2017 Fellowship Recipients

Katherine Freeze Brown University 'A field-based study of musical timing in the performance of maddoh, the Ismaili Muslim devotional music of Badakhshan'

This project presents research on musical timing in contemporary
performances of maddoh, the devotional music of Ismaili Muslims living in the Pamir mountains of Tajik and Afghan Badakhshan.

Munazza Ebiktar Oxford University 'The Unknown Combatants of Panjshir: An Oral History of Women’s Resistance to the Soviet Occupation (1979-1989)'

This project and research challenges hegemonic historiography and highlights the subaltern’s central contribution to the dynamics of historical change within the country.

Marjan Wardaki University of California, Los Angeles 'Cross-Cultural Exchanges: The Technical and Intellectual Flows of Ideas between Germany and Afghanistan, 1919-1945'

This project allowed Marjan Wardaki to trace the technical and intellectual training of Afghan students in Germany throughout their later professional lives in Afghanistan. The project examines specific students and traces their education and life as Afghan scholars.

Richard Wolf Harvard University 'The Nightingale’s Despair: Music and Moral Being in Central Asia'

This project’s research agenda is to deepen and extend ethnographic research with Wakhi musicians in Tajikistan and Xinjiang, China. Partially funded with previous AIAS funds, this newer project furthers the research of language-music relationships within the region.

Melissa Kerr Chiovenda University of Connecticut, 'Early Arrival Afghan Refugees in Athens Greece: Their Role as Cultural Moderators and Political Activists in the Aftermath of the 2015 “Refugee Crisis'

Also part of a research project funded with AIAS, this project extension focuses specifically on Hazara Afghan refugees in Athens.This research seeks to understand the different ways, and under which contexts,
Afghans in Greece might present themselves: as refugees, political leftists, Afghans tout court, or Afghans of a particular ethnic group.

2017 Travel Fellowship Recipient:

J. Eva Meharry University of Cambridge, 'Nation-Building and the Practice of Archaeology in Afghanistan'

This research explores the relationship between nation-building and the practice of archaeology in Afghanistan from 1919 to today. The central research questions ask: how do successive political administrations utilize archaeology in their nation-building agendas, and how do these agendas
impact the development of the archaeological discipline in Afghanistan?