The Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Dr. Farhadi, and his deputy for Social and Cultural affairs, Dr. Sayed Zia' Hashemi expressed their sympathy for the loss of distinguished scholar, Prof. Dr. Victor Alkek.
Professor Alkek, Lebanese Iranologist and poet, was award-winner of the 8th Farabi International Award who could not attend at the ceremony because of illness. His prizes were awarded to Lebanon ambassador in Iran at the event on February 12, 2017.
They also offered Condolences to the prof. Alkek family and all the scholars and researchers on Iran and Islamic studies.
At a press conference held on March 13, 2017, the Secretary of Farabi International Award, Dr. Sayed Zia' Hashemi officially announced the launch of 9th annual FIA.
Referring to the presence of the president Rouhani in Award giving ceremony of the 8th FIA, as well as announcing the mission of Islamic and Humanities sciences, he assessed positive the achievements of the 8th FIA that creating the link between scholars of the humanities era and the award-winners under the title of "elite's network" can be mentioned.
Deputy Minister for social and culture recalls the maturity of FIA among the scholars of Islamic and humanities sciences, managers and policy-makers in the science domain and says this gained trust is Indebted to the scientific accuracy and consensus in selecting the tops scholars, sympathy among the knowledge companions in order to develope Islamic and Humanities sciences and efforts to its promotion by the main owners of the FIA, that is all scholars and selected researchers.
"regardless of non-diplomatic climate against Iran during the recent months, all the non-Iranian selected researchers presented at the ceremony and received their awards from the president" Hashemi said. He stated that the with the link between Iranian and foreign selected researchers in every edition, FIA has the ability to develop the scientific diplomacy.
The secretary of FIA, announced the Strengths of the 8th FIA comparing to the previous years, such as the presence of university professors in scientific committees and digitalization of the research works submission. He also refers to some of the goals of 9th FIA that is promoting the cooperation with some common scientific and mutual areas with seminary, organized cooperation with scientific departments of top universities, associations and other scientific institution such as research centers, seminaries and international centers, criticism of selected research works and those had been reached to the semi-final phase.
"All this measures will be done with the purpose of using the FIA secretariat capabilities as a base of humanities and Islamic elites in order to solve the community problems and reinforcement of the culture of research, discourse and mobility of research" Hashemi said.
The secretary of FIA invited all the scholars to submit their research works (such as completed research proposals, books, doctoral dissertations and M.A. thesis) through the following web page:
The deadline will be May 21, 2017
The Award-giving ceremony of the 8th Farabi International Award took place on Februry 12, 2016, in Summit Meeting Conference Hall with the presence of Dr. Hasan Rouhani, president of Islamic Republic of Iran. In this event experts and scholars on the humanities and Islamic studies as well as authorities and policy makers in this era was participated.
In the ceremony the President, Hasan Rouhani, Minister of science, Research and Technology, Mohammad Farhadi, Deputy Minister for Social and Culture, Sayed Zia’ Hashemi addressed speech.
In the international section of 8th FIA, Ulrich Marzolph from Germany, Vlaadimir Ivanov from Russia, Willem Floor from Netherlands, Francis Richard from France, Pierfrancesco Callieri from Italy, Victor Alkek from Lebanon and Bruno Overlaet from Bulgim introduced as selected scholars and received their prizes from the president.
Deadline for Foreign Works Submission Is Extended to Sep. 21, Head of the Secretariat of the Farabi International Award Says
“The deadline for work submission in the foreign sector of the Award was extended till September 21,” Head of the Secretariat of the Farabi International Award said.
“We extended the deadline for domestic works one week because of the increasing number of requests; but where the foreign section is concerned, we extended it another 20 days to facilitate the process of work submission,” the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award quoted Dr. Hosein Mirzaei as saying.
“This way, the applicants will have 20 days to register their works on Iranology and Islamic Studies on the electronic system of this year’s Award,” he added.
All the foreign researchers in the field of Islamic Studies and Iranology have until September 21 (Wednesday) to register their works, including the final research report, theses, and books written in the past four years (from the beginning of the Iranian New Year in 2012 to the End of the Iranian calendar year in 2016), on the site of the Award.
Where the domestic sector of the Award is concerned, the Secretary has received more than 3700 works from writers, authors, translators and researchers, as well as universities, institutes, and scientific communities.
Two Weeks Left till Submission Deadline, Secretary of the Eighth Farabi International Award Announces
Only two weeks are left until the deadline to register foreign works at the electronic system of the Award, Secretary of the Eighth Farabi International Award announced, adding that those who are interested in submitting their works on Iranology and Islamic Studies should make sure to do so before the deadline.
All the foreign researchers in the field of Islamic Studies and Iranology have until the end of August 31 (Wednesday)to register their works, including the final research report, theses, and books written in the past four years (from the beginning of the Iranian New Year in2012 to the End of the Iranian calendar year in 2016), on the site of the Award,the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported.
Where the domestic sector of the Award is concerned, the Secretary has received 3,760 works from writers, authors, translators and researchers, as well as universities, institutes, and scientific communities.
“The Secretariat of Farabi Award plans to launch a Network of Humanities Elites, in which the winners of the previous Awards will be present,”Deputy Minister of Science, research and Technology for Cultural Affairs said.
“Farabi Award is a good platform for Humanities to finds its place in the country,” the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award quoted Seyed Zia Hashemi as saying at the Iftar ceremony of the Policymaking Council of Farabi Award, held in the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies.
“The Network of Humanities Elites, which is going to be established with the help of the Secretariat of Farabi Award, will connect the winners of the previous Awards with the prominent experts of the field of Humanities,” he added.
“Since the conclusion of the Seventh Farabi Award, holding the Eighth Farabi International Award was postponed due to some complications. But once the government approved the Award in March, enforcement activities started,” Deputy Minister of Science, research and Technology for Cultural Affairs emphasized.
Saying that the Eighth Farabi International Award will be held during the Research Week, Hashemi added, “With the approval of the Policymaking Council, the Award has held regular meetings on the process of holding the event.”
Stating that social problems are currently a major issue in the country, he said, “During the variousmeetings government managers and officials had with the Supreme Leader, discussions were made about social problems. With the help of professors ofHumanities, these pathologies should be studied and prevention processed need to be developed.”
Pointing to the recent meeting between academic figures and the Supreme Leader, Deputy Minister of Science, research and Technology for Cultural Affairs said, “If government officials are supposed to receive strategies about the development of our countryfrom academics, these issues should be brought up by professors of Humanities in Iran.”
“The field of culture and knowledge management is somehow the logic behind the field of Humanities,” Hashemi said. “Unfortunately, we are at a very low level in many aspects of Humanities,and our science deserves more than that.”
Referring to the development and facilitation of international interactions inside the country, Deputy Minister of Science, research and Technology for Cultural Affairs said, “In recent months, interactions with foreign universities have increased10 times,and Humanities should also benefit from this potential.”
At another part of the meeting, Hossein Mirzaei, Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, talked about the small share of Humanities in the creation of knowledge-based companies, adding, “We have had discussions with the Scientific Department to solve this problem.”
“Through the Innovation and Development Fund, the government has shown a lot of support for knowledge-based companies,but most of the established companies in this area are in the field of technical engineering, and the field of Humanities has no place in this area,” Mirzaei said.
“We need to set the right culture in our society, so that knowledge-based companies in the field of Humanities can also be established in the country,” he added.
“Part of the activities aimed at creating knowledge-based companies should be directed at the promotion ofHumanities dialogue in the country, which requires the effort of the pioneers of this field,” Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies said.
Talking about holding the Eighth Farabi International Award, Mirzaei said, “Professors of Humanities should help to send various works to the Award, so that the best ones can be chosen from among them.”
“We are planning to judge the works sent to this Award through electronic means, so that the review process can be done in a quicker fashion,” he added.
“This year, the Eighth Farabi International Award will be held during the Research Week,”Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies emphasized.
Saying that the call for participation at the Eighth Farabi International Award has started, the Head of the Award Secretariat added, “A maximum of 35 winners are predicted to receive awards at this festival,” the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported
Referring to the seven Farabi International Awards held before, Dr. Hosein Mirzaei said, “We are on the eve of the eighth Award and the measurements necessary for holding this award, which were approved by the Board of Ministers and the Award’s Policymaking Council, started last winter.”
Saying that the call for sending works in the field of Humanities for participation at the Award started on May 21, he added, “The deadline for professors, researchers, and students of Humanities to send their works is July 21.”
Pointing out the features of the Eighth Farabi International Award, Mirzaei said, “All the works that will take part in the Award, including research projects, doctoral dissertations, and master's theses, will be received in digital form and through the Award’s electronic system.”
Regarding works that are books, he said, “Since authors do not have the book files, they are asked to send the original books to the Award Secretariat after registering their names and loading the table of contents and book covers on the Award’s website.”
Saying that the Award would be held by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology and in collaboration with UNESCO, ISESCO, and Iran’s National Elites Foundation, Head of the Award Secretariat added, “The Minister of Science is the Head of the Award and the Deputy Minister of Science for Cultural Affairs is its Secretary, and its permanent Secretariat is located at the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies.”
He went on to say that the Award consisted of the two Adult (professors) and Young (researchers under the age of 35) sections, adding, “In this Award, winners in the categories of the Superior Translator, Veteran Researcher in Humanities, Leading Figures in the Field of Humanities who have passed away, but their works are still relevant, Superior Research-Scientific Journal, and Superior Scientific Forum will be introduced.”
Stressing that more attention is paid to the international section in this award, Mirzaei said, “Therefore, international researchers’ works, especially those about Iranology and Islamic Studies, will be received. Furthermore, with the consultations done with international research centers and the International Department of the Islamic Relations Organization, we are trying to receive and consider more international works.”
Talking about how the works submitted to the Secretariat of the Farabi Award are judged, the Head of the Secretariat said, “In this Award, works in the fields of Language and Literature, History, Geography and Archeology, Social Sciences and Communications, Political Science, International Relations and RegionalStudies, Economics, Management and Accounting, Law, Education, Psychology, Behavioral Science and Physical Education, Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, Religions and Mysticism, Jurisprudence, Principles of the Qur'an and Hadith, Art and Aesthetics, Information Technology, Library Science, Study of the Islamic Revolution and Imam Khomeini, will be evaluated.”
He went on to say that all the works submitted to the Eighth Farabi International Award should belong to the period of March 2012 till the end of February 2015.
“We will still try to launch the country's Network of Humanities Elites in this festival,” Mirzaei highlighted.
Saying that excellent researches on Humanities and Islamic Studies are the main focus of the Farabi Award, Mirzaei added, “The Award will be held with the aim of identifying and introducing top talents in the field of Humanities and Islamic sciences, introducing top works and superior ideas, and promoting the production, enhancement, and localization of Humanities in Iran and the world.”
With reference to the number of Award winners, the Head of the Secretariat said, “Based on the basic policies of the Award, 35 selected works in various sectors will be praised at end of it which will be during the Research Week in December.”
The second session of the Eighth Farabi International Award was attended by Dr. Patrick Ringgenberg, researcher of the Institute of ‘Culture, Religion, and Modernity’ at the University of Lausanne and winner of the sixth Award, and Dr. Ahmad Shakeri, researcher of the Faculty of Cultures and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported.
In this meeting, which was held on Saturday, May 14, Ringgenberg gave a speech on the subject of “Interdisciplinary Studies in Art” and Shakeri talked about Islamic art and its relationship with different Iranian, Turkish, and Arabic cultures.
Ringgenberg graduated from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 2010 with a doctorate degree in Art History, and is working as a researcher at the Institute of ‘Culture, Religion, and Modernity’ at the University of Lausanne. He was elected a winner at the international part of the Sixth Farabi Award. He has published several books, including “A Guide to Iran’s Culture” and “Ornaments in Islamic Arts”.
The meeting was held from 11 to 12 and attended by the members of the Institute. The meeting minutes will be made available on this website later on.
Head of the Permanent Secretariat of Farabi International Award signed a memorandum of understanding for joint scientific activities, especially with regards to the exchange of professors and students and supporting the establishment of Farabi Studies at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.
Dr. Hosein Mirzaei travelled to Almaty, Kazakhstan, to attend the third conference on commemoration of Hakim Abu Nasr Farabi and visit Kazakhstan’s universities, the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported.
During the three-day trip, he visited Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty and signed the MoU with this science center on the sideline of the third conference on commemoration of Hakim Abu Nasr Farabi and the second joint conference of Shahid Beheshti University and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.
At the conference, Mirzaei gave a speech on the “Farabi Utopia and Its Social Contexts” and introduced the Eighth Farabi International Award to researchers who may want to send their works.
On this trip, Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies visited Kazakhstan’s Institute of Oriental Studies and met and talked with Professor Abdul Sattar, the director of the Institute.
You can watch the report of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and its interview with Dr. Hossein Mirzaei here.
Registration of works in the field of Humanities and Islamic Research on the Website of the Eighth Farabi International Award began on May 21.
The measures carried out to hold the Award ceremony were approved by the Committee of Ministers and the Policymaking Council in March, and receiving the works started on Saturday, May 21, the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported.
The deadline for professors, researchers, and students of Humanities who want to send their work is July 21, and those who are interested can visit the following link for more information on how to participate and register their name and work.
All the works that will take part in the Award, including research projects, doctoral dissertations, and master's theses will be received only through the Award’s electronic system. Since authors do not have the book files, they are asked to send the books to the Secretariat after registering their names and loading the table of contents and book covers on the Award’s website.
The Award is held by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology and in collaboration with UNESCO, ISESCO, and Iran’s National Elites Foundation, and its permanent Secretariat is located at the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies.