MOHA Presentation I

Presentation I: Bilingualisms, Regimes of Im/mobility, and Identity in the Oral Histories of Iranian Americans in Michigan

Abstract:  A noticeable feature of some interviews of Iranian Americans for the Michigan Iranian American Oral History Project is that the conversation can shift not just between Persian and English, but between versions of both languages.  These shifts often conjure a cultural space that is neither Iranian, nor American nor statically “liminal.” Rather, it seems to signal an assertion of agency to travel freely between these identities and the imagined and real boundaries that separate them.

Q&A Session

Moderated by Anna Muller, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan-Dearborn.