The projects here are located within what is broadly known as the Iranian Plateau, which by definition include parts of West and Central Asia.
Specifically, so far these projects are in West Asia. The notion of West Asia is productive in the sense that it is less value laden than terms such as the MIddle East or Persianate, but allows for acknowledging the influence of historical and modern civilizations that have shaped the present cultural relations in that region, namely, Turkic, Persian, Arabic and Russian (European).
These projects examine the imaginations of the past in this region and the ways in which those imaginations are activated and used in re-conceiving regional and sub-regional identities at various scales; identities that frequently transcend the geographies of nation-states.
In this geographical context, a number of questions that are worth probing. They include:
Ali Mozaffari, expert in Iranian heritage studies, architecture and urbanism (Academia webpage, CV)
Other collaborators (and co-authors in alphabetical order):
Dr James Barry, Anthropologist, expert in Iranian and Armenian Studies (Academia profile)
Dr Jose Antonio Gonzalez-Zarandona, Art historian, expert in iconoclasm, heritage studies, and cinema (Academia profile)
A. Professor David C. Harvey, Historical geographer, expert in geography and heritage studies (Aarhus University profile)
A. Professor Tod Jones Geographer and Indonesianist with expertise in heritage studies and Indigenous Australian heritage studies (Curtin University profile)
Mr. Bakhtyar Lotfi, architect and social anthropologist, functioning as cultural analyst with extensive fieldwork training and experience.
Dr Mandana Tishehyar, Faculty at the Department of Regional Studies, Allameh Tabataba'i University Tehran (ATU).
A. Professor NIgel Westbrook, Architect and architectural historian, School of Design, University of Western Australia.
Professor Tim Winter, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Sociologist and expert in heritage studies and the Silk Roads, School of Anthropology and Sociology University of Western Australia (profile).
This website is made by Ali Mozaffari (M.Arch., Ph.D.) and contains various strands of research and collaboration in which he has been involved and are related to cultural heritage, history, and architecture in West Asia.