2018 Fellowship Recipients

Melissa Kerr Chiovenda University of Connecticut, 'Afghan Refugees in Greece: Integration and Conflict in the Squats'

In another extension of a previous research project funded through AIAS, Chiovenda focuses on a specific location where many of the issues relating to refugee rights, political activism, solidarity with Greeks and foreigners, and national and ethnic identity are present in a microcosm.

Katherine Freeze Brown University, 'Music, Creativity, and Social Mobility in Badakhshan, Tajikistan'

This research explores what creativity means today in the context of making and promoting Badakhshani music in post-Soviet Tajikistan. I will follow the lives and work of several Badakhshani musicians whose paths toward training, employment and artistic fulfilment differ significantly, but which all intersect to some degree with legacies of Sovietization as well as contemporary realities, e.g., entrenched social hierarchies, folkloric musical paradigms, scant public funding for the arts, systemic favoritism in culture development, and competing conceptualizations of ethnicity.

Rachel Lehr University of Colorado at Boulder, 'Linguistic Atlas of Afghanistan Revisited'

This project initiates a reconnaissance of the Atlas linguistique de l’Afghanistan (ALA) material and will publish a report on the findings. The grant covered travel and living expenses for two researchers to spend 5 days in Bern in September 2018, to conduct an exploratory investigation of the ALA materials in order to create a detailed annotated inventory of their contents and condition.

2018 Travel Grant Recipients:

Christine Fair Georgetown University, 'The Chabahar-Zaranj-Delaram Highway: Mitigating American Logistical Dependence on Pakistan in the Short Term, Ensuring Afghanistan’s Future in the Longer Term'

This project seeks to both demonstrate the viability and centrality of the Chabahar-Zaranj-Delaram route to American and Afghan security interests while also finding ways to protect this important project from Trump’s opposition to the JCPOA specifically and Iran generally.

Zahra Lofti Northeastern University, 'The Representation and Roles of Women in 18th and 19th Century Afghan Historical Texts'

This research project focuses on evaluating views of women and their status in the historical texts of 18 th and 19 th century Afghanistan. The project evaluates the roles of women in these historical stories, the social, political and cultural factors that shaped the representation of women in these works, and what the absence of information about women tell us about their status and role in social and political life.

Romain Malejacq Radboud University, 'Warlord Survival: The Illusion of State Building in Afghanistan (1979-2014)'

The AIAS grant supported two weeks of fieldwork in Afghanistan in June 2018 to finalize and conduct additional interviews for a book manuscript entitled Warlord Survival: The Illusion of State Building in Afghanistan (1979-2014).

Kambaiz Rafi University College London, 'Comparison of Deliberative and non-Deliberative Enterprises toward Addressing Productive Adaptability in a Conflict Affected Environment: the Case of Manufacturing Enterprises in Kabul'

This research investigates the political economy of manufacturing enterprises in Kabul, a city characterised by absence of conflict where sustainable peace 1 is lacking as well 2 (hence, the term “conflict-affected” hereafter); where a multiplicity of semi or pre-capitalist market activities (state capitalist, traditional agricultural farms, single-owned craftsmanship, cooperatives, and so forth) exist parallel to private sector-led market 3 practices. The project seeks adaptability of such activities to the economic environment in their structure of decision-making, broadly classifying them as private, public and cooperative.