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Professor Farzad Sharifian dies



Monash university professor, Farzard Sharifian has passed away. Professor Farzad died today 12th May 2020. The news of his death flooded the social media today.

Farzad was a leader in multidisciplinary Cultural Linguistics. He completed a PhD in Applied Linguistics at ECU in 2003 and was Chair of Cultural Linguistics at Monash, winning awards and funding for his research.

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The Monash University confirmed the news of Farzad Sharifian death in a Facebook post made on their page..

”The Monash linguistics community has learned today of the sudden and unexpected death of Professor Farzad Sharifian.
Farzad pioneered Cultural Linguistics and by doing so gave us new ways of looking at language and culture. He was a prolific scholar and a passionate advocate for young scholars. He will be missed immensely.
We pass this news on with great sadness and extend our condolences to all those who, like us, valued Farzad personally and professionally”

RIP Tributes floods twitter

Few Things You Need To Know About Farzad Sharifian

He was a pioneer of Cultural Linguistics and held the Chair in Cultural Linguistics at Monash University.

Professor Sharifian completed a multiple award winning (The University Research Medal, Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Research, and Western Australian Institute of Education Early Career Medal) at Edith Cowan University in 2003.

He was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Australian Research Council in 2003, based at the University of Western Australia. He was appointed a Lecturer at Monash University in 2005.

In 2008 he was appointed the Director of Language and Society Centre at Monash. In 2011, after only 6 years of scholarly service at Monash, he was appointed Professor.

He was appointed as the Chair in Cultural Linguistics in 2015. In 2014 he was elected as the President of Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.



  1. Hamid Reza

    May 12, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Just God knows how horribly we miss him here in Iran
    He was really one the best colleagues and friends we have ever had in Isfahan, Iran. The whole big society of Isfahan university will miss him, but he will stay in hearts forever.

    He was like a candle lightening the way for most of our students in Iran.

    God will bless him
    Hamid R. Dowlatabadi
    Arak university,Arak Iran

  2. Mahmoud Aghamiri

    May 12, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve been stunned by professor Farzad Sharifian’s so sudden death since this afternoon. He was my teacher about 30 years ago here in Esfahan , Iran. He was a great source of inspiration and motivation. He has been one of my role models in teaching. May he rest in peace.

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