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Hosna Sheikholeslami’s interests lie at the intersection of the anthropology of knowledge and intellectuals, media, and the study of critical thinking, especially critical rationalism and public reasoning. Her in-progress dissertation, based on two years of fieldwork in Tehran, Iran, looks at how and why social scientific and philosophical ideas travel across cultures. Her ethnographic project explores the role of publishers and translators in the promotion of selected theories and thinkers in Iran; she investigates the processes of selection, translation, publication, dissemination, and acceptance of introduced texts. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and is working towards a Graduate Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies. Her doctoral research was supported by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) as well as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.
Review for film, “Veiled Voices,” The Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies (7:2), 2011