IIS contributors photographed at the conference
The Institute’s panel, “Esoteric Traditions in Iranian Islam” attracted a diverse audience and was followed by a lively discussion. In addition, the IIS hosted the main conference reception, taking the opportunity to outline its activities, programmes and publications to the Iranian Studies academic community.
The Society of Iranian Studies (SIS) was founded in 1967 to encourage and promote the international study of Iranian culture and society, including its history, language, literature and arts. In addition to publishing the Iranian Studies journal, the Society convenes the biennial “Conference on Iranian Studies” as well as organises special sessions at the annual Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA) meetings. It also awards the annual Saidi-Sirjani Memorial Book Award. At present, the offices of the secretariat and journal are housed at the Hagop Kevorkian Center at New York University.