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Call for Papers – Ninth Biennial Convention of the ASPS in Yerevan, Armenia – May 30-June 3, 2023

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The Ninth Biennial Convention of the

Association for the Study of Persianate Societies 

ASPS/Yerevan 2023

May 30-June 3, 2023

Yerevan, Armenia


The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) calls for the participation of its members in its Ninth Biennial Convention, to take place in Yerevan, Armenia, May 30-June 3, 2023. Our meeting will be hosted by the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University.

The Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is September 30, 2022.

Please note that you must be a current (2022) ASPS member in order to submit your abstract. Otherwise your submission will not be considered. You must be a 2023 member to register and participate in the conference. 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 Afghanistan and Central Asia, and for graduate students from the US. Details TBA.

All humanities and social science disciplines related to Persianate Societies are welcome. Pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged. 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.

Submissions for pre-organized panels and individual papers can be made by clicking here.

For those of you who were registered for the cancelled 2020 convention in Delhi, your registration has been automatically switched to the 2023 convention in Yerevan. You will also have the opportunity to present your previously submitted paper or submit a new proposal as part of the general CFP. If you are submitting a previously approved abstract from the cancelled Delhi convention, please indicate this in your new abstract submission.

We are very excited about the forthcoming Ninth Biennial Congress of the Association in Yerevan. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Yerevan has connections to the Persianate world stretching back to antiquity and to the ASPS going back to 2004 when the city hosted our Second Biennial Congress. Yerevan’s rich history and cultural heritage offers many opportunities for visitors and provides a wonderful setting for our congress.

We look forward to an exciting ninth convention in Yerevan. Past conventions of ASPS have been held in Dushanbe/Tajikistan (2002); Yerevan/Armenia (2004); Tbilisi/Georgia (2007), Lahore/ Pakistan (2009), Hyderabad/India (2012); Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013); Istanbul (2015), and Tblisi/Georgia (2018). We invite you to review our past programs. The ASPS Congresses have provided a rare and valued opportunity for scholars from across 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. We encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in this unique gathering.

For questions, please contact the Chair of the Convention and ASPS Secretary, Rob Haug at