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.

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.
13th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies
September 21, 2014 February 8, 2015 University of California, Los Angeles
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.

Please review the Call for Papers in Pdf.

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,
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.
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:
International Institute of Social History
Fellowship Prince Dr Sabbar Farman-Farmaian
October 31, 2014   Amsterdam, Netherlands
Description: A new fellowship programme is offered for scholars who wish to use the collections for the study of social-economic history of 18-20 century of Iran, whether from a regional, national, or comparative and transnational perspective.
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.

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
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
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.
Tenure-track or tenured position in the field of pre-Islamic Iranian Studies November 2, 2014   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Description: The Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites applications for tenure-track or tenured position in the field of pre-Islamic Iranian Studies.
The Columbia University Seminars
Seminar on Iranian Studies
  November 5, 2014
5:30-7:30 pm
Faculty House of Columbia University
New York
Description: Prof. James Gustafson of Indiana State University:
“The Great Game and Iran from Perso-Russian Treaty of 1813 to Anglo-
Russian Convention of 1907.”
Art Fair
Taymour Grahne Gallery
At Abu Dhabi Art 2014
  November 5-8, 2014 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Description: For the sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Taymour Grahne Gallery is pleased to announce the gallery's participation in the fair's Bidaya section. Awarded annually to one young international gallery, the gallery will present work by Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Fayçal Baghriche and Nicky Nodjoumi.
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.
"Winning and Losing the Great Game: Literature, Art, and Diplomacy between Russia and Iran"
  November 7-8, 2014 Mershon Center for International Security Studies 
Columbus, OH
Description: An understanding of the historical relations between Iran, Georgia, Armenia and Russia is crucial for appreciating and navigating current political and cultural challenges in the region.
The Heritage of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East
Eighth Symposium of the Melammu Project
  November 11-15, 2014 The University of Kiel, Germany
Description: The main purpose of the Melammu Project is to investigate the continuity, transformation, and diffusion of Mesopotamian and Ancient Near Eastern culture from the third millennium BCE through the ancient world until Islamic times and after.
Islamic Legal Studies Program at
Harvard Law School
Visiting Fellowship Program for 2015–2016
November 15, 2014   Harvard Law School,
Cambridge, MA
Description: The purpose of the Visiting Fellows Program is to provide opportunities for outstanding scholars to undertake research, writing and scholarly engagement on Islamic law in ways that span traditional and interdisciplinary academic disciplines consistent with the Program’s mission. 
For additional information and how to apply, please visit
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.
'Tehran Noir' and 'Tehran at Twilight'   November 17, 2014 Asia Society
NY, U.S.A.
Description: A conversation with Salar Abdoh, editor of 'Tehran Noir' and author of 'Tehran at Twilight'
Symposium Invitation
The Idea of Iran: post-Mongol polities and the reinvention of Iranian identities
  November 22, 2014 SOAS, University of London
Description: The eleventh programme in The Idea of Iran series.
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.

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.
The Columbia University Seminars
Seminar on Iranian Studies
  December 3, 2014
5:30-7:30 pm
Faculty House of Columbia University
New York
Description: Prof. Hisae Nakanishi
Doshisha University, Kyoto, currently visiting scholar at Duke University:
“The Construction of the Sanction Regime against Iran: Political and Strategic Dimensions.”
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.
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.
"Media, Islam and the Other Religions of the Middle East" December 15, 2014 May 6-8, 2015 University of Balamand, North Lebanon
ARISC Grants and Fellowships December 19, 2014   The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
Description: The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus invites proposals from collaborative teams in support of the preservation and conservation of the Republic of Armenia’s archaeological and historical heritage.

January 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship for Transregional Studies 2015/2016 January 10, 2015   Berlin, Germany
Description: The Prize will be given to a research project that relates disciplinary and area-based knowledge in an exemplary way. The prize consists of a research fellowship of up to ten month and the possibility to participate in the scholarly activities of the Forum in Berlin.
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.
2015-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship
“Religious Materiality in the Indian Ocean World, 1300-1800”
January 15, 2014
University of Toronto, Canada
Description: This seminar explores how contact between cultures and the circulation of objects resulted in patterns of decoding, the displacement of implicit ethnographies of the other, equivalence and refraction in terminology and structure, and the formation of transcultural identities.
Submit applications to:
Call for Papers:
Online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” (META): papers #5
January 31, 2015    
Description: Periphery:
‘Periphery’ has often been equated with unevenness in socioeconomic development and with social and political injustice. Therefore much attention to ‘peripheral’ locations has been paid to such issues as governance and its relation to political mobilization. Such an approach certainly allows for discussing broader causalities.

February 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
Postdoctoral Fellowships
Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships
February 1, 2015 Various Dates UCLA, CA
Description: The Frontiers of Persian Learning: Testing the Limits of a Eurasian Lingua Franca, 1600–1900
Please note different topics on various dates.
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.

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

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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