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To build bridges across Iranian Studies programs, Princeton University’s Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf StudiesNew York University’s Iranian Studies Initiative (ISI) and Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center announce the Iran Graduate Student Workshop (IGSW). The workshop will provide a valuable venue for academic exchange and production, giving distinguished young scholars of the field an unrivaled opportunity to present and promote their research. On April 29-30, 2016, Princeton University will host the first meeting of this joint workshop, to be followed by similar gatherings at the other campuses every two years.

The first workshop cohort will consist of PhD students that are near ABD status and preparing their dissertation proposals (i.e., typically in their 2nd or 3rd year of graduate work). This cohort will participate again, as discussants, in the second workshop, to be held in 2018, i.e. towards the end of their graduate work. Applicants must focus on modern Iran, other countries of the Persianate world, or diasporas, or conduct relational histories and comparative work, and will be drawn from disciplines and programs in the humanities and social sciences.

IGSW Purpose:
• To provide graduate students with intellectual feedback on their research, encompassing both area studies and disciplinary critiques.
• To ensure that graduate students of Iran are aware of, and make their work accessible to, scholars from other parts of their area (i.e., the Middle East broadly defined) as well as from their own discipline.
• To use the above points to encourage that graduating scholars who focus on modern Iran will continue to be placed, if not more frequently placed, in both area studies and disciplinary departments.
• To help doctoral students improve skills in scholarship and teaching.