Diane Riskedahl

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Diane Riskedahl is a linguistic anthropologist who works on the intersection of language and identity. She is currently pursing an ethnographic project that focuses on issues of cross-cultural communication faced by Syrian newcomers in Ontario and their sponsorship group members. Her previous work has focused on political discourse in Lebanon analyzing both state and civil society rhetoric in the context of political advertising and protest movements, with attention to political uses of historical memory, kinship metaphors and interactions of orality and literacy.

Research Interests: 

Research Keywords: Linguistic anthropology; Language and Politics; Media; Political Advertising; and Cross-cultural communication

Research Region: Lebanon; the Middle East


2018.  Political Discourse.  International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Ed. H. Callan Wiley-Blackwell.

2017.  Graphic Identity in the Scriptorial Landscape of Lebanon. City and Society 29(1): 127-147.

2015.  Lebanese Political Advertising and the Dialogic Emergence of Signs. Pragmatics 25(4): 535-551.

2011.  The Sovereignty of Kin: Political Discourse in Post-Ta’if Lebanon. Polar (Political and Legal Anthropology Review) 34(2): 233-250.

2007.  The sign of war: The strategic use of violent imagery in contemporary Lebanese political rhetoric. Language & Communication 27: 307-319.