The first Interdisciplinary Conference on the Visual Anthropology of Iran entitled “Images of Culture, Culture of Images” is to be held in Oxford University in September 2007, according to a press release.
The two-day conference on the Visual Anthropology of Iran, organized by the Society for Iranian Anthropology (SIRA), is the very first of its kind. The participants will investigate on different issues such as nomadism, rituals and ceremonies, war, gender, aesthetics and language in Iran and its relationship with the other countries.
The SIRA says in its announcement:
Since the 1990s, there has been a growing interest in Iranian cinema which is now internationally recognized as one of the most original and prolific cinemas of all times and whose aesthetics and culture have in the twenty-first century increasingly appealed to a mass audience. The study of visual anthropology is motivated by the belief that one can understand the culture of some people by looking at visual symbols such as gestures, rituals, ceremonies and works of art.