Persianate Studies Workshop

A student-organized, interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to advancing knowledge of the Persianate world in all its many facets. Founded in 2014, the PSW creates a space for scholars and students to transcend the boundaries of department and discipline to share their work and receive critical feedback on their research. Our participants are drawn from several departments and programs here at Michigan and beyond, including History, Near Eastern Studies, Anthropology, Art History, and Comparative Literature. Biweekly meetings in the form of workshops, working groups, film screenings, and guest lectures will allow for the scholarly community at U of M to engage with various conceptual, theoretical, temporal, and geographical approaches to the study of the Persianate world, thereby contributing to the growing field of Persianate/Iranian studies both at the University and in academia.

Our coordinators for the 2018-2019 academic year are Golriz Farshi ( and Marian Smith ( Feel free to get in touch!

On this site, you will be able to learn more about the Workshop, access an archive of past events, and stay up-to-date with our plans for future events and activities.


Upcoming Events

Monday, September 24, 2018

Workshop: Rashid al-Din, William of Rubruck, and the Mongol Court Debate: Or Why Muslims Succeeded to Convert the Mongols and the Christians Failed, Yoni Brack (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

5:00-7:00 PM, Osterman Common Room, 1022 South Thayer Building



Rackham Graduate School @ University of Michigan

Department of Near Eastern Studies

Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies