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Call for Papers – Tenth Biennial Convention of the ASPS in Tashkent, Uzbekistan – August 12-16, 2025

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The Tenth Biennial Convention of the

Association for the Study of Persianate Societies 

ASPS/Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies

August 12-16, 2025

Tashkent, Uzbekistan


The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) is pleased to announce its Tenth Biennial Convention, to take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, August 12-16, 2025. Our meeting will be hosted by Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies.

The Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is October 31, 2024.

Please note that those wishing to submit an abstract must be a current (2024) ASPS member. Otherwise your submission will not be considered. You must be a 2025 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. Further details regarding application procedures for travel fellowships will be announced later.

Submissions in 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.


We are very excited about the forthcoming Tenth Biennial Congress of the Association in Tashkent. Founded almost 2500 years ago, Tashkent sat on the frontiers between the Persianate and Turkic worlds and was an important point of contact and exchange between the two since antiquity. Today it is the most populous city in Central Asia and the fourth largest in the former Soviet Union. Tashkent’s history and cultural heritage offers many opportunities for visitors, as does its location as the gateway to destinations across Uzbekistan and Central Asia. We are excited to welcome congress participants to Uzbekistan for the first time in the ASPS’s history.


We look forward to an engaging tenth convention in Tashkent. 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/Turkey (2015), Tbilisi/Georgia (2018), and Yerevan/Armenia (2023). 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 scholars from all backgrounds to take the opportunity to participate in what promises to be a unique gathering.

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