Iran and the West

Call for Papers for a conference at the University of Warwick:

Iran and the West: Converging Perspectives

1-3 July 2015

Introductory speaker – Dr James Hodkinson, the University of Warwick
Keynote speaker – Prof Ali Ansari, the University of St Andrews

We cordially invite scholars from diverse fields to contribute towards a wide-ranging interdisciplinary conference which aims to further our understanding of Iranian perceptions of the West and Westerners and Western perceptions of Iran and Iranians, from c. 500 BC until the present day. The aim of this conference is to improve our understanding of Iranian and Western cultural perceptions of the other’s culture, people, and politics, both from popular and elite viewpoints, and the points of convergence and divergence between them.

We welcome papers addressing this issue from a historical, literary, sociological, art historical or film studies perspective. Papers which only address Iranian perceptions of Westerners and the West, or which only address Western perceptions of Iran and Iranians are perfectly admissible.

For any further clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Margaux Whiskin by sending her an email at

Our intention is to later publish articles based upon the papers presented as part of an edited volume. Please indicate as part of your submission whether this is something you wish to pursue. At this stage, we cannot guarantee whether publication will be possible, and will keep those who wish to publish their articles informed of developments in this area.


We aim for this conference to draw speakers from late stage PhD students, early career researchers, and established academics. Applications from research students earlier in their PhD programme will also be considered.

Please submit paper titles along with abstracts of no more than 300 words to by Saturday 28 February 2015. Papers are to be delivered in English.

A decision on which papers are to be accepted will be made by Friday 17 April 2015.

This event is funded by the Humanities Research Centre