CfP - Pahlavi Iran, 1941-1979: A Global History Workshop, 1941-1979, 19 May 2016, UK

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2016

Deadline: Feb 01, 2016

Date:19 May 2016
Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science

In the four decades that passed between the Allied wartime occupation of Iran in 1941 and the fall of the Pahlavi monarchy in 1979, Iran was slowly transformed from a battleground of Cold War competition to a major regional and global actor. The Pahlavi state and Iranian society both witnessed profound social, cultural, and economic changes as rising oil revenues fuelled the developmental goals of the White Revolution, while global movements of ideas and activism shaped the growing opposition to the rule of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The roots of contemporary Iran, and the challenges and opportunities it presents, lie in those formative four decades that culminated in the political and social earthquake of the Iranian Revolution.

We seek applications from advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and non-tenured faculty working on all aspects of Iran’s global history in the Pahlavi era from 1941 to 1979. Papers could examine Iran’s place and impact in the world, or the impact of global forces within Iran itself. We welcome submissions on a variety of topics spanning the cultural, diplomatic, intellectual, political, and social history of late Pahlavi Iran, with a common focus on global issues, forces and questions that transcended Iran’s borders.

We particularly welcome submissions in three broad areas

  1. the international and transnational relations of Pahlavi Iran;
  2. oil, development, and modernisation in Pahlavi Iran;
  3. ideas, culture, and dissent in Pahlavi Iran.

Workshop participants will receive feedback at the closed-door workshop from three commentators: Roham Alvandi, Associate Professor of International History at  LSE; Houchang Chehabi, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University; and Cyrus Schayegh, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a 300-word abstract and CV by email to the workshop convenor, Dr Roham Alvandi ( by 1 February 2016.

Abstracts should indicate what sources your paper will draw on, as well as the global dimensions of your research.

We anticipate selecting nine workshop participants, each of whom will receive funding for return economy air or train travel to London, and one night’s hotel accommodation.

Participants will be asked to submit an 8,000-word working paper ahead of the workshop in London. Following the workshop, having received feedback on their work, participants will be invited to revise and resubmit their papers for publication as an edited collection.

This workshop is supported by the LSE Kuwait Programme and the British Institute of Persian Studies.

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