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Call for Papers

Persianate World: A Conceptual Inquiry
May 9-11, 2014

The Program in Iranian Studies at Yale is organizing a workshop in May 2014 to explore the dimensions of Persianate Studies as an academic field. The workshop asks whether the term “Persianate” works as a conceptual framework beyond language and literature to such areas as habitat, economy and trade routes, and political and material cultures. Are there tangible historical ties in the pre-modern and early modern eras among such diverse regions as Anatolia, the Iranian plateau and the greater Khorasan region, the Caucasus, the southern rim of Central Asia, Western Xingjian, and the Indian subcontinent? Can these ties create a viable field of study beyond Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and East Asian studies to underscore subtle interregional connectionsand longue durĂ©e commonalities? What circumstances, on the other hand, reoriented these regions and helped break up the Persianate oecumene in modern times?

Papers may explore novel conceptual and theoretical approaches as well as case studies with broader historical implications. Please send proposals (synopsis and a resume) by October 15th via email to Ms. Lora LeMosy (, Council on Middle East Studies, MacMillan Center, Yale University.