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: August 2015

September 2014

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
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.

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of the ECIS 8 the SIE Prize will be awarded for an outstanding Ph.D. (or equivalent) dissertation, published or unpublished, in any field of Iranian Studies, completed and successfully defended at any European academic institution between April 1st, 2011 and December 31st, 2014.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:

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.

February 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
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.
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.

March 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference
Grant Opportunities
March 2, 2015 October 29-31, 2015 Washington, D.C.

May 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
The Role And Depiction Of Iranian/Persianate Subalterns From The 13th Century To The Modern Period
May 15, 2015 November 7, 2015 University of Edinburgh, UK
Description: The aim of this project is to involve scholars from a wide range of disciplines in the commencement of an organised effort to utilise an extensive range of sources to recover evidence of the ‘voices’ of ‘subalterns’ across the pre-modern and modern terrains of both rural and urban society across the Persianate world.
Persian language and culture
summer institute
  May 18 - August 14, 2015 George Washington University 
Washington DC
Description: To gain a solid foundation of the basics of the Persian (Farsi) language, as well as a better understanding of Iran’s contemporary society, history, and culture, through various extracurricular activities, film screenings, lecture series and field trips in the Washington, DC area.
Art Exhibition
  May 18 - September 20, 2015 Hirshhorn Museum
Washington, DC
Description: Shirin Neshat: Facing History presents an array of Neshat’s most compelling works, illuminating the points at which cultural and political events have impacted her artistic practice.

June 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Call for submissions
AATP workshop at MESA
Multiliteracies: Language, Culture, Communication and Technology in Today's Persian Classroom
June 10, 2015 Nov. 21, 2015 Denver, Colorado
Description: The workshop aims to provide teachers of Persian with cutting-edge research in the field of pedagogy and includes a wide variety of topics such as innovative methods or techniques for teaching the language and culture, corpus-based research, use of cutting-edge technology, and web-based teaching materials. Both quantitative and qualitative research are welcome.

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
Iran’s Constitutional Revolution of 1906 and the Narratives of the Enlightenment
Registration Deadline:
August 3, 2015
September 15-16, 2015 Gingko Library
London, UK
Description: The conference will focus, in particular, on the impact of Enlightenment thought on the intellectuals that formed the vanguard of the Constitutional Movement and the means and ways in which they engaged with new ideas of political organisation and sought to make them their own. 
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (three years) August 15, 2015   Institute of Iranian Studies
Vienna, Austria
Description: The Institute of Iranian Studies (IfI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria seeks applications from scholars in the field of Iranian studies for one full-time three-year fixed term post-doctoral research position to be filled by October 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.
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.
Research In Iran And Iranian Diasporas: Findings, Experiences, And Challenges
August 15, 2015 October 24, 2015 Indiana University, Bloomington
Description: Sponsored by DÄ€NESH Institute
Papers may include empirical or conceptual studies, and panels may focus on a single topic or a range of related topics.
3rd Biruni Interdisciplinary International Conference 
Abu Rayhan Biruni Foundation 
August 20, 2015 December 10-12, 2015 University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Description: On the Occasion of the Commemoration of the 966th Demise Anniversary of the Great Iranian Scholar Abu Rayhan Biruni
Migrants: Communities, Borders, Memories, Conflicts
August 30, 2015 March 17-19, 2016 XIII Annual conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO)
University of Catania, Italy
Description: The 2016 SeSaMO conference on 17-19 March, 2016, puts the spotlight on migration meant as a general phenomenon that has affected Muslim-majority societies across history and can be approached from different disciplinary perspectives.
MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize August 31, 2015    
Description: The author of the winning paper will be presented with a certificate and $250 cash award at the Awards Ceremony at MESA's annual meeting. In addition, the paper can be submitted for publication in the Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES).

September 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Job announcement
Associate professorship in Cross-Cultural Studies with specialization in Modern Iran and Central Asia
September 1, 2015   University of Copenhagen, DK
Description: The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for an associate professorship in Cross-Cultural Studies with specialization in Modern Iran and Central Asia to be filled by 1 February 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Call for Papers
Holy Hero(in)es. Literary Constructions of Heroism in Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagiography
September 20, 2015 February 18-20, 2016 Ghent University, Belgium
Description: Welcoming paper proposals for our first, international conference, which will deal with literary constructions of characters as hero(in)es in different types of late antique and early medieval hagiographical narrative (Lives, Martyr Acts, hagiographical romances, etc.). We envisage contributions on hagiography from different linguistic traditions (Latin, Greek, Syriac, Georgian, Coptic, Armenian, Persian and Arabic).
"The sciences of Islam, between repetition and innovation: What is commenting in Islam?"
September 30, 2015 January 14-16, 2016 Cairo, Egypt
Description: Concluding conference of the 200 Project
The 80th Year of the Publication of Sadegh Hedayat’s Novel The Blind Owl ( Buf-i-Kur)
September 30, 2015 February 17-18, 2016 The Institute of Indo Persian Studies
New Delhi, India
Description: The Institute of Indo Persian Studies shall host an International Conference to mark the 80th Year of the Publication of the Novel The Blind Owl ( Buf-i-Kur).

October 2015

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Islamic Manuscript Collections in Conflict Zones: Safeguarding Written Heritage   October 5–7, 2015 University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Description: This intensive, three-day course is intended for academics, policy makers, cultural experts, lawyers and military experts, and will also be of interest toconservators, librarians, art historians, and other researchers working with Islamic manuscripts and written heritage in conflict areas.

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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