The Eighth Biennial Convention of the
Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS)
March 9-13, 2017
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) calls for the participation of its members in its Eighth Biennial Convention, to take place in Shiraz, Iran, March 9-13, 2017. The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 20, 2016. Please note that you must have valid ASPS membership for 2016 in order to submit your abstract and for 2017 in order to participate in the conference. In order to become a new member or renew your ASPS membership, please proceed to our membership page at (http://persianatesocieties.org/index.php/membership). We will likely have a limited number of fellowships available for participants from Central Asia, Afghanistan, and the Caucasus. Scholarships for U.S. graduate students are subject to availability.
All humanities and social science disciplines related to Persianate Societies are welcome. In addition to individual paper submissions, we strongly encourage pre-organized panels. Submissions for pre-organized panels must include a panel abstract of no more than 300 words plus individual abstracts of no more than 300 words for each panelist. Panels must be limited to a minimum of three panelists and a maximum of four. Submissions for pre-organized panels and individual papers should be made here [http://persianatesocieties.org/index.php/asps-2017-abstract-submission].
We are very enthusiastic about the forthcoming Eighth Biennial Convention of the Association in the historic Shiraz, city of gardens and poets, in the historic Province of Fars (Pārs/Persis), the seat of the Achaemenid and Sasanian Empires. For almost a millennium, Shiraz has been home to some of the most famous poets, philosophers, littérateurs and personages such as Salmān the Persian, Mullā Sadrā, Mansūr Ḥallāj, Ḥāfiz, Sa‘dī, Sibawayh, and Karīm Khān. The city of Shiraz and the Province of Fars boast some of the finest monuments and architecture from antiquity to the modern period including Persepolis, Pasargad, Sarvestān, Masjid-e Vakīl, Bāzār-e Vakīl, Bāgh-e Eram, Citadel of Karīm Khān, the Ḥāfiz and Sa‘dī mausoleums, and Madraseh-ye Khān.
We look forward to an exciting Eighth Convention in Shiraz. Past conventions of the ASPS have been held in Istanbul/Turkey (2015), Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013), Hyderabad/India (2012), Lahore/ Pakistan (2009), Tbilisi/Georgia (2007), Yerevan/Armenia (2004), and Dushanbe/Tajikistan (2002). We invite you to review our past programs on our web page at www.persianatesocieties.org. The ASPS Conventions have provided a rare and valued opportunity for scholars from West, Central and South Asia, Europe and North America to participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue. The interchange of ideas has also found its place in our publication, the Journal of Persianate Societies, published by Brill Academic Publishers. We encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in this unique gathering.
Please note: traveling to Iran has recently been made much easier. Except for citizens of eight countries (including the United States and Britain) holders of valid passports from all other countries will automatically be issued Visas upon arrival at the airport. As for American and British citizens, furthermore, we are confident special arrangements to facilitate obtaining Visas will be made. For those who may not be able to attend due to travel restrictions, arrangements are being made for accepted papers to be presented in absentia via Skype. For more information on obtaining travel Visas to Iran, please visit: http://econsulate.mfa.ir/index.aspx?fkeyid=&siteid=452&pageid=27705 or consult the IRI embassy/consulate offices in your country of residence/citizenship for the most up-to-date information.
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