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Conference Announcements


Date and Venue of the ASPS 2015 Updated

Dear Colleagues, please note that a number of logistic challenges have led us to change the venue of the forthcoming ASPS 2015 Convention. ASPS is one of the only organizations of its kind that partners with local hosts in the Persianate cultural world for its biennial conventions, and we are proud to have established a distinguished history of collaboration with colleagues and hosts in the Persianate realm. We appreciate your patience as we have made the final arrangements for 2015.

We are delighted to inform you that with the generous sponsorship and collaboration of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi) (MSGSÜ), the date and venue of ASPS 2015 are now confirmed: The Seventh Biennial Convention of the ASPS will be held September 8-11, 2015 at the Fındıklı campus of the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is housed in a former Ottoman palace located on the banks of the Bosporus.

Given our unique set of circumstances this year, we have extended the deadline for the submission of abstracts to November 15th, 2014. Please check out the preliminary web-page of the Seventh ASPS Biennial Convention (Istanbul 2015), through which you can continue to access our online abstract submission form:

The ASPS Board of Directors and its Organizing Committees look forward to seeing you at the MSGSÜ in Istanbul in September 2015!


IMPAcT Final Year Dissertation Write-up Fellowships in 13th to 16th century Islamicate Intellectual History

IMPAcT Final Year Dissertation Write-up Fellowships in 13th to 16th century Islamicate Intellectual History

Applications are invited for Final Year Dissertation Write-up Fellowships in 13th to 16th century Islamicate Intellectual History as part of the ERC Project IMPAcT, to commence on 1 October 2014 for one year. Three grants are available for scholars who are in the process of completing a dissertation on a topic relevant for 13th to 16th century Islamicate intellectual history (Philosophy, Theology, Sufism, the whole range of the so-called occult sciences, political thought, legal theory, and adjacent areas). The Fellowship provides a stipend that is intended to permit full-time work on the dissertation, without reliance on part-time employment. Fellows will be expected to give a termly presentation on their research in progress at the IMPAcT workshops as part of a research team comprising Professor Judith Pfeiffer, three post-doctoral researchers, and three doctoral students (

Candidates must have, by the time of the appointment, completed all course work (ABD) and must have sufficiently advanced in researching their thesis in a relevant field of study to be able to complete the dissertation during the year of their fellowship. If the thesis is written in a language other than English, the Fellow shall commit to publishing one article in English that is related to his or her dissertation subject.

The Fellow will have a strong command of at least one of the languages Arabic, Persian, or Turkish, and reading knowledge of a second, and should have a reading knowledge of at least one European language other than English; a thorough understanding of Islamic social and political history of the period; sufficient palaeographical skills to work with Islamic manuscripts; good written and oral communication skills; good skills and experience in teamwork; and good planning and time management skills. The criteria for selection are outstanding performance and scholarly promise, and the likelihood that the student will complete his/her dissertation within 12 months of the start date of the fellowship.

Applications are welcome from students both at Oxford University and at any other accredited international institution of higher education. Applicants from other institutions will have recognised student status at Oxford University (, but will continue to work with their main supervisor and dissertation committee throughout the fellowship, and will submit their thesis to their home university. As per ERC stipulations, Fellowship holders are required to acknowledge the support of this grant appropriately in their dissertation and ensuing publications.

All candidates are expected to pay student fees at the regular rates. Successful non-Oxford candidates will be required to pay the relevant fees (, and international students must be able to obtain a student visa, for which they will receive support from Graduate Admissions. These grants cannot be held in conjunction with AHRC or equivalent grants.

Grant value: £23,997 pa.

Start date: 1 October 2014.

Fellows are expected to reside for the most part in Oxford for the duration of the fellowship.

To apply for this Fellowship, please submit the application material listed below to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Curriculum vitae;

- Cover letter with a research outline;

- Title and Table of contents of the thesis;

- 2 letters of reference, one of which must be by the main thesis supervisor. The letter of the main supervisor ought to comment on the current state of the thesis, and the dates by when it is expected to be completed, as well as the date when it is expected to be de­fended.

Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit a piece of sample writing, which can be a published article, a chapter of the thesis, or another relevant writing sample.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 20 August 2014.


Pars Inaugural Art and Lecture Series
Piano Concert: Ariana Barkeshli
Lecture: Parvaneh Pourshariati


Converging on the Object: The Courtauld Metal Bag

09.30 – 17.45, Saturday 10 May 2014

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Converging on the Object: The Courtauld Metal Bag symposium is part of the Research Forum programming at The Courtauld Institute of Art and takes place towards the closing of The Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq, 20 February - 18 May 2014.

The Courtauld metal bag directs our attention to its materiality, the way it was made and the manner in which it connects a historical past to a vibrant visual present. It directs our attention to broad cultural geographies asking us to consider it through diverse scholarly and artistic disciplinary fields. The symposium Converging on the Object: The Courtauld Metal Bag brings together speakers who will reflect on their close study of the object itself and who will consider the evidence of transcultural thinking in the time and place of the bag’s making: the post-Mongol period of the Il- Khanid court culture in the early 14th-century Iran and Iraq. Papers on trade, material culture, food, fashions, art and social habits, belief systems, cultural and political circumstances of patronage are lenses through which we come to reflect on aspects of the cultural lives of the people of Damascus, Mosul, Baghdad and Tabriz — major urban centres during the reign of the Il-khanids and their neighbours in the Eastern Mediterranean — as well as on the links with their Yuan-Mongol contemporaries in China.

Ticket/Entry Details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students, concessions). BOOK ONLINE: or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating your full name and ‘Converging on the Object’.

Organised by Dr Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld Institute of Art).

For more info, please click here.


International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA): 14th Annual Conference

May 30th-31st, 2014

Bamberg, Germany

Call for Papers:

Hosted by Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, the International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA) will hold its 14th annual conference on Friday May 30th and Saturday May 31st 2014 in Bamberg, Germany. The theme of the conference is “Literature and Writing in Qajar Iran.” Proposals for academic papers on Persian literature (including the Persian press) and non-Iranian writing on Iran in the period from the 1790s to 1925 are welcome by all scholars of literature in Qajar Iran. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send an abstract (500 words) along with your academic affiliation, a brief academic resumé, inclusive of relevant publications, by January 8th to Dr. Nahid Mozaffari at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Festival Cinema Invisible

Roshan Institute for Persian Studies Presents…

For more information on tickets and the list of films, please visit the following websites:

Main website:

Roshan Institute Website:


Eastern Iran and Transoxiana 750 - 1150 Conference

Persianate culture and Islamic civilisation

8th & 9th March 2013 @ University of St Andrews

A conference hosted by Institute for Iranian Studies/University of St Andrews in association with Medieval Institute/University of Notre Dame

For more information and the conference program please click here.


ASMEA Travel Grants for Persianate Society Studies

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is pleased to introduce the ASMEA Travel Grant Program for interested Ph.D. students, post-Docs, and junior faculty engaged in the study of Persianate societies or any facet of these regions. Funds provided through this program may be used to cover expenses associated with attending the ASMEA Sixth Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on November 21 – 23, 2013.

As in years past, our conference will be an excellent opportunity for professors and students to present their research, hear from leading thinkers, and network in our nation’s capital. Applications and proposals to present new, unpublished research are being accepted now. The deadline for applications is April 30th.

Please find here a flyer with information about the program. For any questions about this program, ASMEA, or the annual conference, please contact 202.429.8860 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ASPS Board and Business Meetings and the Reception

Board of Director’s Meeting (open only to the Board Members):
Time: Saturday Nov. 17th 2:00-3:00 pm
Venue: Director’s Row G, Plaza 1

Business Meeting (open to all-Members)
Time: Saturday Nov. 17th 3:00-4:00 pm
Venue: Sheraton Denver, Governor’s Square 9, Plaza-C

Please make a point of coming to the Business Meeting of your Association with queries and suggestions, and to be further informed of the activities of ASPS, or simply to say hello!

Reception: Come celebrate with us!
Time: Sunday Nov. 18th 8:30-10:30
Venue: Sheraton Denver, Governors Square 11


The Sixth Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS)

September 2-6, 2013

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Call for Papers:

The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) calls for the participation of its members in its Sixth Biennial Convention, to take place in place in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, September 2-6, 2013. The Oriental Institute of Sarajevo ( and the Bosniac Institute (, located a short distance from the old town, will host and help organize our meeting. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February15, 2013. Following tradition, the ASPS will cover accommodation, food and events during the meeting. We will likely have a limited number of fellowships available for participants from Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia and Georgia.

All humanities and social science disciplines related to Persianate Societies are welcome. We encourage pre-organized panels, but individual papers are also welcome. Submissions for pre-organized panels must include a panel abstract of no more than 300 words plus individual abstracts of no more than 300 words for each panelist. Panels must be limited to a minimum of three panelists and a maximum of four. Panels and individual abstracts must contain:




Address E-mail address/fax no./phone no.

Title of paper and abstract with clearly stated thesis

For pre-organized panels, panel abstract with a clearly stated thesis plus individual abstracts

Please send abstracts in Word document format through electronic mail to:

Prof. Rudi Matthee,

History Department, University of Delaware

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; fax: (302) 831-1535

We are very enthusiastic about holding the Sixth Biennial Congress of the Association in Sarajevo. For more than six centuries, Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as the larger region of the Balkans, have boasted strong currents of Persianate culture that have remained unknown to most us. As a part of the ancient Mediterranean, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Balkans are also rich in monuments related to Mithraic cults that bear testimony to the region’s much older ties with the larger Iranian ecumene.

We look forward to an exciting sixth convention in Sarajevo. Past conventions of the ASPS have been held in Dushanbe/Tajikistan (2002); Yerevan/Armenia (2004); Tbilisi/Georgia (2007); Lahore/ Pakistan (2009), and finally, Hyderabad/India (2012). We invite you to peruse through notices of these, as well as their programs, through our web page at

The ASPS Congresses have provided a rare and valued opportunity for scholars from West, Central and South Asia, Europe and North America to participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue. The interchange of ideas has also found its place in our publication, Journal of Persianate Societies, published by Brill Academic Publishers. We encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in this unique gathering.


Persianate Societies: Invitation to Middle East Dialogue 2013

The Policy Studies Organization invites your organization to participate in its annual Middle East Dialogue 2013, focused on "New Directions in the Middle East", to be held at the historic Whittmore House in Washington DC on Thursday, February 21, 2013. We hope you and your colleagues will be able to join and contribute to the discussions. The meeting aims to ignite a multi-disciplinary dialogue, and we are very interested in having the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies become a part of it. Your organization's work towards advancing knowledge of Persian societies, would be a valuable contribution to what we see as a necessary dialogue concerning international affairs in that part of the world. Please pass along the invitation to anyone within or affiliated to your organization, who may be interested.

The Middle East Dialogue is a gathering of scholars, civic, and business leaders, with a common interest on policy issues in the Middle East. The event focuses on issues such as education initiatives, social, economic, and political reforms, nuclear proliferation, interfaith dialogue, women's gains and challenges, peace initiatives, civil society and NGOs, and potential areas of conflict. Others will be welcome. The purpose of the conference is to promote a productive and continuous dialogue surrounding current policy concerns, while providing a civil space for discussion across the political and religious spectrum.  We encourage you to visit the conference website for information regarding proposal submission, registration, and further details about the Middle East Dialogue 2013. (

The Policy Studies Organization publishes 11 journals, which includes the Digest of the Middle East Studies (DOMES), and 3 book series. Our mission is to encourage discussion surrounding policy issues, and promote further research and dissemination of policy scholarship. 


The International Conference of Iranian Studies

“Power of Identity. The Persian World in Research”

15-16 April 2013

Warsaw, Poland

Faculty of Oriental Studies

University of Warsaw

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: November 15, 2012.

For further information please follow the link:



1st Biennial Graduate Conference on Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews, 13-14 April 2013

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2012

Call for Papers

Symposia Iranica invites proposals for individual papers, pre-arranged panels, and poster presentations that relate to any aspect of Iranian studies.

These include (but are by no means limited to): literature, political science, philosophy, anthropology, religions and theology, geography, sociology, archaeology, music, history of art, architecture, international relations, education, history, linguistics, Diaspora studies, new media and communication studies, film, and the performing arts. Interdisciplinary papers are also very welcome.

Submissions are welcomed from the following:

  1. final year undergraduates;
  2. postgraduates;
  3. doctoral candidates; and
  4. post-docs who graduated within three calendar years of the submission deadline.

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and successful applicants will be notified about acceptance of their proposals by 1st December 2012. We also hope to publish selected conference papers.

Applicants for papers and panels are warmly encouraged to compliment their proposals with a poster presentation.

More Information

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Symposia Iranica is a large, unthemed international graduate conference. It seeks to challenge, nourish, and encourage current and future generations of scholars in Iranian studies by showcasing the best and latest research undertaken by students across the field.


Seminario de Iranología" of the University of Alicante (Spain)

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Russian Orientalism to Soviet Iranology: The Persian-speaking world and its history through Russian eyes Call For Papers

St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Convened by Professor Edmund Herzig and Dr Stephanie Cronin Supported by the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute

Conference Dates:

November, 30 2012

The Soviet Union possessed a long tradition of Iranian Studies, a tradition which it inherited from imperial Russia but transformed to suit its sense of its own historical mission. This tradition had its origins within the framework of Russian Orientalism as this developed during the nineteenth century age of imperial expansion. After 1921, under the auspices of the new Soviet regime, Iranology grew into an extensive and well-organized field, producing large quantities of books and articles every year. Despite the reputation acquired by individual Russian scholars of Iran such as Vladimir Minorsky, this tradition of scholarship remains largely unknown in the West. Little has been translated and Russian is not conventionally seen as a language necessary for scholars of Iran. This workshop proposes a re-examination of this tradition, taking, as its disciplinary focus, Russian/Soviet historical research on Iran and the Persian-speaking world. It has three objectives. It seeks to acquaint a wider audience in western Europe and the US with the work of Russian/Soviet scholars of the history of Iran and the Persian-speaking world; to initiate a discussion of possible new directions in historical research on this region opened up by the wider availability of Russian source materials, and to begin to integrate an analysis of Russian/Soviet Iranian Studies into the critique of Russian Orientalism, derived from Edward Said, which has emerged since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Deadline for submissions: March 30, 2012

Please submit title and abstracts of not more than 250 words of proposed papers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Stephanie Cronin


Twelfth International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA) Conference Boston, May 24-25, 2012

St Women in the Qajar Era: A Conference Organized Jointly by IQSA and Boston University, Boston, Mass.

Conference Dates:

May 24-25, 2012

Begin Times:  Both days 9:30 am

For further questions regarding the Conference and Call for Papers, please contact directly Conference Chair:

Prof. Houchang Chehabi , Professor of International Relations and History, Dept. of International Relations, Boston University at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Board and Business Meeting at MESA 2012



Employment Opportunities

Associate/Full Professor – Chair

The Ohio State University

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)

Associate/Full Professor – Chair

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University invites applications and nominations for the position of tenured Full or Associate Professor and Department Chair, to begin August 2013.  The field of specialization is open.  Candidates should demonstrate a distinguished record of scholarship and an international reputation, excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity.  Successful candidates should have considerable administrative experience, the ability to work across disciplines, and the vision to lead a thriving multidisciplinary department at a Research I university.  With a faculty of fifteen and over thirty graduate students and lecturers, the department is one of the largest and most successful in the field, offering robust undergraduate as well as M.A. and Ph.D. programs.  An extensive curriculum in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, Ancient Semitic languages as well as Hindi, Urdu and Uzbek is complemented by offerings in literature, religion and culture from the ancient to contemporary eras.  The university is home to a Title VI Middle East Studies Center, which offers financial, institutional and curricular support for research and teaching.  In addition, the university has a top-20 research library, which holds one of the largest Middle Eastern and Judaic collections in the country.  Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Sebastian  Knowles, NELC Chair Search Committee Coordinator, The College of Arts & Sciences, The Ohio State University, 114 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210.  Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2012.  Website:

To build a diverse workforce, The Ohio State University encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.  EEO/AA Employer.


Persian-Farsi Language Instructor Positions in Maryland

Language school seeks Persian-Farsi instructors. Positions are located in Maryland.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Minimum of 5 years teaching Persian-Farsi to adults (1 year of teaching a related subject may be substituted.)
  • B.A. in the Persian language; in linguistics or second language study; or in the history, culture, or literature of the area in which Persian is spoken
  • Familiarity with educational technology
  • Advanced degrees and publications are a plus.

Compensation is very competitive, based on credentials, and may include a relocation stipend. This is a long-term position. Full benefits.

If interested, please send your resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Grant Opportunities


Roshan Institute Scholarship

Starting spring 2015, new Graduate Fellowships, and Undergraduate Scholarships will be available to students in various departments and programs at the University of Maryland whose work in areas related to Persian Studies exhibits exceptional standards of academic excellence. These new and rigorous Fellowships and Scholarships, made available to Roshan Institute by a generous gift from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute open unprecedented range of Possibilities for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

You can receive Fellowships and Scholarships for Excellence in Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Your work can cover a wide range of disciplinary areas including Comparative Literature, History, Women’s Studies, and more. For more information, call Naz Beyranvand at (301) 405-1891 or visit:

Open Society Foundation: Global Supplementary Grant Program

The GSGP program offers supplementary grants of up to $10,000 to students from select countries in Southeastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, the Middle East, and South Asia to pursue full-time doctoral studies in the humanities and social sciences.

Please click on the following link for more information about applying:

OSF_GSPG Grant Guidelines


Iran Heritage Grant

Eligible Projects

The prime focus of projects seeking support should be the Iranian world. The Foundation will consider making grants to projects that promote the:

Teaching of the Persian language outside of Iran and other aspects of Persian culture to pre-university age groups (Education projects, funding range 500-4000 GBP).

Study of Iranian history, art, architecture, archaeology and cultures (research and publication; conferences and seminars; lectures and lecture series, etc.) (Academic projects, funding range 500-4000 GBP).

Awareness of the public at large about Iranian history and culture (film festivals, exhibitions, etc.) (Public programmes).

For more information on eligibility and requirements and application procedure, visit

Iran Heritage Foundation and submit an online application form.


Houtan Scholarship Foundation

Iran, which was once the birthplace of the Persian Empire – the largest empire in the world – undoubtedly, has one of the richest histories and cultures in the entire world. In an attempt to spread the word of the abundant Iranian culture, the Houtan Foundation offers scholarship to students from all origins, Iranian and non-Iranian, who have high academic performance and proven interest in promoting Iran's great culture, heritage, language and civilization. The candidates for the award must demonstrate leadership ability and the desire to make a difference in the society, where they reside. The Houtan Foundation has a strong interest in each of these students’ achievements throughout the scholarship period and beyond, as the foundation’s goal is to participate in each student’s success. 

At the present time, the Houtan Foundation offers the award of $2,500 per semester which will be given toward a graduate school education for the selected applicant. The award will be offered each fall and spring semester. Please submit the application no later than (June 1st) for fall semester and (Oct. 1st) for spring semester.

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