Anna Krasnowolska

Anna Krasnowolska

Born in 1949 in Krakow, Iranian studies – Jagiellonian University in the years 1967-1972, she has worked at the Department of Iranian Studies of the Institute of Oriental Philology since 1972, (presently: the Institute of Oriental Studies) at Jagiellonian University, holding successive positions; director of the Institute in the years 1999-2002, head of the Department of Iranian Studies since 2000. Member of Societas Iranologica Europaea (in the executive committee in the years 2003-2011, vice-president in the years 2007-2011); the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies, the Commission on Oriental Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Krakow division, the Committee on Oriental Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (in the executive committee in the years 2003-2007). Academic interests: Persian literature – classical (heroic epic in particular) and contemporary, the culture of the Iranian world; including epic mythology, cultural continuity and change across the centuries and the reflection of these processes in literature; folk culture, rites and calendar beliefs; oral sources of written literature; authorship, individualism, and tradition in classical poetry; epic-mythic motifs in contemporary Persian literature; image of a stranger in contemporary literature (here also: Poles in Iran during World War II – a clash of cultures); contemporary Iran – continuity and transformations, ideologies, visions of the world. On 22nd October she will lead the meeting with the writer Mostafa Zamaninija Contemporary Iranian literature - authors, publishers, censorship.