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9th Biennial Conference of Iranian Studies: Jul 31st to August 5th in Istanbul, Turkey


31st July - 5 August 2012 - The Conrad Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

A biennial conference that includes contributions in all fields of Iranian studies, especially new areas of investigation and novel approaches to traditional fields.

Organised by

Additional support by

Conference Chair

Touraj Atabaki, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies

Programme Chair

Mansour Bonakdarian, Independent Scholar, US

Conference Committee

Ali M. Ansari, Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, Touraj Daryaee, Layla Diba, Ali Gheissari, Masashi Haneda, Renata Holod, Bernard Hourcade, Michelle Langford, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Homa Katouzian, Shahram Khosravi, Charles Melville, Nima Naghibi, Claus Valling Pedersen, Parvaneh Pourshariati, Monica M. Ringer, Markus Ritter, Keiko Sakurai, Marta Simidchieva, Maria Szuppe, Peyman Vahabzadeh, Yidan Wang, Ludmila Yaneva, Fariba Zarinebaf

IHF Programme Director for the conference

Sussan Babaie, Institute for Art History, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich

IHF Office Management and Supervision

Aylin Asral, Nahid Assemi, Ferit Ferhangil, Nasser Manesh and Armin Yavari


This conference includes contributions in all fields of Iranian studies, especially new areas of investigation and novel approaches to traditional fields. Between 500-600 scholars and academics from around the world will attend this largest conference of Iranian studies. More than 450 presentations in 130 panels will cover a wide range of issues. Panel topics include: Achaemenid Era, Agrarian Transition, Ancient Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, Christian/Safavid Relations, Cinema, Clergy, Culture and Cultural Policies, Demography, Diaspora, Economic Growth and Development, Education, East-West/Persian Relations, Foreign Perceptions, Gender, Geography, Historiography, History from Below, Intellectual Life, Internet, Languages, Literature (classic, contemporary, mystic, epic), Ottoman/Persian Relations, Pahlavi Era, Politics and Political Culture, Post-Revolutionary Literature, Public Opinion, Qajar Era, Reconstruction, Regional Issues, Religion, Russian/Persian Relations, Safavid Era, Seljuq Era, Sasanian Era, Science and Technology (ancient and modern), Secularism, Urban Change, Zoroastrianism.

For programme details, please click here. Please note the programme is subject to last minute changes. Programme page will be updated as and when necessary.


The primary language of the conference is English. A limited number of presentations will be made in Persian.

IHF Patrons Programme

A comprehensive programme of activities in and around Istanbul has been organized for IHF Patrons, including a dinner cruise on the Bosporus, private tour of the Sabanci Museum and the Borusan Contemporary Art Museum. For more information please

Book exhibition

A book exhibition has been organised in conjunction with the conference, at which publishers from Iran, Europe and North America will present their latest publications of Iranian interest.

Graphic Art Exhibition

A graphic art exhibition has been organised in conjunction with the conference, showcasing the work of a new generation of young graphic artists.

Registration fee

Pre-registration is open to ISIS members only. If you are an ISIS member and you have an ISIS user account, please log in with your account and click here to pre-register for the conference.

If you wish to register on-site, the following are the on-site registrations fees:

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Armin Yavari - 9th Biennial Conference
The Iran Heritage Foundation, 5 Stanhope Gate, London W1K 1AH
Tel: +44 20 7493 4766
Fax: +44 844 871 2210

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