Conf/CfP - Anatolia-the Caucasus-Iran: Ethnic and Linguistic Contacts, 10-12 May, 2018, Yerevan, Armenia

Publish Date: Dec 22, 2017

Deadline: Mar 15, 2018

Event Dates: from May 10, 2018 12:00 to May 12, 2018 12:00

International Conference

Anatolia-the Caucasus-Iran: Ethnic and  Linguistic Contacts

10-12 May, 2018
Yerevan, Armenia

Institute of Oriental Studies
Russian-Armenian University, Yerevan, Armenia

in cooperation with the

Institute of Empirical Linguistics
Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The  region including Anatolia, the Caucasus and Iran is distinguished by its multi-ethnic and multilingual nature. Languages  spoken by the inhabitants of this vast area belong to different families — Indo-European, Turkic, Caucasian — and have long been in constant interactions, shaping various combinations of linguistic phenomena: substrate-superstrate-adstrate; language unions (Sprachbunds), like Armenian-Turkic-Caucasian, including within the same language continuum, as, for instance, South Caucasian-Aturpatakan Iranian Sprachbund. Moreover, nowhere in the world the spoken language is so actualised with regard to the ethnic issues than in the mentioned region. The discussion of all these topics and their different aspects will be the target of this gathering.

Academics of any educational and professional level (MA, PhD, Post-Doc and beyond) are invited to submit papers and panel proposals relating to all aspects of linguistics and ethnography of Anatolia-the Caucasus-Iran, including:

  • Ethnic and language contacts
  • Ethnogenetic processes
  • Identity issues
  • Language as identity marker
  • Lexical and grammatical borrowings
  • Language unions (Sprachbunds)
  • Substrate issue
  • Toponomastics (hydrotoponymy as historical source)
  • Ethnobotany
  • Folklore

The working language of the Conference is English. Separate sessions may be organised in Persian or/and Russian.

Abtracts not exceeding 400 words alongside with a brief CV including contact details are to be emailed by March 15, 2018 to, with the Subject “Anatolia-the Caucasus-Iran: Ethnic and Linguistic Contacts”. If your abstracts include non-Unicode symbols, we will appreciate if you send them in both .doc and .pdf formats.

The scheduled time for keynote speeches is 40 minutes. Each presentation will last 20 minutes and 5 – 10 minutes will be available for Q&A.

Important dates

  • 15 March, 2018 — Abstract submission deadline
  • 30 March, 2018 — Notification of acceptance


Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian-Armenian University, 123 Hovsep Emin St., Yerevan 0051 (,

Participation fee

Participation fee for the conference (except for keynote-speakers) is EUR 150, which includes refreshments, lunches, two banquets and cultural programme during the days of the conference.


Relevant papers will be published in Iran and the Caucasus (

Armenian Visa

For the citizens of Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan no visa is required. The citizens of the mentioned countries can enter Armenia without any invitation.
For the citizens of European and American countries, Australia and Iran as well no visa is required. No special invitation is required.
List of countries whose nationals are unilaterally exempted from the requirement of obtaining a visa.
List of countries, with which Armenia has a visa-free regime according to bilateral and multilateral agreements.
Holders of all other national passports and travel documents, including UN Laissez-Passer, are required to obtain an entry visa.
List of countries nationals of which could apply for visitor visa only with invitation.
For more information on the Armenian visa please visit:

The selected applicants will receive a letters with further details.

Organising Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Garnik Asatrian (Russian-Armenian University,  Yerevan, Armenia)
  • Prof. Dr. Jost Gippert   (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Dr. Vahe Boyajian (Russian-Armenian University,  Yerevan, Armenia)
  • Dr. Khachik Gevorgian (ARMACAD, Yerevan, Armenia)
  • Hiwa Asadpour (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Gohar Hakobian (Russian-Armenian University, Yerevan, Armenia)

Academic Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Sekandar Amanolahi  (Shiraz University, Iran /University of Harvard, USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Bläsing (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Bulut (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • Prof. Dr. Mohammad Dabir Moghaddam (Academy of Persian Language, Tehran, Iran)
  • Prof. Dr. Anaïd Donabédian-Demopoulos (Inalco, UMR SeDyL, Labex EFL, Paris, France)
  • Prof. Dr. Carina Jahani  (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Prof. Dr. Agnes Korn  (CNRS, UMR Mondes iranien et indien, Paris, France)
  • Prof. Dr. Yahya Modarresi (Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies,  Tehran, Iran)
  • Prof. Dr. Adriano Rossi   (I S M E O, Naples, Italy)
  • Prof. Dr. Pollet Samvelian (Univerity of Sorbonne III, Labex EFL, Inalco, SeDyL, Paris, France)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulze (Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)
  • Prof. Dr. Donald Stilo (MPI Leipzig, now retired, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Dr. Evgenij Zelenev (HSE, Saint Petersburg, Russia)
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Widmer (University of Zurich, Swiss)
  • Dr. Faryar Akhlaghi (Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Tehran, Iran)
  • Dr. Victoria Arakelova (Russian-Armenian University, Yerevan, Armenia)
  • Dr. David Buyanner (Free University of Berlin, Germany)
  • Dr. Johnny Cheung      (Inalco, Paris, France)
  • Dr. Thomas Jügel  (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Dr. Mojtaba Monshizadeh (Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran)
  • Dr. Peter Nicholaus (Former UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Kabul, Austria)
  • Dr. Matthias Weinreich (CCIS, Yerevan, Armenia/Berlin, Germany)

Similar Opportunities



Armenian Studies

Caucasian Studies


Iranian Studies


Middle Eastern Studies

Religious Studies

Turkic Studies

Study Levels





Eligible Countries


Host Countries


Conference Types

Call for Papers