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RAI Research Seminar and Book Launch: Pardis Mahdavi
Friday 25 February 2022, 03:00pm - 05:00pm
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RAI RESEARCH SEMINAR AND BOOK LAUNCH

A VIRTUAL SEMINAR BY THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

Friday 25 February 2022,  3.00pm-5.00pm (GMT)

This webinar will be held on Zoom, to register go here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIocu6uqTstHtca8DbC5S4RrS5sVvkeXJu8 

 

Hyphen


Dr Pardis Mahdavi 
(Dean of Social Sciences at Arizona State University)

and Dr David Shankland (Royal Anthropological Institute) as chair

 

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate has been a central point of controversy since before the imprinting of the first Gutenberg Bible. And yet, the hyphen has persisted, bringing and bridging new words and concepts.

Hyphen follows the story of the hyphen from antiquity-"Hyphen” is derived from an ancient Greek word meaning “to tie together” -to the present, but also uncovers the politics of the hyphen and the role it plays in creating identities. The journey of this humble piece of connective punctuation reveals the quiet power of an orthographic concept to speak to the travails of hyphenated individuals all over the world. Hyphen is ultimately a compelling story about the powerful ways that language and identity intertwine.

Mahdavi-herself a hyphenated Iranian-American-weaves in her own experiences struggling to find a sense of self amidst feelings of betwixt and between. Through stories of the author and three other individuals, Hyphen collectively considers how to navigate, articulate, and empower new identities.

 

Bio

Pardis Mahdavi is the dean of the social sciences division in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, and a professor in ASU’s School of Social Transformation. Mahdavi's approach to higher education has been informed by her personal journey as an Iranian-American woman growing up in the U.S., as well as her training as an anthropologist where she learned to be reflexive about complex power dynamics. She has focused her academic career on diversity, inclusion, human trafficking, migration, sexuality, human rights, feminism and public health.
https://www.pardismahdavi.com/ 

 


The book is published by Bloomsbury and can be purchased here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hyphen-9781501373916/ 

 

 

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