This week, Rana Rahimpour, a journalist for the BBC who has dual British and Iranian citizenship, was informed that she and her young daughter did not have the appropriate paperwork to fly to the U.S. The pair was prevented from boarding their flight, and Rahimpour’s daughter missed her cousin’s surprise birthday party. Iranians all over… more
In an age when twenty million refugees are displaced worldwide, when passports are easily bought and sold, and when whole countries might soon be submerged by rising tides, are national borders truly relevant? Adapted from The Cosmopolites and published in Columbia Magazine. So many stories begin with borders. I was brought up with no sense of a… more
Photographer Stéphanie de Rougé, whose work was used on the cover of Atossa Araxia Abrahamian's new book The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen, answered some questions about her ongoing series, "Walking By." Q: How long have you been working on this series and how did it start? How has the project evolved? A: I have been shooting… more
"The role of citizenship and statehood in the average person’s life is often taken for granted," Publishers Weekly notes in its rave review of Atossa Araxia Abrahamian's forthcoming book The Cosmopolites. "Abrahamian draws from economic and political theory for a fascinating, eminently readable exploration of contemporary citizenship and concepts of statehood." The subject of The Cosmopolites is how the increasingly… more
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