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Call for applicants: UK-Iran Researcher Links Workshop

Call for applicants: UK-Iran Researcher Links Workshop  Mat Wright

Mat Wright

This October the British Institute of Persian Studies, the British Council and the British Academy will jointly host a Researcher Links workshop for participants from the UK and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The workshop, entitled Cities: Past and Future, will be held at the University of Edinburgh. The organising committee is inviting applications for participation from interested scholars based at higher education and research institutions in the UK and Iran.

This event seeks to bring together 20-25 early career scholars and experienced researchers from the UK and Iran to hold an academic discussion on the themes of heritage, architecture and design, and urban planning and change. The objective of the workshop is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge in both directions and the building of links for future collaboration. The workshop will include also sessions on how to find and apply for research grants, and pursue funding opportunities and research partnerships with scholars overseas. The language of the workshop will be English.

The deadline for applications is 15 July. Please submit an up to date CV, a cover letter and a reference (signed by a senior member of your department) confirming your institutional affiliation and qualifications to 

The cover letter must outline your interest in the workshop, expectations in terms of outcomes and the envisaged topic of your presentation. The selection of participants will be made by a panel comprising members of the organising committee and senior academics from the UK and Iran. Successful applicants will be notified before 31 August.

Presentations (approximately 20 minutes) must focus on one of the main workshop themes and may cover (but need not be limited to) topics such as cultural heritage; urban architecture; migration and demographic change; housing; urban-rural divides; water and resource management. The organisers encourage applications from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. 

In addition to presenting their research, exchanging ideas and exploring options for future research collaboration, workshop participants will also have an opportunity to visit the University of St Andrews on 25 October, to network informally and to attend one or more lectures/panel discussions to be organised in the margins of the workshop.

Visa, travel (economy class) and accommodation costs will be covered for all participants. Hotel and meal arrangements will be made by the organisers. Should you have any questions concerning the workshop, please do not hesitate to contact Fatemeh Ahmadi