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Fereydoun Safizadeh - The Dynamics of Ethnic Identity in Iranian Azerbaijan

Fall 2013 - Volume V, Issue 1

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Fereydoun Safizadeh

Fereydoun Safizadeh teaches socio-cultural anthropology at Boston University. He received his PhD (1986) in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He has thought anthropology at Harvard, UCLA, San Francisco State University, Amherst College and Boston College. His areas of interest include peasant economy and politics, kinship and family, identity and ethnicity, and visual ethnography. His publications include Peasant Protest and Resistance in Rural Azerbaijan, Iran (1990), Children of the Revolution: Transnational Identity among Young Iranians in Northern California (1996), On Dilemmas of Identity in the Post-Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan (1998).

He has on-going research on the dynamics of social, economic, political and cultural relationships among landowning, commercial, bureaucratic and clerical families in late 19th and 20th century in Tabriz, Iran, Turko-Persian relations, and religious ritual in ethnic identity in northwest Iran. He has co-produced the anthropological documentary The Shahsavan Nomads of Iran (1985) on the seasonal migration of the Shahsavan pastoral nomads in northwest Iran, and The Village of Liqvan portraying subsistence wheat and commercial dairy production in an high altitude village in the Sahand Abad region outside of Iranian Azerbaijan.

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Arlene Dallalfar, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations Program, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences Division

Joshua Baldwin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Socia Work, Social Sciences Division, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Katherine Barone, Ph.D. Division Director, Psychology and Applied Therapies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Meenakshi Chhabra, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, International Higher Education and Intercultrual Relations, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D. Professor of Education, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Roser Gine, Ed.D. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Education


Amy Gooden, Ed.D. Assistant Professor of TESOL and Bilingual Education, Graduate School of Education


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Kazuyo Kubo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology and Child Studies, Social Science Division, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Solange de Azambuja Lira, Ph.D. Professor Emeritas, TESOL and Bilingual Education Division of Language and Literacy Graduate School of Education

Kelvin Ramirez, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Art Therapy, Division of Expressive Therapies, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

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