Chairman since 2017.
Frantz Grenet (born November 6, 1952) studied at the École Normale Supérieure (1972-1977) and was agrégé in history in 1975. In 1977-1981, he was co-director at the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan, then researcher at the CNRS (1981-2013; Director of Research since 1990) and Director of Studies in the Faculty of Religious Studies of the EPHE (1999-2014) on the chair « Religions du monde iranien ancien ». He also headed the French-Uzbek Archeological Delegation in Sogdiana (1989-2014). In 2013, he was elected as Professor at the Collège de France on the chair “History and cultures of pre-Islamic Central Asia”.
President 1999-2017 / Honorary President since 2017.
Né à Solaize (Isère), le 1er mars 1931, Philippe Gignoux a été attaché puis chargé de recherche au CNRS de 1964 à 1955. Chargé de conférences et ensuite, directeur d’études à l’EPHE, Sections Sciences religieuses, il succède à Jean De Menasce dans la chaire des “Religions de l’Iran ancien” de 1970 à 2000.
Il fut membre correspondant de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres et a reçu le Prix Roman et Tania Ghirshman de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres et le Prix du Livre de l’année de la République Islamique d’Iran.
Philippe Gignoux a été trésorier de l’Association pour l’avancement des études iraniennes de 1972 à 2000, puis président de cette Association. Il a co-fondé et dirigé la revue Studia Iranica jusqu’en 2000, et les Cahiers de Studia Iranica jusqu’en 2017.
President 1979-1999 / Honorary President since 1999.
Gilbert Lazard is a linguist and Iranologist whose work focusses on various Iranian languages and general linguistic. He held the position of professor of Iranian language and civilization at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 (1969-1981), and of Director of Studies for linguistics and Iranian philology at the EPHE (1972-1990). From 1972 to 1983, he directed the research team on Iranian language, literature and culture affiliated with the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS). His publications include Grammar of contemporary Persian, French-Persian Dictionary, and translations of classical Persian poetry. He is a member of the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres.
Roman Ghirshman (October 3, 1895, Cracow – September 5, 1979) was an archeologist specializing in ancient Persia. He was mainly interested in the archeological remains of Bishapur in Fars, Susa and Tchogha Zanbil, published the findings of the archaeological excavations of its ziggurat (4 vol.) and also directed excavations in Bagram (Afghanistan), Iwan-i Karkheh and Masjed Soleiman (Khuzestan). He was director of the delegation of the Louvre in Iran (1931-1941), of the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (1941-1944) and of the French Archaeological Delegation in Iran (1945-1973). He was a member of the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres and published approximately 300 scientific articles and 20 books.