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.

Upcoming Submission Deadlines: February 2015, March 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient and Mediaeval
Near East (IHAMNE) series
Manuscripts accepted
Description: Correspondence should be directed to:
Prof. Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila (jaakko.hameen-anttila@helsink
and Dr. Ilkka Lindstedt (
MA Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World
Call for Applications for the academic year 2015/16
    Freie University, Berlin

September 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS):
ICAS 9 Adelaide 2015
September 10, 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 12, 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. 

Please review the Call for Papers.
The Seventh Biennial Convention of
the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS), Call for Papers
September 15, 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.

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.
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),
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?

Please review the Call for Papers in Pdf.
ACLA Annual Meeting - panel
Effeminate love: pre-modern and early modern lyrical poetry on the axis of East and West
October 15, 2014 March 26-29 , 2015 Seattle, Washington
Description: The focus of our panel will be pre-modern and early modern lyric poetry, tackled from a cross-cultural and cross-linguistic perspective. ACLA conference offers a perfect forum for multidisciplinary debate and discussion.
For more information, please contact the organizers, Domenico Ingenito ( and Selim Kuru (
ACLA Annual Meeting - seminar
"Permutations of Desire in Persian Literature"
October 15, 2014 March 26-29 , 2015 Seattle, Washington
Description: Please direct all questions to Matthew Miller at
Call for Papers 
First International Conference on Local history of Mazandaran
The Fifth Local History Gathering in Iran 
October 15, 2014 February 25, 2015 Sary, Iran
Description: Iran’s colorful ethnicities, geographic regions and administrative divisions of the country, represent its various horizons in the course of time. Paying attention to all these issues, simultaneously, is not in one’s power, neither do circumstances nor time limits permit this.
Call for Papers
Conference on the Millennium of Naser Khosrow Qubadiyani
October 22, 2014 February 20- March 6, 2015 Shahid Beheshti University
Tehran, Iran
Description: For more information, please refer to:
Official Website:

November 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
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 26, 2015 Washington, DC
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.
Being Muslim: How Local Islam Overturns Narratives Of Exceptionalism November 1, 2014 March 19-22, 2015 Vanderbilt University,
Nashville, TN
Description: Workshop IV:
“Transnational and Local Networks of Pilgrimage” – how each of these has helped to generate different concepts of pilgrimage through development transnational and local networks, not just the injunction to visit Mecca.
22nd Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference
November 7, 2014 March 7, 2015 Indiana University Bloomington, U.S.A.
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.
Fifth Annual Jil Jadid "New Generation" Graduate Student Conference in
Middle Eastern Languages & Literatures
November 15, 2014 February 27-28, 2015 University of Texas, Austin
Description: All papers treating topics in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish literature (both classical and modern) and linguistics (of all subfields, including applied linguistics) will gladly be considered. We welcome presentations in English, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish, with the request that an English summary be prepared for any papers to be presented in languages other than English.
Call for papers:
ICIL 6: Sixth International Conference on Iranian Linguistics
November 30, 2014 June 23-26, 2015 Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Description: Soliciting contributions from the full range of Iranian linguistics, including formal theoretical perspectives, computational linguistics, neurolinguistics, typological and functional perspectives, as well as diachronic and areal perspectives.
Cultural and Economic Relationships between Iran and Turkey
November 30, 2014 March 2015/ Esfand 1393 Imam Khomeini International University,
Qazvin, Iran
Description: The conference will be held with presentation of articles, and all scholars and experts of relative subjects are invited to send their articles. The articles written based on comparative approach have priority over other articles. Best articles will be published in the conference proceedings.

December 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Second Annual Conference Call for Panels and Papers
December 1, 2014
5 pm (UK time)
April 13-15, 2015
Senate House, University of London, U.K.
Description: Islamic Studies is broadly understood, to include all aspects of the study of Islam and Muslims, past and present, in both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts. Pre-arranged panels are particularly welcome on themes within the subject.
Symposia Iranica December 5, 2014 April 8-9, 2015 Downing College, Cambridge, UK
Description: Established in 2012, Symposia Iranica inaugurated at the University of St Andrews with 99 speakers in 2013 as the first early career scholar-focused forum in the field. Our objectives are both to bring together students and early career scholars to celebrate, encourage and stimulate their interest and engagement with Iranian studies, and to deliver a rounded, academically and professionally enriching experience that will have a real impact on the thinking, output and career progression of our participants.
Call for Papers
Minorities and Popular Culture in Modern Middle East: Representation and Participation
December 12, 2014 June 12, 2015 SOAS, University of London
Description: This workshop aims at exploring the contribution of all religious and ethnic minorities to the popular culture industries and how popular culture products have represented minorities and dealt with the minority question in modern Middle East during the twentieth century and at present.
"Media, Islam and the Other Religions of the Middle East" December 15, 2014 May 6-8, 2015 University of Balamand, North Lebanon

January 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Call for Papers:
Qisas al-Anbiya’: the Islamic Stories of the Prophets
January 12, 2015 October 14-15, 2015 University of Naples “L’Orientale”, in association with the Istituto per l’Oriente Carlo Alfonso Nallino
Description: This conference aims to review the state of the field on qisas al-anbiya’ and closely related topics, and to provide a platform for the latest developments in this area, from literary, historical, and political approaches to analysis of semantics, discourse, and genre.
Methodological Considerations and Implications in Regional Studies in Eastern Europe, Central Asia & Caucasus and the Middle East
January 12, 2015 March 14, 2015 SOAS
London, UK
Description: The 3rd of LCSS PhD Methodology conferences will focus on Regional Studies specifically covering Eastern Europe, Central Asia & Caucasus and The Middle East.
Call for Papers
Translation in Transition
January 15, 2015 May 1-2, 2015 Barnard College
New York City, U.S.A.
Description: How can we consolidate the gains made by Translation Studies over the last quarter century? What are the future coordinates of a field that is always – and perhaps should remain – in transition?
The Many Histories Of The Present
Pasts and Possibilities In The Muslim World
January 20, 2015 April 17-19, 2015 Duke University
Durham, NC
Description: The workshop will focus on Muslim societies as the primary context to conceptualize the interplay between historical inquiry and analysis of emergent social forms

February 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Eurasian Politics & Society Conference
February 1, 2015 May 8-10, 2015 CESRAN International and Konya Necmettin Erbakan University
Konya, Turkey
Description: Inviting panel and paper proposals, relating to all aspects of humanities and social sciences on wider Eurasia.
Asian Studies in Africa:
the Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interaction
February 15, 2015 September 24-26, 2015 University of Ghana at Legon
Accra, Ghana
Description: This will be the first conference held in Africa that will bring together a multidisciplinary ensemble of scholars and institutions from the continent and the rest of the world with a shared focus on Asia and Asia-Africa intellectual interactions.
Bazm and Razm

  February 17–May 31, 2015 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Description: Feast and Fight in Persian Art
Save the dates for different related events.
Call for Papers
Joint Annual Conference 2015: Liberation?
February 20, 2015
June 24-26, 2015 UK
Description: BRISMES 2015 invites papers on any aspect of liberation – and we will also welcome papers on any other theme.
Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference
University of Chicago
February 20, 2015
May 1-2, 2015 University of Chicago
Il, U.S.A.
Description: A broad range of topics from across the disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, sociology… or any other topic concerning the Middle East from the advent of Islam to the present day.
Call for Papers
ASOR 2015: The Archaeology of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
February 25, 2015
November 18-21, 2015 American Schools of Oriental Research, Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
Description: The Archaeology of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq session (s) will provide a forum for the large number of researchers currently engaged in the archaeology of this region, bringing together field reports and material studies spanning early prehistory to the Islamic period.
Bahari Visiting Fellowships in the Persian Arts of the Book February 27, 2015
August 1, 2015 Bodleian Libraries
University of Oxford, UK
Description: Applications are invited for Fellowships of up to 9 months in duration, for research into the Persian Arts of the Book. Research areas may include but are not limited to studies in Art History, Codicology, Calligraphy, Miniature Painting, the History of Islamic Book Production and Scribal Practices, Manuscript Cataloguing, and the Editing and Translation of Texts.
Call for Papers
Iran and the West: Converging Perspectives Conference
February 28, 2015
July 1-3, 2015 University of Warwick, UK
Description: The aim of this conference is to improve our understanding of Iranian and Western cultural perceptions of the other’s culture, people, and politics, both from popular and elite viewpoints, and the points of convergence and divergence between them.

March 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference
Grant Opportunities
March 2, 2015 October 29-31, 2015 Washington, D.C.
Master Builders in Qajar Tehran:
The Mirza Akbar Drawings
Lecture by Dr Moya Carey

  March 4,2015
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, UK
Description:  Admission is free.
2015 MESAAS Graduate Conference 

  March 5-6, 2015 Columbia University, NY
Description: Keynote by Ann Stoler
Available Position:
Director for the Medieval Iran Programme
The British Institute of Persian Studies
March 15, 2015 April 2015 London, UK
Description: The position lasts for 3 years, commencing from April 2015. The successful candidate should have a PhD, must be employed by a British higher education institution or museum, and demonstrate an ability to lead and coordinate projects and networks.
Master Of Arts In “Iranian Studies”
Call for Applications 2015
March 15, 2015   University of Tehran
Tehran, Iran
Description: The Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, is offering a two-year academic program in Iranian studies to non-Iranian students. This is a full-time program based on both intensive course-work and research.
Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF)
Visiting Fellowship Programme at SOAS

March 15, 2015 Oct 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016 London, UK
Traditions of Papermaking in the Islamic World
  March 27, 2015 The British Library, London, UK
Description: An inaugural symposium on the materials and techniques of making Islamic manuscripts entitled Traditions of Papermaking in the Islamic World
Professorship in Iranian Studies

March 31, 2015   Sorbonne Nouvelle,

April 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Sultans of Deccan India, 
1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy
  April 20- July 26, 2015 The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Description: Save the dates for different related events.
Howard Baskerville Translation Fund
Grant Opportunity Notice
The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies
April 21, 2015   Princeton University
Description: CIPGS announces the Howard Baskerville Translation Fund to support preparation and translation of international text of value to the scholarly study of social sciences and humanities that are currently unavailable and unpublished in Iran.
Invitation for a working seminar in Iranian literature
  April 23-24, 2015 Jagiellonian University of Krakow
Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East
ISSN 1804-3194

April 30, 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
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies:
Graduate Fellowships and Undergraduate Scholarships For Excellence in Persian Studies
May 31, 2015   University of Maryland
Description: The awards will be offered to students admitted to departments and programs at the University of Maryland whose work in areas related to Persian Studies exhibits high standards of academic excellence. 

June 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
"Representing the Senses in the Ancient Near East: Between Text and Image" March, 1, 2015 June 25, 2015 Geneva and Bern, Switzerland
Description: To explore how the cultures of the Ancient Near East represented sensory phenomena, not only in languages and literature, but also in art and iconography.
Eleventh Biennial Iranian Studies Conference
June 15, 2015 August 2-5, 2016 University Of Vienna

July 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco July 15, 2015 September 2015 6 Beach Road, 544
Tiburon, CA
Description: The 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, a showcase for independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, is inviting the filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films to the next edition taking place September 2015.

August 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Applications For Fis Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award For 2015 August 15, 2015    
Description: The Foundation for Iranian Studies invites applications for its annual award of $1000 for the best Ph.D. dissertation in a field of Iranian Studies. Students completing their dissertations between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 are eligible to apply for the 2015 award.

January 2017

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Call for Applications:
Visiting Fellowships
  Funding is guaranteed until the end of Jan. 2017. Philipps-Universität Marburg, Deutschhausstraße
Description: The research network “Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa” invites applications for visiting fellowships by scholars working on the MENA region or related fields that are of relevance for the network.


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