The Sixth Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS)

The Sixth Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS)
September 2-6, 2013
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Call for Papers:
The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) calls for the participation of its members in its Sixth Biennial Convention, to take place in place in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, September 2-6, 2013. The Oriental Institute of Sarajevo (
) and the Bosniac Institute (, located a short distance from the old town, will host and help organize our meeting. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February15, 2013. Following tradition, the ASPS will cover accommodation, food and events during the meeting. We will likely have a limited number of fellowships available for participants from Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia and Georgia.
All humanities and social science disciplines related to Persianate Societies are welcome. We encourage pre-organized panels, but individual papers are also welcome. Submissions for pre-organized panels must include a panel abstract of no more than 300 words plus individual abstracts of no more than 300 words for each panelist. Panels must be limited to a minimum of three panelists and a maximum of four. Panels and individual abstracts must contain:
Address E-mail address/fax no./phone no.
Title of paper and abstract with clearly stated thesis
For pre-organized panels, panel abstract with a clearly stated thesis plus individual abstracts
Please send abstracts in Word document format through electronic mail to:
Prof. Rudi Matthee,
History Department, University of Delaware
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; fax: (302) 831-1535
We are very enthusiastic about holding the Sixth Biennial Congress of the Association in Sarajevo. For more than six centuries, Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as the larger region of the Balkans, have boasted strong currents of Persianate culture that have remained unknown to most us. As a part of the ancient Mediterranean, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Balkans are also rich in monuments related to Mithraic cults that bear testimony to the region’s much older ties with the larger Iranian ecumene.
We look forward to an exciting sixth convention in Sarajevo. Past conventions of the ASPS have been held in Dushanbe/Tajikistan (2002); Yerevan/Armenia (2004); Tbilisi/Georgia (2007); Lahore/ Pakistan (2009), and finally, Hyderabad/India (2012). We invite you to peruse through notices of these, as well as their programs, through our web page at

The ASPS Congresses have provided a rare and valued opportunity for scholars from West, Central and South Asia, Europe and North America to participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue. The interchange of ideas has also found its place in our publication, Journal of Persianate Societies, published by Brill Academic Publishers. We encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in this unique gathering.

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