over the past decades, NMC, along with other departments of the University, has devoted significant resources to the development of Iranian studies. In 2020, the University announced the establishment of the Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies, which brings together more than twenty academics from various disciplines of social and human sciences.
Ramine Rouhani, PhD, President of the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, said: “The extraordinary depth, breadth and high quality of the research produced at the University, the variety of courses offered and the large number of excellent students and graduates in fields related to Iranian civilization all make the University of Toronto a natural partner for the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation. “
Professor Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi will be the principal investigator for both projects. While the research effort will draw on academic expertise from around the world, the research and writing team will be based in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. This will include a dedicated editor, two associate editors dedicated to each compendium project, two postdoctoral fellows or research associates, and four graduates (doctoral level) and four undergraduate research assistants. Research assistants will be co-funded by the Foundation and the University, thus demonstrating a shared commitment to the project.
The Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation and the University of Toronto look forward to working together on these important thematic collections in the years to come and to widely share this research on open access platforms easily accessible to various readers and researchers around the world.
About the Iranica Foundation Encyclopedia
The Iranica Encyclopedia Foundation was established with the mission of conducting and conducting research on all aspects of Iranian and related studies.