Call for Papers
North Range, Downing College | Below: Howard Theatre | Bottom: Master’s Lodge


Michael Pye, Organiser


stablished as the first student and early career scholar-focused forum in the field, Symposia Iranica is an unthemed, biennial international graduate conference that brings together both groups to celebrate, encourage and stimulate their interest and engagement with Iranian studies. Having inaugurated at the University of St Andrews in 2013, the Second Biennial is hosted by the University of Cambridge at Downing College, which is located in the heart of that historic city.

We welcome proposals that engage with any aspect of Iranian studies within the humanities and social sciences. These include but are not limited to ancient through to contemporary history; the history of medicine; poetry and literature; economics; political science; philosophy; archaeology; religions and theology; geography, ecology and the environment; historiography; sociology; anthropology; music; art history; architecture history; social and political theory; tangible and intangible heritage; cultural heritage; conservation and heritage management; 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 two-to-three academics for each subject area, while the Organisers will group individually submitted papers into panels, with the expectation that some sessions will be interdisciplinary.

To be considered for publication, submissions must represent original contributions to existing scholarship and an indication be made on your application that you would like to be considered. The conference will be conducted in English. Proposals should be sent using the appropriate form by 23:59 GMT on Saturday 15 November 2014 to:


Individual Papers

Individually submitted papers are allocated 15 minutes each and will be grouped into panels, with the expectation that some sessions may be interdisciplinary.

Individual Papers Spec

Abstracts should not exceed 300 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 Saturday 15 November 2014 to:

Application Form

To submit a proposal for an individual paper, please download the pdf. form below. You should ensure that you are using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to successfully fill, save and send the form.

Pre-arranged Panels

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.

Pre-arranged Panels Spec

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 a brief biography and an abstract of 300 words for each paper by the end of January. No individual papers need be submitted separately.

Proposals should be  sent by 23:59 GMT on Saturday 15 November 2014 to:

Application Form

To submit a proposal for a pre-arranged panel, please download the pdf. form below. You should ensure that you are using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to successfully fill, save and send the form.

  • Please ensure that you read the proposal specifications given above carefully. Guidelines are also provided in the application forms and hints for individual fields to help you complete your submission.
  • All forms should be returned complete – for any inapplicable fields, please use N/A [not applicable] to indicate this.
  • All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review.
  • Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent in late 2014.
  • Presenters will need to pre-register for the conference, details of which will be released in the New Year.

Submissions are welcomed from the following:

      1. Postgraduate students (currently enrolled or graduating in 2014);
      2. PhD students at any stage of their degree; and
      3. post-docs (subject to graduation within the last three years).

Individuals falling into one of the above categories are eligible to submit proposals to present a paper and organise or participate in a pre-arranged panel.

  • You may only submit one proposal for consideration. Please note that you cannot participate in a pre-arranged panel and deliver an individual paper.
  • Proposals for papers with more than one speaker will not be accepted this year.

I understand that by returning either application form that I consent to Symposia Iranica:

  1. using and keeping information provided by me; and
  2. checking any disclosed information relating to qualifications or academic status.

The information that you provide will be used solely in relation to the administration of the selection process and, pending the result, management of the conference. Data will be retained in accordance with Symposia Iranica’s retention of records arrangements.