Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS)
Founded in 1996. Annual dues: $200 institutional; $80 regular; $40 student. ASPS is a nongovernmental, nonpolitical, and nonprofit professional organization for researchers, scholars, academics, and all other persons interested in the areas based on the Persian language, with special regard for scholars in Iran, South Asia, and Central Asia. The main objectives are: to promote research in the social sciences and humanities; to create, develop and encourage scientific, cultural and educational exchange and communication; and to enhance public culture and mutual understanding within the region. Publishes an annual journal, Studies on Persianate Societies, holds a biennial convention, and offers two grants; 1-ASPS/MANNU Visiting Scholar Fellowship and 2-CERF to support original research leading to the publication of a book or monograph concerning Persianate culture by individual scholars from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Northwest China. ASPS has regional offices in Vienna, Dushanbe, Islamabad, Lahore, New Delhi, Patna, Sarajevo, Shiraz, Tashkent, Tehran and Yerevan. President: Sunil Sharma. Membership information and form are on the website.