THE RAHIM M. IRVANI DISSERTATION AWARD
The Rahim M. Irvani Dissertation Award is presented biennially to the author of an exceptional PhD dissertation on Persian literature and its cognate fields, written in any language. Established by Zinat Irvani in memory of her philanthropist husband, in addition to a cash prize, this award also includes the option of a contract for the publication of the revised and peer-reviewed manuscript by I.B. Tauris. AIS is now calling for nominations for dissertations completed between Winter 2014-Fall 2015. The third Rahim Irvani Award will be presented at the Opening Reception of the Eleventh AIS Biennial Conference August 2016 in Vienna, Austria. Nominators should be the thesis supervisor or a member of the thesis committee. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2015
The Rahim Irvani Dissertation Award (2016) was presented to Kevin Lewis Schwartz for his dissertation Bâzgasht-i Adabî (Literary Return) and Persianate Literary Culture in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Iran, India, and Afghanistan. Submitted to the University of California, Berkeley. Department of Near Eastern Studies, 2014.
THE MASHAYEKHI DISSERTATION AWARD
The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award is presented biannually to the author of an exceptional Ph.D. dissertation dealing with the broad themes of politics and the public sphere in Iran, written in Persian or English. Dissertations written in other languages are accepted, if they are accompanied with condensed translation of chapters into English or Persian. This award is established by the Mehrdad Mashayekhi Foundation in memory of his dedication to the cause of democracy and social justice in Iran. AIS is now calling for nominations for dissertations completed in Winter 2014-Fall 2015. The second Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award will be presented at the Opening Reception of the Eleventh AIS Biennial Conference August 2016 in Vienna, Austria. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2015.
The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award (2016) was presented to Pouya Alimagham for his dissertation “Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprising.” Submitted to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2015.