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Amir Hassanpour

Amir Hassanpour was until his retirement Associate Professor in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. His areas of specialization are communication theory, Middle Eastern cultures and history, and media studies. His research deals with the history of mechanized communication in Eastern and Western cultures. In a number of contributions to the Encyclopedia of Te levision (including the article “Language and Television”), he emphasized the complex interaction between the “orality” of the medium and writing. His Nationalism and Language in Kurdistan, 1918-1985 (1992) examines the role of printing, education and print and broadcast media in the standardization of the Kurdish language. Some of his published works deal with media and nationalism, Kurdish satellite television, concentration of media ownership in Canada, new communication technologies and diasporic life, and language rights and conflicts. His current research includes a study of The Oral and Written Traditions of Kurdistan to be published by Curzon Press.

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