Pedram Khosronejad

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Pedram Khosronejad
Pedram Khosronejad

(1969-04-02) 2 April 1969 (age 50)
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Scientific career
FieldsSocial anthropology and Visual anthropology
ThesisLes Lions en Pierre Sculptés chez les Bakhtiâri : Description et Significations de Sculptures Zoomorphes dans une Société Tribale du Sud-ouest de l'Iran (2007)
Doctoral advisorThierry Zarcone

Pedram Khosronejad (Persian: پدرام خسرونژاد‎; born 1969 Tehran, Iran) is a socio-cultural and visual anthropologist of contemporary Iran. He is of Iranian origin and commenced his studies in Painting (B.A. University of Art, Tehran, Iran) and in Visual Art Research (M.A. University of Art, Tehran, Iran) before moving to France with a PhD grant in 2000. He obtained his D.E.A. (Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies) at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris)[1] and obtained his PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris).[2] His research interests include cultural and social anthropology, the anthropology of death and dying, visual anthropology, visual piety, devotional artefacts, and religious material culture, with a particular interest in Iran, Persianate societies and the Islamic world.

Currently Dr. P. Khosronejad is Farzaneh Family Scholar and Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies at the School of International Studies/School of Media&Strategic Communications of Oklahoma State University. Between 2007-2015 he hold the position of Goli Rais Larizadeh Fellow of the Iran Heritage Foundation for the Anthropology of Iran in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Since its creation, this full-time academic position remained the only academic appointment in Europe and the West dedicated entirely to the anthropology of Iran. [3] He is chair of The Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.[4]

Administrative and Editorial Activities[edit]

  • Founder and series editor, Iranian Studies, Berlin-Münster-Wien-Zürich-London: LIT Verlag, 2014. [1]
  • Founder The Avini Collection, fully academic and university-based research collection (University of St Andrews, U.K.) which currently includes 516 books and films (both documentary and fiction) on different topics and angles vis-à-vis the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), 2013.[2]
  • Founder and curator, Ethnographic Film and Media Festival of the Anthropology of the MiddleEast and Central Eurasia, 2012.[3]
  • Founder and chief editor, Journal of Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME), Sean Kingston Publishing, U.K, 2012.[4]
  • Founder and series editor, The Anthropology of Persianate Societies, Sean Kingston Publishing, U.K, 2011. [5]
  • Founder and moderator, the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China) Network, European Association of Social Anthropologists, 2010.[6]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Le Coran n'interdit pas la représentation du Prophète, Le Figaro, 21 Jan. 2015 [7]
  • Untold Stories: The socio-cultural life of images in Qajar Era Iran (In Memoriam: Farrokh Ghafari/1921-2006) Iranian Studies [8], Germany (editor, 2015)
  • Women's Rituals and Ceremonies in Shiite Iran and Muslim Communities: Methodological and theoretical challenges Iranian Studies [9], Germany (editor, 2014)
  • Les Lions en Pierre Sculptée chez les Bakhtiari: Description et significations de sculptures zoomorphes dans une société tribale du sud-ouest de l’Iran, The Anthropology of Persianate Societies, Volume 2, Sean Kingston Publishing, U.K. (Monograph, 2013)
  • Digital Art, Political Aesthetic and Social Media: Case Study of the Iranian Presidential Election of 2009, International Journal of Communication.'' (guest editor, 2013)
  • Iranian Sacred Defence Cinema: Religion, Martyrdom and National Identity, Sean Kingston Publishing, U.K. (Editor, 2012)
  • Unburied Memories: The Politics of Bodies, and the Material Culture of Sacred Defense Martyrs in Iran, Rutledge, U.K. (Editor, 2012)
  • Saints and their Pilgrims in Iran and Neighbouring Countries, The Anthropology of Persianate Societies Series, Sean Kingston Publishing, U.K (Editor, 2012)
  • The Art and Material Culture of Iranian Shi'ism: Iconography and Religious Devotion in Shi'i Islam, I.B. Tauris Publishers, U.K. (Editor, 2011)


Online multimedia research platforms[edit]

  • Bakhtiari Sacred Landscape
  • Bakhtiari Women's Lamentations
  • Sorudkhani and Shahnamehkhani among the Bakhtiari


  1. ^ The Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE) is a leading institution of higher education and research, which provides highly specialized practical training in basic and applied research within three core Sections: Earth and Life Sciences; Historical and Philological Sciences; Religious Sciences.
  2. ^ The EHESS is made up of over 47 research centres, 37 of which are shared with the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. It nevertheless does not constitute a research institute in the conventional sense of the word. Life at the school is centered on research training in which students work alongside experienced researchers, a perspective from which they gain privileged access to the mechanics of research in progress.
  3. ^ "Dr Pedram Khosronejad". University of St. Andrews, Department of Social Anthropology.
  4. ^ "Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists".

External links[edit]

  • Personal website [10]
  • Institute of Advanced Study, Nantes, France [11]
  • The Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network [12]
  • [13]