Summer Programme 2017

Wed 19th April 2017 at 7pm - St. James Piccadilly

“Living with the Shahsevan: Before they became famous for their textiles.”

A talk by Richard Tapper

Richard says “I lived among Shahsevan nomads in the 1960s, when their weavings were almost unknown, or commonly labelled 'Kurdish' or 'Qarabagh'. I visited them again briefly in 1968, 1973, and then in 1993 and 1995 - by which time of course their weavings were very well-known, and production had been widely commercialized. I shall describe life among the nomads, give some background to their history, and some details on the weaving that I observed, all illustrated with slides from the field.”

R. L. Tapper, MA PhD is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology with reference to the Middle East.

Main research interests: Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey, pastoral nomadism, ethnicity, tribe/state relations, anthropology of Islam, documentary film, Iranian cinema.

Books include: Pasture and Politics (Academic Press 1979); Frontier Nomads of Iran (CUP 1997); with Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Islam and Democracy in Iran (IB Tauris 2006); ed. Tribe and State in Iran and Afghanistan (Routledge 2011/1983); ed. Islam in Modern Turkey (IB Tauris 1991); ed. with Sami Zubaida, A Taste of Thyme (IB Tauris 2000/1994); ed. The New Iranian Cinema (IB Tauris, 2002); ed. with Jon Thompson, The Nomadic Peoples of Iran (Azimuth, 2002); ed. with Keith McLachlan, Technology, Tradition and Survival (Frank Cass, 2003). A Golden Tent-Peg: Stories from an Afghan Tribal Community is forthcoming.

30th April to 12th May 2017

“Off the Beaten Track in Northern Iran”

ORTS second Trip to Iran is now full.

***Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 6.30 pm St. James Piccadilly*** See earlier time of 6.30pm

Annual General Meeting AGM and Committee elections

Show and Tell. Members are invited to bring rugs and textiles for discussion.

Sunday 2nd July 2017 from 12 mid day

ORTS Summer Lunch Party

Tim and Susan Chapman have kindly offered to host our annual Summer Lunch Party. They have a lovely garden in West Sussex.

Gorgeous Lunch at 1pm followed by the Sale /Auction at 3pm of various items generously donated or brought by Members.

See separate invitation.


Talks are held at the St. James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly W1J 9LL London.

The Conference Room entrance is within the corner of Church Place and Piccadilly at a wrought iron gate signed “Church Hall Conference Room” leading down iron stairs below street level.

Doors open from 6pm. Drinks and snacks are served.

Both Green Park and Piccadilly tube stations are a short walk away. Free parking in St James Square and Jermyn Street after 6.30pm.

Non-members welcome to attend for £7 a single lecture. Students £5. Membership of one year for 11 events at £20.