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CONF./CFP - ASPS Convention in Lahore on Persianate Societies, 2/27-3/1, 2009

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CONF./CFP - ASPS Convention in Lahore on Persianate Societies, 2/27-3/1, 2009

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ASPS Biennial Convention in Lahore, Pakistan
Call for Papers: Deadline: September 30, 2008

We are pleased to announce the ASPS Fourth Biennial Convention, which
will take place from February 27-March 1, 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan.
Local excursions on March 2, 2009 will be optional.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 30, 1998.

All humanities and social science disciplines related to Persianate
Societies are welcome. We encourage pre-organized panels, but
individual papers are also welcome. 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 of five
panelists. Panels must be limited to a minimum of three panelists and
a maximum of five. Panels and individual abstracts must contain a
clearly stated thesis. Please send abstracts in a Word document by email

Dr. Shahzad Bashir (

In addition, proposals from Iran should be sent to:

Dr. Habib Borjian (

Lahore is the cultural center of Pakistan and the Mughal ruler
Jahangir's capital in the 17th century. The city boasts some of the
wonders of Islamic architecture, including Shahi Qila (the Lahore
Fort), Badshahi Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, and the buildings of the
old, walled city. Not far away from Lahore is the prehistoric site of
Harappa, a city part of the Indus Valley Civilization that represents
the Indian parallel to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.

We look forward to an exciting fourth convention. Our first biennial
convention took place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in September 2002, with
the cooperation of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of
Tajikistan, the Rudaki Institute of Language and Literature, and the
National Commission of UNESCO, Tajikistan. This very successful and
well publicized four-day scholarly meeting brought together over 80
scholars from thirteen countries to present papers and to discuss a
variety of themes on pre-Islamic and Islamic Persianate culture. Our
second biennial convention on Iranian Studies, "Society, History and
Culture in the Persianate World," was held in Yerevan, Armenia in
2004, and brought together 90 scholars from 18 countries. Our third
conference was held in Tblisi, Georgia in June 2007 at the lv.
Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and the Tsereteli Institute of
Oriental Studi! es, where scholars from 13 countries presented their
papers. During the conference period, ASPS opened its new branch
office at the Institute of Oriental Studies.

The conferences have provided a rare and valued opportunity for
scholars from West, Central and South Asia, Europe and North America
to participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue. The interchange of
ideas has also found its place in our publication, Journal of
Persianate Societies, which has recently moved to Brill Academic

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