CfA - Iran Graduate Student Workshop

Publish Date: Apr 10, 2015

Deadline: Aug 01, 2015

Iran Graduate Student Workshop (IGSW)
Announcement and Call for Applications

Release date: March 18, 2015

To build bridges across Persian and Iranian Studies programs, scholars from New York University’s Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department and the Gallatin School (ISI-NYU)<>, Princeton University’s Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies<>, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center<> announce the Iran Graduate Student Workshop (IGSW). The workshop will provide a valuable venue for academic exchange and production, giving distinguished young scholars of the field an unrivalled opportunity to present and promote their research. On April 29-30, 2016, Princeton University will host the first meeting of this joint workshop, to be followed by similar gatherings at the other campuses every two years.

The first workshop cohort will consist of PhD students that are near ABD status and preparing their dissertation proposals (i.e., typically in their 2nd or 3rd year of graduate work). This cohort will participate again, as discussants, in the second workshop, to be held in 2018, i.e. towards the end of their graduate work. Applicants must focus on modern Iran, other countries of the Persianate world, or diasporas, or conduct relational histories and comparative work; and will be drawn from disciplines and programs in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, art history, economics, history, literature, politics, sociology, and related fields.

IGSW Purpose:
• To provide graduate students with intellectual feedback on their research, encompassing both area studies and disciplinary critiques, twice in their graduate student careers.
• To ensure that graduate students of Iran are aware of, and make their work accessible to, scholars from other parts of “their” area (i.e., the Middle East broadly defined) as well as from their own discipline, whether it be history, literature, or the social sciences.
• To use the above points to make sure that graduating scholars who focus on modern Iran will continue to be placed, if not more frequently placed, in both area studies and disciplinary departments.
• To help doctoral students improve skills in scholarship and teaching.

To apply, please send the following materials by August 1, 2015, 11:59PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) to<>:
• One letter of recommendation from an advisor or committee member supporting the research project and attesting to the student's good standing in their program of study.
• Curriculum vitae
• Research proposal of 1000 words on argument, methods, and evidence to be used in dissertation.

Decisions on applications will be sent out by September 1, 2015. If selected by the IGSW committee, participants will be expected to attend workshops in years 2016 and 2018. Travel and accommodation for accepted applicants will be provided by the IGSW.

Questions may be directed to, whereby questions will be responded to directly via email. Frequently asked questions and answers will also be posted on the website for general information.

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