At Encyclopaedia Iranica, we receive many announcements from around the world regarding different events, such as conferences and Calls for Papers. To give ample time to those who are interested and in order to enhance the advantage of this page for scholars and researchers, the announcements are arranged in the order of their submission deadlines. Therefore, we would like to draw your attention to different dates noted below.

July 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Iran in the World,
July 13, 2014 October 9-10, 2014 Melbourne, Australia
Description: The Middle East has undergone significant change in the past two decades, with a number of new challenges emerging. Iran, as a key player in the Middle East, has not been shielded from these changes. ... All of this has taken place against a new international setting, where Iran is now seeking relief from sanctions and a resolution to the disagreement over its nuclear program.
Given the complexity of these challenges, it is important to explore the road ahead. What options are open to the government of President Hassan Rouhani? How is Iran planning to address these challenges?

August 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Danesh Institue,
August 15, 2014 October 17-18, 2014 University of Chicago, USA
Description: The 2014 conference, co-sponsored by DANESH Institute and the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies, will, focus on a variety of topics related to the recent history of immigration from Iran and other Middle Eastern countries to the United States, psychosocial and economic adjustment of such immigrants, cultural and social implications, immigrants' contributions, their success stories, and other related topics.
2nd International Conference on Comparative Literature August 16, 2014 Sep. 30 and Oct. 1, 2014 Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran
Description: Comparative Literature is an approach toward a better understanding of the relation between the literatures of different countries and between literature and other branches of knowledge; since the relation between Persian and Arabic literatures has a long history and a deep and profound expansion; therefore there is a need for new researches in order to constantly discover these relations so that a better understanding of Iran and Arab’s common thoughts is met and the culture and literature of these two noble and civilized nations are made close.

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IMPAcT Final Year Dissertation Write-up Fellowships in 13th to 16th century Islamicate Intellectual History August 20, 2014,
12:00 Noon 
Oct. 1, 2014 University of Oxford, UK
Description: 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).

September 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS):
ICAS 9 Adelaide 2015
September 10th, 2014

ICAS Book Prize Deadline:
October 15, 2014
July 5-9, 2015 Adelaide, Australia 
Description: A world class Asian Studies Convention in South Australia, home of high culture, multiple universities, extensive Asia knowledge, great wine as well as fascinating animals and landscapes.
In this Asian Century when the Australian Commonwealth government is working hard to shape national responses to Asia's rise, your participation in ICAS 9 may even help influence the shaping of Asia's engagement with not only Australia but also the rest of the world.
Urban fragmentation(s):
September 12th, 2014 March 16-19, 2015 Berlin, Germany
Description: The Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) is the only German research institute devoted to an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia from a historical perspective. Current research focuses on the interaction between predominantly Muslim societies and their relations with non-Muslim neighbours. 

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The Seventh Biennial Convention of
the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS), Call for Papers
September 15th, 2014 September 23-27, 2015 Konya, Turkey
Description: The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) calls for the participation of its members in its Seventh Biennial Convention, to take place in place in Konya, Turkey, September 23-27, 2014. Selçuk University ( will host and help organize our meeting, along with the Directorate of Culture and Tourism in Turkey. The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 15, 2014. Please note that you must be a current ASPS member in order to submit your abstract, otherwise your submission will not be considered. In order to become a new member or renew your ASPS membership please proceed to our membership page at ( We will likely have a limited number of fellowships available for participants from Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Caucasus, as well as US students.
Confessional Ambiguity, ʿAlid loyalty, and tashayyuʿ ḥasan in the 13th to 16th Century Nile to Oxus Region
  September 19-20, 2014 Pembroke College, Oxford, UK
Description: One of the major themes of the later middle and early modern periods of Islamic history is the gradual ‘Shiʿitization’ of large sections of social, intellectual, and political collectivities in the Nile-to-Oxus region...
13th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies
September 21th, 2014 February 8, 2015 University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Description: inviting graduate students and recent post-docs (Ph.D., within the last two years) in fields associated with Armenian Studies (broadly defined) to present their recent research. Work in progress is encouraged. We invite research papers on all aspects of Armenian studies, including, but not limited to: literature, history, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, economics, art history, and much more. We welcome comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches. Panel submissions are also welcome.

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“Persian Manuscript Studies: The Importance of Codicology for a New Approach; Between Literature, Art History and History of the Book”
  September 22-24, 2014 Berlin, Germany
Description: The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin in cooperation with the Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World (FU Berlin) invites to a public lecture:
Dr. Francis Richard (Directeur scientifique, Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC)
“Persian Manuscript Studies: The Importance of Codicology for a New Approach; Between Literature, Art History and History of the Book”
The lecture is followed by a reception.
Venue: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Saal, Potsdamer
Str.33, 10785 Berlin
Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East
ISSN 1804-3194

September 30th, 2014    
Description: Call for Papers
Vol. 9, Iss. 1, 2015
Special Issue: Problematizing Cyber Wars
Guest Editor: Helga Tawil-Souri

October 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
China in the Middle East,
Call for Papers
October 1, 2014 March 17-18, 2015 Beijing
Description: Indiana University’s Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair invites interested scholars and advanced graduate students to submit proposals for the conference. The event will take place at the Indiana University China Office, Beijing.
Teaching Post-Doctoral Fellow - Comparative Politics or International Relations: Middle East October 1, 2014 January 1, 2015 Syracuse, NY, U.S.A.
Description: The Department of Political Science seeks a teaching post-doctoral fellow in Comparative Politics or International Relations, with research and teaching focus on the Middle East. The fellow’s duties will include teaching two or three courses annually and participating in the research and programming activities of the Middle Eastern Studies program. The political science department is housed within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, which is committed to citizenship education at the undergraduate level and to graduate education in public affairs and the social sciences.
One-day Symposium:
British Library Persian Manuscripts: Collections and Research
  October 31, 2014 London, UK
Description: The British Library is holding a one-day symposium on the theme of digitisation and new research on its collection of Persian manuscripts, one of the most significant in the world in both size and importance.
Writing Semitic: Scripts, Documents, Languages in Historical Context: The Sixth International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) Conference
  October 7-10, 2014 Munich, Germany
Description: During the last years, Arabic papyrology has started to contribute significantly to Arabic and Islamic studies: we now dispose of a number of high standard editions of documents; scholars working on the Islamic World up to the 16th century counterbalance literary tradition with documentary evidence; and cooperation with Demotic, Greek, and Coptic papyrology has steadily improved.
The Thousand and One Nights:
Sources, Transformations, and Relationship with Literature, the Arts and the Sciences
October 15, 2014 April 15-17, 2015 Cambridge (Boston), U.S.A.
Description: By: Harvard University (CMES) ~ Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (CERMOM, ANR MSFIMA)
Literary works with many textual sources, having been transformed, much translated, and exercising wide influences, such as the Thousand and One Nights, create dense and fluid textual networks. What must we have read, seen or heard to claim to know the Nights?

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Call for Papers:
'Earth in Islamic architecture'
October 15, 2014    
Description: Contributions for the publication will be diversified, from Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, from the beginning of Islam to the present days. Our main objective will be to show the historical and geographical depth of this still too little known Islamic architecture.
New Points on the Map:
Bureaucratization of Islam in Muslim States and Societies
  October 23-24, 2014 Bielefeld University, Germany

November 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Doctoral and PostDoc positions available   November 1, 2014 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Munich, Germany
Description: Eight Doctoral and two Post-Doctoral positions are available; to be started on November 1st.
The Graduate School is an interdisciplinary research network that brings together LMU Munich and research institutions in Munich to provide an optimal environment for disciplinary research and the promotion of junior academics in the field of ancient studies.
Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Culture November 1, 2014 September 1, 2015 Stanford University, CA, USA
Description: The Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Persian literature and culture, funded by an endowment gift from Bita Daryabari. Candidates should combine a research specialization with the ability to teach a broad range of courses across Persian literature. Comparative and/or theoretical approaches are welcome.
8th European Conference of Iranian Studies November 1, 2014 September 15-19, 2015 St. Petersburg
Description: The 8th Conference of Iranian Studies of the Societas Iranologica Europaea (SIE) will take place in Saint Petersburg at the State Hermitage Museum and at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts. Proposals for presentations that relate to any aspect of Iranian Studies are welcome. Should you decide to present a paper, please complete the pre-registration form available on the conference website.
On the occasion of the ECIS 8 the SIE Prize will be awarded for an outstanding Ph.D. (or equivalent) dissertation, published or unpublished, in any field of Iranian Studies, completed and successfully defended at any European academic institution between April 1st, 2011 and December 31st, 2014. For further information, please see the SIE website:
The Middle East Dialogue 2015: "The Middle East: Glorious Past, Uncertain Future" November 1, 2014 February 26th, 2015 Washington, DC, USA
Description: The Middle East Dialogue is for policy makers, scholars, business and social leaders, to discuss current issues. Its purpose is to promote multidisciplinary conversation about topics that include, but are not limited to education initiatives, social, economic and political reforms, nuclear proliferation, interfaith dialogue, women's gains and challenges, peace initiatives, and potential areas of conflict.
22nd Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference
November 7, 2014 March 7, 2015 Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Description: For the purposes of this conference, Central Eurasian Studies refers to the study of the historical and contemporary Afghan, Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Iranian, Mongolic, Tibetan, Tungusic, and Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states. Submission of pre-organized panels is strongly encouraged. Individual papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the Conference Committee to a suitable panel.
Symposia Iranica November 15, 2014 April 2015 Downing College, Cambridge, UK
Description: Established in 2012 as the first student and early career scholar-focused forum in the field, Symposia Iranica is an unthemed, biennial international graduate conference that brings together both groups to celebrate, encourage and stimulate their interest and engagement with Iranian studies. The conference welcomes proposals that engage with any aspect of Iranian studies within the humanities and social sciences.

December 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Capturing the Un-Representable: Artifacts and Landscapes between Mental and Material Worlds   December 5-7, 2014 University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Description: Humanistic disciplines typically focus their investigations on tangible, material remains, such as texts, artifacts, architecture, and landscapes, analyzing them as autonomous objects. However, material remains can also be understood as traces – evidence of greater images, landscapes, and spaces that existed in the minds of their creators and users.

April 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East
ISSN 1804-3194

April 30th, 2015    
Description: Call for Papers
Vol. 9, Iss. 2, 2015
Special Issue: A Safe Refuge? Minorities and the State in Iranian Cyberspace
Guest Editors: Bronwen Robertson and James Marchant

May 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location

International Congress On Prophet Muhammad’s (Pbuh) Representation In Art

  May 6-7, 2015 Zahedan, Iran
Description: Muhammad’s (BPUH) representation in Art: Painting, Illustration, Sculpture, Calligraphy, Decorated Art, Handicraft; Representation of the names, titles and characters of Prophet Mohammad in Artworks; Reflect of word and morality of Prophet Muhammad in Art, Literature and Mysticism

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