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    Concepts of Statehood and Territoriality in Early Modern Afghanistan

    -An International Conference of the UCLA Program on Central Asia Charles E. Young Research Library Building, Los Angeles, CA- Christine Nölle-Karimi from the Institute for Iranian Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences specializes in regional history and concepts of power and space. She is the author of State and Tribe in Nineteenth-Century Afghanistan (1997), on the […]

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    Heroin Heroines: Women and the Men Who Work with Them in Afghanistan’s Drug Trade

    -An International Conference of the UCLA Program on Central Asia Charles E. Young Research Library Building, Los Angeles, CA- Fariba Nawa is the author of Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan, a mix of memoir and reportage about the drug trade in Afghanistan, (Harper Perennial, November 2011). In this talk, […]

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    Great Games? Afghan History through Afghan Eyes

    -An International Conference of the UCLA Program on Central Asia Charles E. Young Research Library Building, Los Angeles, CA- The year 2011 marks the eightieth anniversary of the death of Fayz Muhammad Katib, often considered to have been the founder of modern Afghan history writing. Whether in the present day or in the Katib’s own period, […]

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    AIAS Board of Trustees Meeting

    -Held in conjunction with 2009 MESA Conference Vineyard Room (4th Floor), Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston- The 2009 Board of Trustees Meeting for AIAS will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2009 in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. The meeting will begin […]

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    In Afghanistan: AQ&A with Journalist/Author David Loyn

    -A Lecture by David Loyn, BBC The Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston MA- Afghanistan has been a strategic prize for foreign empires for more than 200 years. The British, Russians, and Americans have all fought across its beautiful and inhospitable terrain, in conflicts variously ruthless, misguided and bloody. This violent history is the subject […]

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    Re-discovering Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures

    -The Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston, MA- Dr. Fredrik Hiebert’s presentation, Re-discovering Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures provides the back-story to the preservation of the masterpieces of the Kabul Museum. These artifacts, long-thought missing during two decades of civil war in Afghanistan, were actually hidden not destroyed or looted. It is a powerful double story – […]

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    “Is Afghanistan a ‘failed state’? The Answer from one bazaar town.”

    -A Lecture by Noah Coburn Boston University, Room 625- The term ‘failed state’ has become increasingly popular both in anthropology and in discussions of Afghanistan. But what is a ‘failed state’ and is this a useful concept in thinking about the state and society in Afghanistan? This talk will present research done by Noah Coburn in […]

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    Political Legitimacy and Economic Resources: An Anthropological Perspective on the Reconstruction of Afghanistan

    -A Lecture by: Alessandro Monsutti Boston University GSU, Terrace Lounge- This talk will examine the impact of transnational networks on local power games in Afghanistan in order to explain how the political economy of conflicts and post-conflicts is influenced by the circulation of external resources. Four main phenomena will be distinguished: the outside military support […]

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    Afghanistan’s Nuristan Region in Strategic and Ethnographic Context

    -A Lecture by: Richard Strand and David Katz, Boston University GSU, Room 310- The region called Nuristan is one in a chain of ethnic refuge areas that line the mountains of the Indian Plate collision zone from Afghanistan to Southeast Asia. Nuristan lies in the Hindu Kush mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, spanning the basins of […]

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