SYMPOSIA IRANICA IS OPEN TO POSTGRADUATES AT ALL LEVELS AND POST-DOCS FROM ANY DISCIPLINE
We welcome proposals that engage with any aspect of Iranian studies within the arts, humanities, and social sciences. These include but are not limited to prehistory through to contemporary history; poetry and literature; economics; political science; philosophy; archaeology; religions and theology; historiography; sociology; anthropology; music; art and architecture history; social and political theory; cultural heritage; international relations; languages and linguistics; law and legal studies; Diaspora studies; new media and communication studies; film studies; and the performing arts. Comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches are also very welcome.
Proposals should be sent using the appropriate form by 23:59 GMT on Friday, 2 December 2016 to:
Symposia Iranica is a young, dynamic, and strategically driven project. It was established to pilot a concept for a different type of academic conference – one that marries the economy, collegiality, and focus on junior scholars of a graduate conference with the breadth, academic intensity, polish and execution of an international convention.
In organising such a forum for early career scholars engaging with any aspect of Iranian or Persian studies in their research within the arts, humanities, and social sciences, our aim is to create an environment where these emerging scholars can connect, challenge, educate, and inspire one another. Realising this through creating a supportive peer context, delivering opportunities for personal and professional development, facilitating dialogue and exchange, catalysing new relationships, encouraging interdisciplinary engagement, developing networks, sharing expertise, and giving original research a platform is our constant mission.
Developed by a small and committed group of volunteers, funded by like-minded organisations, and unencumbered by the procedural constraints that many larger or more established associations face, the organisers focus on refining each successive conference in line with feedback, new trends, and Symposia Iranica’s founding principles.
Since we started in 2012, we have worked hard to bring our vision to reality. In collaboration with multiple sponsors, partners, and a supporting cast of mid-career and senior scholars, in the intervening four years we have held two conferences that together have gathered a global community of over 200 emerging scholars from a pool of close to 1,000 applicants.
The inaugural Symposia Iranica opened at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews in 2013 and our second conference was hosted by the University of Cambridge at Downing College. In 2013 and 2015, we also hosted upwards of 20 senior and mid-career academic invitees who played a supporting role that focused on enriching the academic development and engagement possibilities that the conference aims to provide for our early career participants. As a result of such feedback, we are implementing major changes to the way panel chairing is organised that will double the number of academics to over 40 from 2017. The contribution of established academics is also crucial to the success of our Early Career Scholars Q&A, which has proven a firm confernece favourite. The Q&A is an opportunity for participants to gain a greater awareness of the opportunities available for career progression and a clearer idea of their own personal career pathway. It addresses questions on the key skills, experience and personal qualities vital to a successful career in academia. Panelists provide an overview of what recruiters are looking for in candidates, give an insight into the types of academic publications available and the processes involved in getting material published, and tackle the question of academic leadership before questions are taken from the floor.
Looking ahead, we are in the midst of preparing for our Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies at Pembroke College – the cradle of Persian studies in Britain – in spring 2017, again in partnership with the University of Cambridge, and thence to the University of Edinburgh and Universities of London in 2019 and 2021.
We hope that you enjoy exploring our content, learning more about Symposia Iranica, and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our programmes in the future.