Oral History News of Mehr 1400 (September-October 2021)

Compiled by: Iranian Oral History Website
Translated by: Fazel Shirzad


Note: According to the Iranian Oral History website, "News of the Month" is the title of a series of reports on this website. These reports take a look at news related to the subject of the website in print and virtual media. In the following, you will read news about the month of Mehr (from 23 September to 22 October) in 2021.

►The head of the Culture and Islamic Guidance Office of Kordkoy city said: "it is decided to compile the oral history of Kordkoy with the cooperation of Mirdamad Institute."

►The director-general of the Preservation and Publication of Sacred Defense's Values in Fars, stating that recording oral history is one of the best methods that can help reveal the unspoken words of the sacred defense, said: "If we do not record the memories today, there will be distortions in the facts of the war."

►The briefing session of the Oral History Expert Training Workshop was held in cooperation with the University Jihad of Qom Province and the Hadith Fatah Propaganda Cultural Center with the presence of a group of commanders, veterans, warriors, professors and heroes of 8 years of sacred defense.

►On the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the start of the imposed war and the celebration of sacred defense week, the Sacred Defense Documentation and Research Center offered its documentary, research, and oral history books at a 50% discount.

►The book "Comprehensive Plan of Oral History of Seminaries" written by Ahmad Fallahzadeh and supervised by Mohsen Al-Weeri in 439 pages was published by Baqer al-Olum University Press.

►Following the publication of a series of oral history sessions on the occasion of Ferdows Kaviani's birthday, the Iranian Cinema Museum published excerpts from a conversation with this film, theater and television artist.

► Habib Ahmadzadeh, a writer and researcher in the field of sacred defense, suggested studying sacred defense memoirs in the "national reading" movement.

►The third and fourth volumes of the oral history of communication in Iran were published in the presence of eleven deputies and former managers in the field of communication.

► On the occasion of sacred defense week, Dr. Moin's literary circle held a pathology session on oral literature and oral history, focusing on the works of Gilan province.

►Simultaneously with the sacred defense week, 66 books in the field of sustainability literature and oral history of the sacred Defense's fighters were unveiled in Shiraz city.

►"Report of the incident" has been produced by the Cultural and Artistic Organization of Tehran Municipality to record the oral history of the sacred defense Theater and the efforts of artists in this field.

► Hazare Ghoghnoos Publications considered the arrival of oral history in the country related to 20 years ago and said: "Oral history in Iran is young and it still needs to be researched.

►The book "Like All cypress", an oral history of Seyed Esmail Siadat, was unveiled in Sorkheh at a ceremony of the book

►The director-general of Preservation and Publication of Sacred Defense's Value in Lorestan, emphasizing the need to record the oral history of the Sacred Defense, said: "Culture and art tools should be used to record the oral history and treasures of the Sacred Defense.

►The head of the Oral History Unit of the Institute "Ayeineh Media Creations" announced the Arabic translation of the book "The Earth That Raised Me" next year.

►The compilation and publication of the history of the Persian press have begun with the help of a few culturists. The publication of the book on the oral history of the Persian press, which is dedicated to an interview with Mohammad Asali, a journalist from this province, has contributed to the continuation of this cultural work.

►The meeting for unveiling and critique of the book "To the Love of Imam: Oral History of Azadeh and Veteran Seyed Mohammad Mobaraghi" was organized by the General Directorate of Public Libraries of South Khorasan Province and the director-general of Preservation and Publication of Sacred Defense Values, hosted by Sarayan Public Libraries.

►The head of the Contemporary History and Oral History Research Group of the National Archives and Library of Iran announced an oral history interview about the lived experience of 42 scientific, cultural and social figures of the country during the Corona epidemic.

►The Thanksgiving Ceremony for the lasting figures of the Iranian publication industry will be held soon with the aim of documenting the illustrated oral history and how the publication industry has evolved over the past hundred years.

► A review meeting of the book "We Will Come Back at Dawn", which was the oral history of Hooman Askari, was held in Yasuj.

►Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, director-general of Preservation of Sacred Defense Relics, announced the holding of a book reading competition on the subject of the book "Booty Boots" in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad and said: "This book narrates the oral history of Alimardan village commanders during the sacred defense."

►The process of making a documentary on recording oral history began in Firoozkooh to preserve the memories and lifestyle of the martyrs.

►The Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Third National Conference on "Oral History of Sacred Defense" announced the participation of 31 provinces in this national conference and said: "This conference is licensed by the Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC)."

►The unveiling ceremony of the book on the oral history of religious delegations in Isfahan's districts 1 and 3 was held.

►The Deputy Minister of Culture and Education of the Martyrs and Veterans Affairs Foundation, noting that the Supreme Leader emphasizes on recording the memories of the martyrs' parents, called the Martyrs' Congress a step towards realizing the ideals of the martyrs and said:" recording the memories and oral history of martyrs' families is considered as a strategic activity."

►A workshop on the oral history of the sacred defense was held to record the memories of the families of martyrs, warriors, veterans and freedmen of the eight years of the sacred defense.

►A workshop on the oral history of the sacred defense was held to record the memories of the families of martyrs, warriors, veterans, and freedmen of the eight years of the sacred defense.

►The book "Oral History of Iranian Pharmacy" was unveiled by Dr. Moayed Alaviyan at the Iran Pharma exhibition.

►Simultaneously with the week of the police force, the book of oral history memoirs of Hossein Ali Ramezani Givi entitled "Borders of Belief" was unveiled in the presence of the police commander of Qom, director-general of the Martyrs and Veterans Affairs Foundation, director-general of the Foundation for Sacred Defense's Values and chairman of the National Congress of Martyrs of Qom province.

►The director-general of Preservation and Publication of Sacred Defense's Values in North Khorasan said: "The purpose of compiling the oral history of the warriors of the sacred defense era is to promote the culture of self-sacrifice and martyrdom and transfer the experiences of the sacred defense to current and future generations."

► A special program on the history and tourism of the revolution was held in Tabriz on the subject of oral history of the University of Tabriz with the presence of Ali Haghbeigi and Ali Navid, student activists before and after the revolution, and a group of Tabriz University students.

►The book "Hearing the City" includes 5 articles on the value of oral history, indigenous stories and the past of cities published by the surrounding publications.

► The Spring Cell Book Reading Competition, the Oral History of Stem Cells, was held online by University Jihad for students across the country.

►The book "Lasting Plan" on the subject of oral history interview with Hossein Khatibi has been interviewed, compiled, and researched by Peymaneh Salehi and published by the National Archives and Library of Iran.


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