ABOUT US

is a leading international forum for early career scholars

Symposia Iranica is a dedicated, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed platform open to emerging scholars working on any aspect of Iranian or Persian Studies within the arts, humanities, and social sciences

is a leading international forum for early career scholars

Symposia Iranica is a dedicated, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed platform open to emerging scholars working on any aspect of Iranian or Persian Studies within the arts, humanities, and social sciences

WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO

We create environments where emerging scholars connect, challenge, educate, and inspire one another

Founded in 2012 as a gathering for 24 people, Symposia Iranica has evolved into a biennial event that brings together
a talented and vibrant global community of over 100 scholars from a pool of close to 500 applicants

We create environments where emerging scholars connect, challenge, educate, and inspire one another

Founded in 2012 as a gathering for 24 people, Symposia Iranica has evolved into a biennial event that brings together a talented and vibrant global community of over 100 scholars from a pool of close to 500 applicants

THE RESULTS

THE RESULTS

97% would recommend
us or apply again

97% rated Symposia Iranica
'extremely' or 'very organised'

100% rated their experience
'excellent' or 'very good'

97% would recommend
us or apply again

97% rated Symposia Iranica 'extremely' or 'very organised'

100% rated their experience 'excellent' or 'very good'

OUR IMPACT AGENDA

OUR IMPACT AGENDA

"Sustaining the academic vitality of any field relies on attracting the attention, nurturing the interest, sustaining the engagement, and supporting the development of new, upcoming, and existing scholars over successive generations.

Armin Yavari, Founding Chair

"Sustaining the academic vitality of any field relies on attracting the attention, nurturing the interest, sustaining the engagement, and supporting the development of new, upcoming, and existing scholars over successive generations.

Armin Yavari, Founding Chair

Symposia Iranica is a young, dynamic, and strategically driven philanthropic 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, 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, with every successive conference we take a leap forward with our vision for Symposia Iranica to ensure that the platform continues to deliver the maximal benefit and advantage that can be achieved. 

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 five years we have held three conferences that together have gathered a global community of over 340 emerging scholars from a pool of over 1,200 applicants.

The inaugural Symposia Iranica was held at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews in 2013, our second conference was hosted by the University of Cambridge at Downing College, and the Third jointly by Pembroke College and the University of Cambridge. In all three events, we also hosted upwards of 25 senior and mid-career academic invitees who played a supporting role focused on enriching the academic development and engagement possibilities of our early career participants. The contribution of established academics is also crucial to the success of our Early Career Scholars Q&A, which has proven a firm conference 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 preparing for the Fourth Biennial in 2019 and looking ahead to 2021 and 2023. 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.

Mr Armin Yavari, Founding Chair

Dr Michael Pye, Co-Chair