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Shadman Ardalanrad

Research - "Unsatisfied Desires, Unquiet Anxieties: Perceptions of the ‘Desired’ and the ‘Achieved’ among Iranian Immigrants in Germany"

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Doctoral Candidate/ PhD Candidate (Prof. Dr. Anita von Poser)


2021- Present       Doctor of Philosophy, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

Research:       Unsatisfied Desires, Unquiet Anxieties: Perceptions of the ‘Desired’

                         and the ‘Achieved’ among Iranian Immigrants in Germany                                    

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anita von Poser



2017- 2020           Master of Arts, Anthropology, University of Tehran

Thesis:         Anthropological Study of Alterity and Distinction in Sanandaj and its

                     Consequences on Distribution of Power and Capital Accumulation

Supervisor: Dr. Rouhollah Nosrati


2013- 2017           Bachelor of Arts, Social sciences: Anthropology, University of Tehran

2009- 2013           Diploma, Natural Sciences, Shahid Beheshti High School

National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET)



  • Alterity, Inequality, and Social Distinction Studies
  • Transnational Emigration and Diaspora Studies
  • Anthropology of Emotions
  • Globalization and Glocalization
  • Linguistic Anthropology



2017- 2020             Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Tehran

  • Completed a project analyzing the social stratification of /d/ and /g/ in Sanandaj
  • Completed a semiotic-anthropological study about Interior Design of Offices in the US
  • Researched and wrote a term paper on the subject of family and globalization
  • Researched and wrote a term paper on the subject of STS (Science, Technology, and Society) Studies

Research Title: Unsatisfied Desires, Unquiet Anxieties: Perceptions of the ‘Desired’ and the ‘Achieved’ among Iranian Immigrants in Germany

Short Description:

For Iranians, in particular those who live in Iran, immigration has become a pervasive aspiration. The government, media, and policies in Iran have a pathological view of this issue and therefore try to present a failed image of immigration and immigrants in their propagation systems—an image of remorseful immigrants who have moved abroad with ambitious aspirations but have not achieved any of them and have been rejected and discriminated against (A perspective that is much rejected by people under the shadow of alternative media and social networks). Academic studies in this area, to a great extent, have taken a similar approach—they have focused their attention on the failure or success of immigrants in being accepted by and integrated into the settlement country. In this way, they root out the problems of immigrants in the gap between what the place of settlement gives its members (or at least a specific portion of them) but does not give immigrants. Be that as it may, what I believe has been neglected is the confrontation of the desirable (what they want to emigrate for) in the subjectivities of Iranians (before immigration) and that as a practical reality. In other words, if we accept that people migrate for a set of desires, one can ask a question other than their success or failure in achieving these desires, and that question is whether these desires are equal in image and reality and if people take a similar approach to their desires once they are achieved. My Ph.D. research, will investigate the experiences of Iranian immigrants in Germany while paying particular attention to immigrants’ emotions and evolving affective experiences with cultural practices/dilemmas rising from the negotiations between the imagination of their desires and their actual encounter with those desires. I aim to understand how the imaginary/narrative life of immigration in the place of departure interfaces with the experiences of immigrants who have moved. I would also ask how these negotiations affect/ are affected by various role players, such as gender, age, ethnicity, social status, residential status, and language proficiency. I will take this subject as an entry point to Immigrants’ subjective/intersubjective worlds and the factors those worlds are informed by—a nexus of culturalization/socialization structures, media, educational systems, transnational bonds, nostalgia and relationships, and also the power relations and hierarchies among them.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Nosrati, R., Ardalanrad, S. (2019). Anthropological Study of the Way of

Representing Alterity and Social Distinction in Sanandaj. Iranian Journal of Anthropology Research, 9(1), 7-30. DOI: 10.22059/ijar.2019.73044

Online Publications

2020. “Transnational Migration, Introducing the views of Prof. ayşe çağlar”, Sep 28, on Iranian Institute of Anthropology and Culture

2021. “The world without borders, Introducing the views of Prof. Shahram Khosravi”, Jan 16, on Iranian Institute of Anthropology and Culture

Berlin Southern Theory Lecture