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: May 2015 June 2015

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.
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:
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
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.

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.
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.
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.
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

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.
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

May 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
New Symposium on the Codicology and Palaeography of Early Qur'an Manuscripts   May 14, 2015 Cambridge University Library, UK
Description: This one-day symposium is intended for codicologists, art historians, palaeographers, conservators, curators, scholars of Qur'anic studies, and any other researchers working with early Qur'an manuscripts, namely those dating from the seventh to the early eleventh centuries CE.
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.
Call for Papers -
Iran Nameh
Iranian Literary Modernity
May 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.
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.
Historical and cultural interactions of Poland and Iran
  May 18 - 19, 2015 University of Warsaw - Poland
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.
Iranian American Scholarship Fund (IASF) May 23, 2015    
Description: IASF provides assistance to students of Iranian heritage demonstrating academic excellence, financial need, and a commitment to community service.
Iran Today: Quest for New Narratives
  May 28-30, 2015 The University of Texas at Austin
Description: After four decades of separation, it is time to see Iran with fresh eyes. Join us in exploring narratives that recognize opportunities for peaceful relations between the people and countries of Iran and the United States.
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.
MA Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World
Call for Applications for the academic year 2015/16
May 31, 2015   Freie University, Berlin
Description: Masters Program in Freie University

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

Aram Forthcoming Conferences

  July 3-22, 2015 University of Oxford, UK
Description: ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Ninth International Conferences.
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.
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.
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.

September 2015

Event Submission Deadline Event Date Location
"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

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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