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CafeLitt 128: Vanishing Stones, Fleeting Shadows

Thu 9 Jul 2009, 20:00, by Ehsan Daneshyar, at Bistro Oxford :2170 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal (Map)

Lying in the Talesh Mountains, the historic community of Masouleh in the province of Gillan dates back a thousand years. This community is an excellent example of how vernacular architecture and local art can significantly contribute to the material culture of both the region and the country as a whole. For centuries, this community has seen merchants and travellers come and go seeking trade opportunities. But a new era is dawning for this community, as its inhabitants' social, economic, and cultural norms change. In this session, the following topics will be discussed:

The History of Masouleh
The Latest Archaeological Excavation in Old Masouleh
The Evolution of the Community
Difficulties Facing Masouleh
Masouleh's Urban Characteristics
The Heart of the Community: the Bazaar
The Hajji Ezzat Tea House
The Azargoshasb House (one example)

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
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