Conference Information

UPDATED April 7, 2014

A draft schedule of the 2014 Biennial academic program August 7th-August 9th inclusive is now posted on the home page of the website

This is not yet a final draft.

The alphabetical LIST OF PARTICIPANTS in the ACADEMIC PROGRAM OF THE ISIS CONFERENCE IN MONTREAL is posted on the ISIS website's home page: 

Participants are asked to check their personal details and to advise us of necessary changes: or This is a preliminary listing and does not include special sessions and cultural events' participants. PLEASE CONTINUE TO CONSULT THIS PAGE FOR UPDATES LEADING UP TO THE  CONFERENCE.

The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS)

The Tenth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference
Montréal, Québec, Canada, Hilton Bonaventure Hotel
Wednesday August 6, 2014- Sunday August 10, 2014

Registration begins Aug. 6th, 2 pm---8 pm; the conference ends with an event the evening of Aug. 9th. Special rates at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel for members of ISIS apply until July 6th

With over 25,000 Persian-speaking inhabitants, Montréal is home to one of the most vibrant communities in the global Iranian diaspora. As a centre for higher learning, Montréal is second only to Boston in all of North America, with four internationally-known universities and more than two dozen colleges. Famous for its superb restaurants and endless nightlife, Montréal is one of the world’s most lively and multicultural cities.

The Hilton Bonaventure hotel is an architectural gem reflecting Montréal’s unique identity and forward-looking culture. With a courtyard design occupying two levels above the centre city, its plush, quiet, modern rooms look out onto a lush, one hectare Zen-inspired rooftop garden featuring several small waterfalls and a heated pool. The hotel is connected to Montréal’s celebrated “underground city” and excellent metro system, minutes away by foot from the shops of Ste-Catherine Street, the cultural life of the Place-des-Arts, and the old world charm of Vieux Montréal


LANGUAGAGE OF THE CONFERENCE: The primary language of the conference is English, but papers in Persian will be considered as well.  Usually, the latter are organized in Persian-only panels, which are so listed on our program.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: All proposals must be submitted electronically, through the ISIS website 

MEMBERSHIP: Applicants for the 10th ISIS Conference in Montreal must be current members of ISIS, and must preregister for the conference.  Queries on membership and preregistration matters can be addressed to our Executive Director Prof. Rivanne Sandler at

FORMAT OF PROPOSALS: Independent Paper proposals should include a bio of the presenter, and an abstract of the paper limited to a paragraph of no more than 400 words, outlining the central theme and main argument of the presentation.

Convenors of pre-organized panels should submit a personal bio and a panel proposal outlining the central theme of the panel, and indicating how the individual presentations (mentioned in the order in which they are to appear) relate to that theme. Please note: In order to insure the integrity of the “blind” adjudication, the names of the presenters should not be mentioned in the panel proposal. The format and word count of the panel abstract are as those for independent paper proposals.  Panel members must submit personally their own bios and abstracts, which follow the format of the independent paper proposal, but include also the title of the panel, which the panel convenor should convey to the presenters.  Please note: Only invited panel participants should submit papers to preorganised panels, by selecting from the drop-down menu the title of the panel, which their panel organizer has sent to them. Independent paper proposals are collected separately, and are put together in panels by the organizers of the conference, once the proposal has been accepted into the program.

Ordinarily panels comprise four presentations, but panels with three presenters will also be considered. In the latter case, the organizers may suggest to the panel convenor a fourth member, whose independent proposal is congruent with the topic of the panel.

 The Conference organizers reserve the right to edit bios and abstracts of approved presentations before including them in the Conference Program.

MULTIPLE PROPOSALS: In order to accommodate an optimal number of participants in the limited time, allotted to the conference, each applicant may submit only one paper proposal. Candidates may appear in maximum two events (panels, round tables, workshops) in the capacity of panel organizers, discussants, panel chairs, round-table/workshop participants, or presenters. 

General queries regarding the conference should be addressed to the ISIS office at

Problems with online payment for submissions to the 2014 conference should be directed to the Executive Director.

ISIS Executive Director: Professor Rivanne Sandler