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Old 04.12.2007, 07:08   #1
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Default International Conference: "Iran and the Caucasus: Unity and Diversity"

ARYA International University (Yerevan) and the Caucasian Centre for Iranian Studies (Yerevan), in collaboration with the Armenian Association for Academic Partnership and Support, are organising an international conference entitled "Iran and the Caucasus: Unity and Diversity" on the problems of Irano-Caucasica.

The Seminar will be held in June 06-08, 2008.
Venue: ARYA International University, Yerevan, Armenia.

Once being a part of Eranshahr, the Caucasus with its ethnical, linguistic and cultural diversity and uniqueness still preserves the elements of the Iranian cultural heritage. The Irano-Caucasian geographical domain covers contemporary Iran, Iraq, Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Northern Caucasus, Eastern Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afganistan and those of the Central Asian countries, which have experienced the strong cultural and political influence of Iran.

The conference will address and seek to answer mainly to the following questions: What were the main principles of cultural unity and diversity in this huge area? How and in what capacity the cultural interactions were taking place? How were the literary motifs in the region reflecting on each other? What is the cultural future of the region? What are the modes of peaceful coexistence of different civilizations and cultures?

Scholars and postgraduate students are invited to submit papers and panel proposals relating to all aspects of humanities and social sciences on Irano-Caucasica, including:


Peoples and their Identities, Ethnic and National Diversity: Minorities and their Rights
Historical Issues of the Region: History of the Iranian and Caucasian Peoples (Ancient, Medieval and Modern)
Literatures and Languages of the Region, Folklore, Textology
Armenia as a Bridge between Iran and the Caucasus
Economic and Political Problems and Challenges of the Region, Geopolitics of the Irano-Caucasica: Interdisciplinary Approach
History of Religion: Religions of the region, Christianity, Islam, Ethno-Confessional Groups (the Yezidies, Alavies, Russian Sectarians, etc.)
Archaeology, Anthropology, and Sociology
Caspian Region: Past, Present, Future
The Cultural and Political Future of the Region

Abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) are to be emailed by March 15, 2008 to: [email protected]

A brief CV, including contact details is to be included in the message.
A notification about acceptance of the papers will be sent due to April 15, 2008.

Pre-organised panels should be thematically coherent and should include title, abstracts, details of panel chair and participants.
The scheduled time for each paper will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.

The working language of the Conference is English.

The conference papers are planned to be published in a separate volume.
For the scholars coming from the region there will be limited funding to cover some expenses.

The next circular will be prepared right after the deadline for the abstracts, and will contain details on programme, registration fee, accommodation in Yerevan, the Armenian visa, etc.

For further information on the conference please visit Armenian Association for Academic Partnership and Support.
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