Historical Research Workshop

Introduction: Kamyar Jarahzadeh

Hello Research Companions! My name is Kamyar Jarahzadeh and I am a fourth year Interdisciplinary Studies Major. Basically, that means I got to “make” my own major, which ended up being something known as “Migration Studies.” Essentially, I took any and all classes I could related to migration, be they in the Anthropology, Legal Studies, or Sociology department. Somehow, I find my heart in the Anthropological discipline, but I always do my best to remain “interdisciplinary,” (whatever that means). My senior thesis is ongoing, and will hopefully be completed at the end of the Spring 2014 semester. My topic is regarding the experiences of Afghan refugees living in Turkey, a subject I have studied extensively for over a year and have supplemented my knowledge of with two stints of ethnographic field work in Turkey. For this class, however, I would like to both find more sources for my thesis topic, but also look into some of the history of the students of this university, and specifically, the history of its Farsi-speaking students from Iran or Afghanistan. It would be interesting to see if I can trace the steps of my own “forefathers” through archival sources.

1 comment for “Introduction: Kamyar Jarahzadeh

  1. Pedro Hernandez
    September 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Right on. Then would it be fair to say that you’re familiar with the anthropology library and research archives? That might be key place to begin. Also, do you aim to include an “interdisciplinary” approach to your research as well? Throughout the length of this class I’m sure you will be able to find some solid sources and if anything lay a solid frame for your project one it matures and morphs with your frustrations and discoveries. And being that I study mostly Mexican immigration I look forward to seeing your progress through this semester.
    Good luck!
    -Pedro

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