CALL FOR PAPERS:The Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference

28 March 2011

The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS)

1-5 August 2012
Istanbul, Turkey
In partnership with Iran Heritage Foundation and the co-sponsorship of American Institute for Iranian Studies and the Foundation for Iranian Studies
Conference Chair: Touraj Atabaki, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Leiden University
Program Chair: Mansour Bonakdarian, Brooklyn College
The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) invites proposals for the Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference in all subfields of Iranian studies. ISIS particularly encourages works that are devoted to areas of transnational inquiry and which probe new scholarly approaches to Iranian Studies. ISIS also welcomes submissions on all aspects of the Turko-Iranian history and culture. The primary language of the conference will be English, and scholars are strongly encouraged to use that language, but proposals for papers in Persian will be considered as well.
The submission deadline for proposals is 20 April 2011. Paper proposals must be limited to 300 words and must present succinct scholarly outlines of the central themes and main arguments of the presentations. Prearranged panels are strongly encouraged. Ordinarily four papers are presented at each panel. Scholars wishing to submit a proposal for a pre-arranged panel should complete the panel registration form. The completed paper and panel proposal forms must be posted electronically at the ISIS website. The forms for both paper and panel proposals can be accessed on the ISIS website (for instructions on how to submit, please visit here).
Membership and preregistration are a required component of the proposal process. All conference presenters must be members of ISIS and preregister for the conference. To become a member of ISIS please click here.
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Loss of Memory in Pahlavi Prisons

In total, [I was in prison] about 6 years in two arrests. For the first time after several years, a soldier arranged my escape. I do not know why! Maybe he was one of the influential elements of Islamic groups. They took me to the hospital for the treatment of my hand, which was broken due to the callousness of an officer.

Hajj Pilgrimage

I went on a Hajj pilgrimage in the early 1340s (1960s). At that time, few people from the army, gendarmerie and police went on a pilgrimage to the holy Mashhad and holy shrines in Iraq. It happened very rarely. After all, there were faithful people in the Iranian army who were committed to obeying the Islamic halal and haram rules in any situation, and they used to pray.

A section of the memories of a freed Iranian prisoner; Mohsen Bakhshi

Programs of New Year Holidays
Without blooming, without flowers, without greenery and without a table for Haft-sin , another spring has been arrived. Spring came to the camp without bringing freshness and the first days of New Year began in this camp. We were unaware of the plans that old friends had in this camp when Eid (New Year) came.

Attack on Halabcheh narrated

With wet saliva, we are having the lunch which that loving Isfahani man gave us from the back of his van when he said goodbye in the city entrance. Adaspolo [lentils with rice] with yoghurt! We were just started having it when the plane dives, we go down and shelter behind the runnel, and a few moments later, when the plane raises up, we also raise our heads, and while eating, we see the high sides ...