Symposia Iranica is Iranian studies’ leading forum for early career scholars. A dedicated, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed platform open to emerging scholars working on any aspect of Iranian or Persian Studies established in 2012, its two previous conferences were hosted by the University of St Andrews at St Mary’s College in 2013 and the University of Cambridge at Downing College in 2015.


Proposals that engage with any aspect of Iranian studies within the arts, humanities, and social sciences are welcomed. These include but are not limited to prehistory through to contemporary history; historiography; art and architecture history; anthropology; archaeology; cultural heritage; film studies; music; new media and communication studies; the performing arts; poetry and literature; languages and linguistics; Diaspora studies; international relations and political science; social and political theory; law and legal studies; economics; sociology; philosophy; religions and theology. Comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches are also very welcome.


Proposals are open to postgraduate students and early career post-doctoral researchers from any disciplinary background:

  1. Postgraduate students (MA, MPhil, MSt, etc. who are currently enrolled or graduated in 2016);
  2. PhD students/candidates at any stage of their degree; and
  3. post-docs subject to graduation within the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

Persons falling into any of these categories are eligible to submit proposals for an individual paper or pre-arranged panel. PDF forms are downloadable from the website.  The language of the conference is English. All submissions will undergo double-blind peer review.

The full call for papers can be found on   Regular updates will be posted to Facebook at   And a virtual preview of the programme is at

The call for papers closes 2 December 2016.


Symposia Iranica gratefully acknowledges the continued support of principal sponsors the British Institute of Persian Studies and the Soudavar Memorial Foundation, and of Pembroke College, Cambridge, the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies at the University of Cambridge, and The Islamic Manuscript Association.