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Dr Oliver Bast - personal details

Contact details

Role: Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern History

Tel: 0161 275-3065

Location: Samuel Alexander Building-SG.20
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Oliver Bast, Maître-ès-Lettres, Dr. phil., is Senior Lecturer [Associate Professor] in Middle Eastern History and Persian.

He was the head of the department of Middle Eastern Studies between September 2008 and September 2011. Dr Bast spent the Academic Year 2011-2012 at Yale University as a  Visiting Fellow in Iranian Studies at Yale's Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He has spent nearly three years of his academic career living, studying and working in Iran.

Before joining the University of Manchester as a lecturer [Assistant Professor] in January 2000, he read History and Persian Studies in Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), in Tehran (University of Tehran),
in Paris (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) and in Bamberg (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg).
Bast holds a joint doctorate (thèse en co-tutelle) from the Sorbonne Nouvelle and Bamberg where he pursued his doctoral studies under the joint supervision of Professors Bert G. Fragner and Yann Richard.
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In October 2012 he set up (together with Dr Siavush Randjbar-Daemi) the Manchester Iranian History Academic Network (MIHAN). Since 2004, Bast has been serving on the Council of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and in July 2009 organised the 2009 Annual Conference of BRISMES at the University of Manchester. In 2014 he was elected Executive Director of BRISMES. In January 2009, he co-organised (with Dr Dominic Brookshaw) the 10th Workshop of the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS), a BA-based learned society on whose Governing Council he serves as Honorary Secretary. In June 2006, Bast was co-organiser together with Professor Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar, of the 6th Conference of the International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA) in Paris acting on behalf of the Unité mixte de recherché Mondes Iranien et Indien of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), to which Bast is attached as a chercheur associé. Between 1995 and 1997, Bast worked as an allocataire de recherche at the Institut Français de Recherche en Iran (IFRI) in Tehran, where in March 1997, he organised an international conference on Iran and World War I, which was held as a joint venture of IFRI and the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS).