7th Biennial Convention of The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies

aspsThe Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) calls for the participation of its members in its Seventh Biennial Convention, to take place in place in Konya, Turkey, September 23-27, 2015. Selçuk University will host and help organize the meeting, along with the Directorate of Culture and Tourism in Turkey. The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 15, 2014. Please note that you must be a current ASPS member in order to submit your abstract, otherwise your submission will not be considered. In order to become a new member or renew your ASPS membership please proceed to our membership page. We will likely have a limited number of fellowships available for participants from Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Caucasus.

All humanities and social science disciplines related to Persianate Societies are welcome. We strongly 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. We encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in this unique gathering. Submissions for pre-organized panels and individual papers can be made here.

Rumi tomb

Konya and Persianate Civilization

For almost a millenium, Konya (ancient Ikónion), as well as the larger region of Anatolia, have boasted strong currents of Persianate culture, some of which are world-famous. The capital of the Anatolian Seljuqs, home to Moulana Rumi and other luminaries such as Fakhrod-din ‘Araqi, Ibn ʿArabi, Sadrod-din Qunawi, and even allegedly the famous literary character Nasrod-din Hoja, Konya also boasts some of the finest specimens of medieval Islamicate architecture, including the Ala’od-din Mosque, the İnce Minareli Madrese, the Karatay Madrese, and many others. Konya’s rich manuscript collections, some of which were put together by the local literati well versed in Persian literature in the early twentieth century, also testify to the vibrancy of Persianate civilization in the city.

Past Conventions

Past conventions of the ASPS have been held in Dushanbe/Tajikistan (2002); Yerevan/Armenia (2004); Tbilisi/Georgia (2007); Lahore/ Pakistan (2009), Hyderabad/India (2012) and finally, Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013). 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, the Journal of Persianate Societies, published by Brill Academic Publishers.

About the ASPS

The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies is a non-governmental, non-political, not-for-profit professional organization for researchers and scholars interested in the culture and civilization of the Persian-speaking societies and related areas in the Iranian civilizational area.

It publishes the Journal of Persianate Studies, a collection of scholarly articles, book reviews and conference reports, and the semi-annual ASPS Newsletter. The Association’s biennial conference has been held in India, Pakistan, Georgia and Armenia since its inauguration in Tajikistan in 2002. Eight regional branches give the ASPS an international presence.


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