Media, Gender, and Nation Building in Afghanistan

Media, Gender, and Nation Building in Afghanistan

Starts on Wed, Jan 27, 2021, 5 pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)

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A discussion of Television and the Afghan Culture Wars: Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists, with author Wazhmah Osman.

In her book Television and the Afghan Culture Wars: Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists, Wazhmah Osman analyzes the impact of foreign programming and funding on the culture wars in Afghanistan, with special attention to how women viewers are interpellated and how they resist. This talk will show how Afghans have in fact intensely debated women’s rights, democracy, modernity, and Islam as part of their nation building in the post-9/11 era and in previous eras, even as the larger forces of imperialism, warlordism, and war undermine the gains made.

This event is co-presented with the South Asia Institute at Columbia University and the South Asian Journalists Association at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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