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Board 2019-2023

Board 2015-2019

  • Pierfrancesco Callieri - President

    Professor of Archaeology of Ancient Iran at the University of Bologna.

    Professor Callieri's main interests regard the archaeology of pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia, from the Achaemenian to the Sasanian period, with a special emphasis on the encounter between Hellenism and the cultures of the Iranian and Indian worlds. The geographical areas on which he has concentrated his researches are on one side the North-West of the Indian subcontinent, on the other Fars (Southern Iran). Since 2005 he is the Italian director of the Joint Irano-Italian Archaeological Mission working in Fars at the sites of Tang-e Bolaghi, Toll-e Takht of Pasargadae, Persepolis West and Tol-e Ajori.

    E-mail: pierfrancesco.callieri[at]

    Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
    Via degli Ariani, 1, 48121 Ravenna, Italy


  • Gabrielle van den Berg - Vice President

    Lecturer in Persian language and literature, Leiden University

    Dr Gabrielle van den Berg’s research focuses on the Persian epic tradition and the Shahnama of Ferdowsi.

    Email: g.r.van.den.berg[at]
    Phone: +31 (0)71 527 2023

    Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, http PUT Amaya

  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT
    Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
    Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
    2311 BZ Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Florian Schwarz - Secretary

    Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

    Dr. Schwarz studied Islamic and Iranian Studies at the University of Tübingen and took his PhD in 1998. He held teaching positions at Ruhr Universität Bochum and at the University of Washington at Seattle (USA). Since 2010 he is director of the Institut für Iranistik in Vienna. His research interests are the cultural history of the Iranian region, including Central Asia, from the early Islamic period to the present.

  • Webpage:
    Phone: +43 1 51581 6510 and 6520
    Fax: +43 1 51581 6520

    Institute of Iranian Studies
    Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Vienna, Austria


  • Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi

    Directeur d'études, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France

    Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi est professeur à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) où il occupe la chaire de la théologie islamique classique. Agrégé d’arabe, Docteur ès-Lettres, membres de plusieurs sociétés savantes et de comités scientifiques de revues islamologiques et iranologiques, il a publié près de 200 articles et une dizaine de livres surtout sur la pensée shi’ite classique et l’histoire du Coran.

    E-mail: Ali:Amir-Moezzi[at]


  • Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst
  • Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

    Professor Durkin-Meisterernst is Director of the Turfanforschung section in the Academy of Sciences at Berlin. His research focuses on the documents in various Iranian languages discovered along the Silk Road.

    Phone: +49 (0)30 20370 472
    E-mail: durkin-meisterernst[at]

    Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
    Jägerstraße 22/23, 10117 Berlin, Deutschland


  • Pavel Borisovich Lurje
  • Sector of Middle Asia, Caucasus and Crimea, Oriental Department, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

    Dr. Lurje focuses his research on several aspects of studies of Middle Asia in pre-Islamic and early Islamic time. His PhD (St-Petersburg 2004) was devoted to toponymy of Sogdiana, and 5 years post-doc fellowship in the Institute of Iranian Studies of Austrian Academy of Sciences was finalized with the publication of a monograph “Personal Names in Sogdian texts” (in the series Iranisches Personennamenbuch, Bd. II/Fz. 8, Wien 2010). Since 2009 he works in the Hermitage museum and since 2010 he is nominated chief of the Panjakent archaeological expedition and conducts excavations in Panjakent as well as in upper Zarafshan valley.

  • Email: pavlvslvria[at]
    Phone: +7-812-710-9896

    Dvortsovaja naberezhnaja 32,
    Gosudarstvennyj Ermitazh, Otdel Vostoka
    190000, St-Petersburg, Russia

  • Nicholas Sims-Williams

    Professor Emeritus of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, SOAS, University of London

    Nicholas Sims-Williams' research focuses on Bactrian, Sogdian and other Middle Iranian languages of Afghanistan and Central Asia, and on the documents and Manichaean and Christian literature written in those languages. His publications include The Christian Sogdian manuscript C2 (1985); Sogdian and other Iranian inscriptions of the Upper Indus, 2 vols. (1989-1992); Bactrian documents from Northern Afghanistan, 3 vols. (2001-2012); and Iranian manuscripts in Syriac script in the Berlin Turfan collection (2012). He is also Chair of the Ancient India and Iran Trust in Cambridge and of the Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum.
    Email: ns5[at]

    ℅ Ancient India and Iran Trust
    23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB5 8AL, United Kingdom

  • Christoph Werner

    Professor of Iranian Studies at the Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany)

    Professor Werner works primarily on the social and cultural history of the Iranian world, with a special focus on the Qajar period. Other interests include waqf, codicology and diplomatics as well as modern Persian literature. Major publications include An Iranian Town in Transition (2000), Die Kujuji-Stiftungen in Tabriz (2013, with H. Tillschneider and D. Zakrzewski), Culture and Cultural Politics under Reza Shah (2014, with B. Devos) and Vaqf en Iran (2015), he is also co-editor of Brill's Iran Studies.

  • Webpage:;
    E-mail: chwerner[at]
    Phone: +43 1 51581 6510 and 6520
    Fax: +43 1 51581 6520


  • Maria Carmela Benvenuto - Treasurer

    Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

    Dr. Maria Carmela Benvenuto received her doctoral degree in Historical Linguistics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2004, with a Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Etimologie mediopersiane. Orientamenti metodologici e prassi degli ultimi decenni”. From 2006 until 2008 she had a post-doc fellowship at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”and since 2008 she is Lecturer at the DOLIFIGE Department.

    Her research interests range from Iranian linguistics, in particular topics regarding problems of language change and linguistic reconstruction; through morphosyntax, in particular the issues of valency and transitivity, case system and grammatical relations, argument coding; to cognitive and functional linguistics, with special focus on the expression of possession.

    E-mail: mariacarmela.benvenuto[at]
    Phone:+39 3470927277, +39 06 49913798
    Fax: +39 06 49913499

  • Dipartimento delle Scienze documentarie, linguistico-filologiche e geografiche
    Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
    Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"
    Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
    00185 Roma, Italy



New Board 2019-2023

On 12th September 2019, the General Assembly elected a new Board of the S.I.E. for 2019-2023.



Ninth European Conference of Iranian Studies



  Berlin, 09-13 September 2019    
  Conference Website      


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