ASPS Virtual Event Series VII: Perspectives on Studying Afghanistan
October 28, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Public and political commentaries on the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban abound in popular media, including numerous editorials about the failure of US policy and a rehashing of the trope of Afghanistan as the “graveyard of empires.” Setting these approaches aside, four scholars will discuss their perspectives on the history and culture of Afghanistan through their research findings and experiences in Afghanistan, particularly in light of the current situation and the rapidly evolving and unknown futures of the people of Afghanistan.
Shivan Mahendrarajah, Research Fellow at the Institute of Iranian Studies, School of History, University of St. Andrews
Mejgan Massoumi, Teaching Fellow, Civil Liberal and Global Education, Stanford University
Jawan Shir Rasikh, Visiting Research Associate with the Shafique N. Virani Research Team, University of Toronto
Annika Schmeding, Junior Fellow, Harvard School of Fellows
Moderated by Jo-Ann Gross, Professor Emerita of Middle Eastern and Central Asian History, The College of New Jersey