Iranian Studies Conventions of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS)

Publish Date: Jan 09, 2021

The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) is a non-governmental, non-political, not-for-profit professional organization for researchers and scholars interested in the Persian-speaking societies' culture, civilization, and related areas in the Iranian civilizational area.


The Association's biennial conferences have been held in Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Pakistan, Georgia, and Armenia since its inauguration in Tajikistan in 2002.


The 2020 ninth Biennial convention of ASPS was supposed to occur in the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, India, but it was cancelled because of COVID. 


The new convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) will be organized in 2021. Please check the ASPS conventions page for further details. 


Each conference of the ASPS is announced long before the deadline so that the paper presenters and the organizers of panels have enough time to prepare. 


After accepting all papers, the ASPS convention organizing committee will prepare a preliminary conference program and share it with all accepted participants. The final version of the convention program will appear on the ASPS website several days before the convention starts and will remain there forever (hopefully - for example, the programs and the abstracts of the first ASPS convention in Dushanbe and the second convention in Yerevan are not available on the website and most probably are lost. Thus publishing the conference program online and maintain a good website forever is an excellent way to maintain the historical memory about academic events). 


Each convention day is separated into sessions. Sessions are divided into panels, and there can also be several parallel panels. During each panel, 3-5 papers are presented, each 15 minutes long. During the last years, each ASPS convention has had 40-50 panels. Below are the titles of the panels from different years' ASPS conventions.


  • Iranists and Iranian Studies in Georgia and Europe
  • Forms of Political Authority in the Post-Mongol Persianate World I
  • The View from Within and Without: Writing the Other in the Pre-and Early Islamic Periods
  • Classical Persian Poets and Texts
  • Modern Iranian Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Forms of Political Authority in the Post-Mongol Persianate World II
  • Social Constructions and Interactions across Asia from Late Antiquity
  • Genealogy and Religious Identity among the Ismailis of Badakhshan
  • Art and Makers of Art in the Persianate World
  • Ecology, Architecture and Clothing in Persianate Culture
  • Sociology in the Persianate World
  • Science and Culture in Badakhshan
  • The Development of Persian and Persian Literary Criticism
  • The Politics and Sociology of Shi'ism
  • The Qajar and Safavid Periods
  • Sasanian Rule and Iranian Expressions of Power in the South Caucasus
  • Regional and Local Politics in the Sasanian and Early Islamic Periods
  • Book Culture, Letter Writing, and Record-Keeping in the Persianate World
  • Iranian-European Relations
  • Social, Religious, and Intellectual Bonds from the Safavids to the Pahlavis
  • Figurative Decorations and Inscriptions: From the Safavid to the Qajar Period
  • Ismaili Transmission of Knowledge through the Centuries and the Study of Ismaili Islam
  • Political and Social Changes from the End of the Safavid Period to the Modern Period
  • Translation, Language Appropriation, and Control in the Achaemenid Empire
  • Social, Political, and Cultural Issues in Contemporary PersianateLiterature
  • Cultural and Social Issues in Zoroastrianism
  • The Return of the Pahlavan: Sequels, Spin-Offs, and Reflections of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh
  • Saadi and His Literary Legacy
  • Persianate International Relations
  • The Perso-Turkic Heritage: In Celebration of AbdülbakiGölpınarlı and Badiʻazzaman Foruzanfar
  • Persianate Architecture in Anatolia and the Caucasus
  • Anthropology of Persianate Societies
  • Shiʻism in the Persianate World
  • Ancient Iran in Inscriptions and Texts
  • Literary and Political Discourse in Afghanistan, India, and Iran
  • Ethnography of the Persianate World
  • Intellectual Traditions in the Pre-Modern Persianate World
  • Gender in Persianate Societies: Past and Present
  • Sufism: Medieval Persianate Sufi Thought
  • Persianate Historiography
  • Law, Society and Culture in Modern Iran
  • Sanctifying the Profane: The "Orthodox" and "Heterodox" in the Rituals of Late Medieval Persianate Sufism
  • Urdu Literature and Society
  • Leadership and Authority in Persian Ismailism
  • Afghanistan, Central Asia and South Caucasus
  • Iran and the Caucasus
  • What is Indo-Persian? A View from the Late Mughal Period
  • Memory andImageryinPersianateHistoriography and Literature
  • Ottoman-Safavid Poetry
  • Politics of Advice Literature in Seljuq Anatolia and Il-Khanid Iran
  • Embodied Vision: Art and Architecture in Persianate Visual Culture
  • Indo-Persian Literature
  • Rumi and the Indian Parrots
  • Persianate Court Culture in India
  • Ismaili and Twelver Shi'i Narrative Traditions of Iran and the Pamir
  • Artistic Production in the Persianate Sphere
  • Iranian History and Contemporary Historiography
  • Pre-Islamic Iran and Its Heritage
  • Sufism in the Persianate World
  • Post-Revolutionary Iran and the Caucasus
  • Indo-Iranian Ecumene
  • Reform and Revolution in the Persophone World
  • Social and Political Change in Iran and Central Asia 
  • Persianate Thought: Political, Philosophical and Religious
  • Persianate Social History


ASPS conventions are word known events in the field of Iranian Studies. These biennial conventions are an excellent way to share advances in Iranian Studies, Persian Studies, Caucasian Studies, Linguistics, History, and Literature. Follow the website of The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies for updates about the ASPS conventions.

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