Call for Papers

Closes Friday, 2 December 2016

THIRD BIENNIAL CONFERENCE ON IRANIAN STUDIES, PEMBROKE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, 11–12 APRIL 2017

"Symposia Iranica is open to postgraduates at all levels and post-docs from any discipline"

Michael Pye, Co-Chair

Call for Papers

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.

The abstract is the basis for judging a proposal for acceptance. All abstracts undergo double-blind peer review by a Committee comprising of at least three academics for each discipline. If accepted, the Organisers will group individually submitted papers into panels, with the expectation that some sessions will be interdisciplinary. Panel chairs will be selected from amongst our academic invitees.

The conference will be conducted in English.

Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the continued support of principal sponsors the British Institute of Persian Studies and the Soudavar Memorial Foundation, Pembroke College, Cambridge, the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the Ancient India and Iran Trust.

Submissions

Proposals should be sent using the appropriate form by 23:59 GMT on Friday, 2 December 2016 to:

For all general enquiries, please write to us at office@symposia-iranica.com

WHAT TO EXPECT

INVEST IN YOURSELF. GET INSPIRED. GROW YOUR POTENTIAL

Focus

Our intensive programming aims to deliver a rounded, academically and professionally enriching experience that will have a real impact on your thinking, output and career progression.

Support

We invite senior academics, commissioning editors, researcher development specialists, and major funder representatives to help you address the priorities intrinsic to your development.

Clarity

Test your arguments, receive targeted feedback, and gain a greater awareness of the opportunities available for career progression and a clearer idea of your own personal career pathway.

Interdisciplinarity

Develop peer and academic networks with dozens of bright minds and established scholars across the full spectrum of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

We consider proposals in any discipline that engage with any aspect of Iranian studies within the arts, humanities, and the social sciences from prehistory through to the contemporary. Comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches are also very welcome.

Individual papers are allocated 15 minutes each and will be grouped into panels of three or four speakers, with the expectation that some sessions may be interdisciplinary. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should indicate the paper’s original contribution in sufficient depth with some indication of its conclusions. Proposals should be sent by 23:59 GMT on Friday, 2 December 2016 to proposals@symposia-iranica.com

You may submit one proposal for consideration only. Please note that you cannot participate in a pre-arranged panel and deliver an individual paper.

Notice of the peer review results will be circulated from 8 January 2017.

Pre-arranged panels are allocated 90 minutes and should consist of three or four presenters. Panel themes may be broad or narrow, however, a connective thread between the proposed papers must be evident in your submission. Proposals should include a succinct rationale for bringing the individual papers together as a panel and a brief description of how each paper fits into the theme of the panel; this should not exceed 500 words.

Only the panel’s organiser should submit an application and if successful, panel organisers are responsible for obtaining from each participant an abstract of 250 words for each paper by Friday, 3 February 2017, which will be published in the conference book. No individual papers need be submitted separately at any other time. Proposals should be sent by 23:59 GMT on Friday, 2 December 2014 to proposals@symposia-iranica.com

You may submit one proposal for consideration only. Please note that you cannot participate in a pre-arranged panel and deliver an individual paper.

Notice of the peer review results will be circulated from 8 January 2017.

Eligibility

Proposals are accepted from the following:

  1. Postgraduate students (MA, MPhil, MSt, etc.: currently enrolled or graduating in 2016);
  2. PhD students/candidates at any stage of their degree; and
  3. post-docs subject to graduation within the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

 

Changes to Panel Chairing

In response to feedback from participants of the conference in 2015, we will be conducting a limited opt-in trial where a panel can have their papers or detailed notes circulated in advance of the conference to panel chairs, instead of the abstract alone.

If your paper passes the peer review and you choose to opt-in to this trial, your written paper/presentation notes will be expected by Sunday, 19 March 2017.

Updated 18 October 2016