Mariam Durrani is a teacher, writer, and ethnographer. She is
currently receiving her phD in both Anthropology and Educational
Linguistics at UPenn. Her current research focuses on the
“transnational ensembles” forged by Muslim university students in Lahore
and New York; ensembles that are facilitated by migration (rural to
urban and transnational) and manifest in shared linguistic mixing
practices and bodily comportments. Her study reveals how global
capitalism, marked by the world-class university, influences her
students’ educational aspirations while simultaneously re-fashioning how
they make sense of their religious, gender, and ethnic identities.
Mariam takes her teaching just as seriously as her research, having
taught at UPenn, Hunter College in New York, and Lahore University of
Management Science in Lahore, Pakistan. These diverse teaching
experiences have made her especially sensitive to the differential
instruction that her students may need and she has a special interest in
the science of teaching writing within the university context,
especially for students who come from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Finally, Mariam continues to experiment with the form her research and
teaching might take, developing filmic methods – what she calls
‘filmlets’ – to teach complex concepts to her students. She has also
made two collaborative films with the Rastafarian community in South
Africa and is a member of camra (www.camrapenn.org), a UPenn-based collective dedicated to multimodal research.
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.
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).