Program in Iranian Studies Conference, April 6-8, 2018
The Program in Iranian Studies at Yale welcomes submissions for a workshop in April 2018 to explore the dimensions of the Caspian Sea as a geographical frame for historical study. The workshop asks whether the Caspian functions as a conceptual framework for various forms of exchange in commerce, diplomacy, political culture, forces of dissent and revolutionary movements, movement of peoples, material culture, art, and literature as well as ecology, disease, navigation and maritime culture. Are there tangible historical ties in the early modern and modern periods between regions of the Caspian littoral – Iran, the South Caucasus, Dagestan, Russia, and Central Asia? In what ways do exchanges in this region connect to neighboring, more established cultural and political spheres and with broader trends of global history? Can these ties create a viable field of study beyond Middle Eastern, Eurasian, and Russian studies to underscore interregional connections? Can the Caspian be conceptualized as an alternative or as a compliment to more established frames, such as the Persianate World or Central Eurasia and the steppe? To what extent can the links within this region be separated from state-centered histories of Iran and the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union?
Papers may explore novel conceptual and theoretical approaches as well as case studies with broader historical implications. Please send proposals (synopsis and a resume) by September 30 via email to the Yale Program in Iranian Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Council on Middle East Studies.
The Program in Iranian Studies aims at the following objectives:
a) Exchange of scholars with Iran and Afghanistan as well as with Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia;
b) Visiting faculty specializing in the region to offer courses within the Yale College (modern Middle East Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology, History) and in the professional schools;
c) Short and medium term visitors: journalists, NGO and Human Rights activists, and intellectuals (writers, poets, etc.);
d) Promoting appointment of regular faculty in collaboration with departments, including an appointment in Persian literature at Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations;
e) Strengthening the library holdings in Persian and support for the existing Persian bibliographer and collection acquisition;
f) Research projects on issues vital to the region and on novel scholarly topics: economic, sociological, health and medicine, historical, literature and language, and international affairs;
g) Translation projects from English and from Persian as well as Dari, Tajik, and Kurdish;
h) Conferences, workshops and lecture series in collaboration with other Yale centers and councils;
i) Scholarships at undergraduate and graduate levels earmarked for the study of Iran in the Faculty of Art and Sciences at Yale and in professional schools (Medical School, Public Health, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Economic Growth Center, and Child Study Center);
j) Further recognition of Iranian Culture among the student body and facilitating the growth of Iranian-American and Iranian student body as part of Yale’s plan for internationalization.
Organization and Resources
Yale faculty in History, History of Art, Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Political Science, Religious Studies and in the School of Medicine and School of Public Health provide the core support and supervision.
Yale regularly offers courses in Iranian History, Modern Persian language (three years), Ancient and Middle Persian, Shi`ism and mysticism, and Persian culture. The Council on Middle East Studies also holds frequent scholarly and outreach programs related to Iran and collaborates with wide range of Iran specialists in other universities and institute of higher education in Connecticut and throughout the East Coast.
The Program in Iranian Studies strives to increase interdisciplinary and interregional collaboration primarily within the Council on Middle East Studies but with other Councils (South Asian, East Asian, and European Studies), with other programs at MacMillan Center (Central Asia ISI, Cross Border ISI, Hellenic Studies, Agrarian Studies, Order Conflict Violence, Ethnicity, Race and Migration, and the Turkish Studies Initiative) as well as with the Center for the Study of Globalization, Yale World Fellows, Frontier Studies Program, and others.
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