2019 Fellowship Recipients

Neelam Khoja Yale University, 'Known Geographies: Afghan Sovereigns, Soldiers, and Societies in 18th Century Iran and Hindustan'

This research project and funding developed Neelam Khoja’s research on Afghan social and political history through sources written in Persian or Urdu. Khoja further inquires how Afghans created and leveraged associations to specific territories, and how eighteenth century women, slaves, eunuchs, and soldiers—and especially Afghans—have been (mis)represented in colonial and postcolonial scholarship due to marginalization or mis-translation.

J. Eva Meharry University of Cambridge, 'Politics of the Past: Nationalism, Diplomacy, and the Practice of Archaeology in Afghanistan (1919-2001)'

This project used funds to conduct archival research at the National Archives of France and the National Archives of India in October 2019 in order to develop Meharry’s PhD Thesis, ‘Politics of the Past: Nationalism, Diplomacy, and the Practice of Archaeology in Afghanistan (1919–2001)’, in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge into an academic book.

Noah Coburn Bennington College, 'The Labor of Landmines'

This research project involved six weeks in Nepal in the fall of 2019 and two months in Sri Lanka in the fall and winter of 2019-20. During this time, Noah Coburn conducted interviews, visited mine fields that have been cleared or are in the process of being cleared, and used ethnographic participant-observation research methods to study how deminers interact with each other, their supervisors and the social worlds they inhabit.

2019 Travel Grant Fellowship Recipient:

Muheb Esmat Bard College, 'Arts of Afghanistan'