Rashidbeigi Awarded 2022 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

July 6, 2022

Seventh-year Ph.D. student Samin Rashidbeigi has been awarded a 2022 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her project that “traces the emergence of blood transfusion technology in modern Iran. Until the early 1970s, an informal market supplied hospitals with blood products. Forced by poverty, professional blood-sellers sold their blood to dealers who managed the market. However, altruistic donations gradually substituted blood-selling. Drawing on archival research and oral history interviews conducted in Iran, State of Blood argues that the technology of transfusion, by appropriating the idea of kinship and intimacy and utilizing the long-lived political and religious discourses of blood, mediated and transformed not only the relationship between the state and the citizens but also the relationship among citizens whose ties to the life of strangers shaped the meaning of citizenship in modern Iran. This dissertation takes transfusable blood, a source of meaning and information, as its unit of analysis to demonstrate how ordinary Iranians created their own concepts of selfhood, the other, and donorship.”

These fellowships support exceptional doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences with a year of funding to facilitate the completion of projects that will form the foundations of their scholarly careers. The program, which makes its sixteenth and final set of awards this year, is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.