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Afghanistan in Academia: Knowledge and Representation

When Oct 20, 2018
from 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Where Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Attendees Eva Meharry
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Our graduate member, Eva Meharry is going to give a talk at the Afghanistan in Academia conference.

In light of growing research on Afghanistan, this day-long workshop at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) seeks to create a platform for prospective scholars to exchange ideas and perspectives that contribute towards the academic discourse on the country. A desired outcome of the workshop is a network of young scholars and professionals with ideas on how to foster dialogues and collaborations that will further ‘Afghanistan Studies’. 

Workshop Programme

9.15 Welcome and registration

9.45 Opening remarks – Florence Shahabi (SOAS, University of London)

Keynote address – Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison University)

10.30 Panel 1 – Societal Dynamics: Past and Present

Chair: Rabia Latif Khan (SOAS, University of London) 

Eva Meharry (University of Cambridge) – Nationalism, Politics and the Practice of Archaeology in Afghanistan

Nafay Choudhury (King’s College London) – Contract as Trust: Transactions in Kabul's Money Bazaars

Latifa Jafari (University of Strasbourg) – Impunity of Wrongdoers of International Crimes in Afghanistan, Challenges and Opportunities of Prosecution Before National Criminal Justice 

11.50 Coffee break 

12.10 Panel 2 – Transnationalism, Agency, and Identity

Chair: Dr. Naysan Adlparvar (Yale University)

Sonia Ahsan (Columbia University) – States of Honour: Sexual Ethics and the Politics of Promiscuity

Azita Bathaie (IDEMEC) - Migration, gender and kinship within the Shiite population of Afghanistan

Lucile Martin (Ghent University) – Return Migration, Rights Perceptions and (Re)definitions of Identity in Afghanistan

1.30 Lunch – served in KLT

2.30 Panel 3 – Historical Perspectives on Nation and Culture

Chair: Parwana Fayyaz (University of Cambridge)

Michael Lindsey (UC Santa Cruz) – The Afghan and Pashtun Bāj of Tablā

Jawan Shir Rasikh (University of Pennsylvania) – Medieval Afghanistan: Muslim Conquests of Balād-e Ghūr, 9-11 Centuries, CE

Mateusz Klagisz (Jagiellonian University) – Visual Propaganda in the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan

3.50 Chai break

4.10 Panel 4 – 18th to 20th Century Political Entities

Chair: Dr. Avinash Paliwal (SOAS, University of London)

Sajjad Nejatie (University of Toronto) – Understanding Afghanistan through British Archival Sources

Francesca Fuoli (University of Bern) – The reluctant princely state: reconceptualising Afghanistan within the British Indian Empire, 1869 -1878

Kyara Klausman (Humboldt University of Berlin) – Conflicting Visions of Progress in Political Ideas of Students at Kabul University, 1964 - 1992

5:30 Closing remarks – Rabia Latif Khan (SOAS, University of London)

Closing address – Dr. Arezou Azad (University of Birmingham)

For further information, please refer to the Workshop website:

This workshop is made possible with the support of the SOAS South Asia Institute and the SOAS Early Career Development fund.

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