Zoroastrianism: A Symposium
Touraj Daryaee: "Zoroastrian Sacred History: From Alexander to Islam"
Jenny Rose: "From Samarkand to Southern California: A Zoroastrian Synopsis"
Dayna Kalleres: "Zoroastrian Legacy: Devils and Demons in Early Christianity?"
Monday, March 3, 2014
Great Hall at International House, UC San Diego
North Torrey Pines Road & Pangea Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093
Free. Open to the public. No registration.
Touraj Daryaee is the Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. He is the editor of the Name-ye Iran-e Bastan: The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies and the creator of Sasanika: The Late Antique Near East Project. Dayraee’s edited volume, The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History, was named to Choice's Best Academic Books list for 2012.
Jenny Rose is a historian of religions, who currently teaches Zoroastrian Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She holds a doctorate in Ancient Iranian Studies from Columbia University, and her dissertation was published as The Image of Zoroaster: The Persian Mage Through European Eyes (Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2000). Jenny’s two most recent books—Zoroastrianism: An Introduction (I.B. Tauris, 2011), and Zoroastrianism: A Guide for the Perplexed, (Continuum, 2011)—have both been well received. Jenny lectures extensively at other academic institutions, museums, and Zoroastrian Association events throughout North America and Europe. She also leads study-tours of important archaeological, cultural and devotional sites in Iran and Central Asia.Dayna Kalleres is Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and director of the Program for the Study of Religion at UC San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University, with a specialization in Early Christianity. After finishing her doctorate, Dr. Kalleres spent three years as an Andrew Mellon Stanford Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow; during 2005-06, she held an appointment as a lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at Stanford as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of the Pacific. Her current book project investigates the interrelationship between of demonology and embodiment in the construction of Christian Subjectivity in the Late Ancient Antioch (Antakya in southeastern Turkey).