Mariam Durrani

I am a joint doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and Department of Anthropology.  My current research focuses on language mixing practices among urban Pakistani and American university-aged youth to understand their hybridized register(s). I am also interested in the communicative practices of Urdu-Hindi speaking high
school students. My work explores the construction of diaspora and racialized identities through the language mixing practices of transnational youth. I am interested in how the form, through the filmic, can help further our understanding of syncretic communicative practices.

Research Interests:

Transnationalism, semiotics, register formations, notions of diaspora, language education in Pakistan, anthropology of youth, language ideology, ethnographic film, South Asian heritage, postcoloniality, racialized construction of brown identities.



Durrani, Mariam. (2012) “Banishing Colonial Specters: Language Ideology and Education Policy in Pakistan.” Working Papers in Educational Linguistics. 27, 1.

*Book Reviews:*

Durrani, Mariam. (2012). Review of Multilingualism, Citizenship, and Identity. Julie Byrd Clark. Anthropology and Education Quarterly (forthcoming).

Durrani, Mariam. (2011) Review of Social Justice through Multilingual Education. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Robert Phillipson, Ajit K. Mohanty and Minati Panda (eds). Language Policy 10, 3.

*Selected refereed conference papers:*

“Karna chahiye: Exploring the Diaspora through a Study of Language Mixing Practices.” Paper Presentation at the  American Anthropological Association Meeting (2011).

“Being Desi: Circulating Emblems of Identity for South Asian Diasporic Students in an American Public School.” Paper presentation at the Georgetown Roundtable for Language and Linguistics (2011).