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: April 2015 May 2015

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MA Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World
Call for Applications for the academic year 2015/16
    Freie University, Berlin

September 2014

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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.
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

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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.

November 2014

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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:
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

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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

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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.
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

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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

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Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference
Grant Opportunities
March 2, 2015 October 29-31, 2015 Washington, D.C.
Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF)
Visiting Fellowship Programme at SOAS

March 15, 2015 Oct 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016 London, UK
Call For Papers
4th International Congress on Pluricentric Languages and their Non-Dominant Varieties
March 30, 2015 July 8-11, 2015 University of Graz, Austria
Description: As this topic is of interest to scholars working on the variation of Iranian languages (e.g. Persian, Pashto, Kurdish, Balochi, Ossetian, etc.), you are invited to participate in the conference. 
Full-time PhD researcher positions with focus on the Caspian region
March 31, 2015 September, 2015 Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction
Dublin City University, Ireland
Description: The researchers will also be encouraged to spend a research period in one of non-EU university partners to gain an alternative vision for the Caspian region. 

April 2015

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Call for Papers -
Iran Nameh
Iranian Literary Modernity
April 15, 2015    
Description: Accepting submissions for a bilingual (Persian and English) special edition issue of Iran Nameh: A Journal of Iranian Studies we are co-editing on radical modes of re-thinking modern Persian literature as Iranian literary modernity.
Mirzâ ‘Ali-Qoli Kho’i:
The Master Illustrator of Lithographed Books in the Qajar Period

Lecture By: Ulrich Marzolph
  April 15, 2015
5:30 pm
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Edison and Newman Room
Description: This presentation is to introduce the Göttingen research project that is currently documenting the work of Mirzâ ‘Ali-Qoli Kho’i in view of a detailed art-historical study. Special attention will be paid to the aspects of tradition and innovation in the work of this creative artist of the Qajar period.
Columbia University Seminars
Seminar on Iranian Studies
Special Seminar in honor of Professor Ehsan Yarshater, The Doyen of Iranian Studies
  April 17, 2015
5:00-7:30 pm
Columbia University
The Faculty House
New York
Description: Presentation of Special Issue of Iran-Nameh to Prof. Yarshater 
by Prof. Mohammad Tavakoli-Targhi, University of Toronto

  APRIL 16-17, 2015 University Of Louisville
Louisville, Ky
Description: Modernity serves as a dynamic lens for viewing a wide range of transformations in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies, even as no generally accepted definition of modernity has yet emerged.
Introduction to Islamic Codicology

  April 20-24, 2015 American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Description: The Islamic Manuscript Association, in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the American University of Beirut, is pleased to announce an intensive short course, Introduction to Islamic Codicology, which will be held at the American University of Beirut from 20–24 April 2015.
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
Instructorship in Persian
April 27, 2015   University of Oxford
Description: Enter Vacancy id : 117710
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
Gibbs Memorial Trust
A.H. Morton Scholarship for Doctoral Research in Classical Persian Studies
April 30, 2015 October 2015  
Description: Available for Doctoral Students in Classical Persian Studies in UK
2015-2016 Call for Applications
Two Post-doctoral Positions, within the project Perso-Indica
April 30, 2015 October 2015 Paris, France
Bonn, Germany
Description: with University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris
and Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Bonn
Job Announcement: Editor-in-Chief
International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS)
April 30, 2015    
Description: The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief for its journal Iranian Studies: Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies. This interdisciplinary journal is dedicated to the study of the histories, cultures, religions, literatures, economies, social relations, and politics of Iran from the pre-Islamic period to the present.

May 2015

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Columbia University Seminars
Seminar on Iranian Studies
"The Conjuncture of Religion and Politics in the Emergence of Khomeini."
  May 6, 2015 Columbia University
The Faculty House
New York
Description: Please save the date.
Oriental Institute Collections Research Grant May 4, 2015   University of Chicago
Description: Welcoming applications from a wide spectrum of researchers, from those at the graduate student level (i.e. Masters Degree or PhD candidates) to well-established professional researchers in their field of study.  Applications are welcome from researchers from all nationalities. Applicants may also include researchers affiliated with the University of Chicago, including the Oriental Institute.
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
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.
Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum   May 22, 2015
at 9:30 am
City University of London 
College Building, St John Street
London, UK
Description: Free to attend, places must be booked in advance.
Followed by an evening concert at 7pm.
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. 
The International Iranian Economic Association
May 31, 2015 June 17-18, 2016 Philipps-University of Marburg,
Description: The purpose of this conference is to showcase the best current research on Iran’s economy and to generate information and encouragement for future high quality research in this area.

June 2015

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"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

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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

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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.

January 2017

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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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