Launch of the book “Beyond the ‘wild tribes’: Understanding Modern Afghanistan and its Diaspora”.
Thursday 20 January, 17:30-19:00, Room G50, SOAS main building, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
There will be an introduction to the book, followed by a performance of live Afghan music by John Baily and Veronica Doubleday.
There will also be an opportunity to buy Beyond the ‘wild tribes’ and other Hurst books.
Panel participants: Dr Ceri Oeppen, University of Exeter/SOAS; Dr Angela Schlenkhoff, Community Service Volunteers; Dr Deborah J Smith, (formerly) Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit; Professor John Baily, Goldsmiths College
About the book: Afghanistan and its people, whether in Afghanistan or in its global diaspora, have generated substantial interest in recent years and the desire to understand more about the country is widely felt. International organisations, non-governmental organisations and journalists are key sources of information on contemporary Afghanistan, but their ability to undertake research is often limited by their mandate and the aims of their activities in Afghanistan. In-depth academic research on post-2001 Afghanistan does exist but these studies have often taken place in isolation. This volume, edited by Ceri Oeppen and Angela Schlenkhoff, brings together the work of some of the leading European specialists studying Afghanistan and its diaspora. It collates work that contributes to our understanding of modern Afghanistan, and moves beyond the caricatures of Afghanistan and Afghans that have their roots in European imperial texts of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but can still be seen today. Beyond the ‘Wild Tribes’ contains chapters on a wide range of issues, which all contribute to our understandings of modern Afghanistan. Topics range from the features of protracted conflict to the future of Afghan music.
Chapters by: Valey Arya, John Baily, Armando Geller, Antonio Giustozzi, Kristian Berg Harpviken, Kathryn Lockett, Alessandro Monsutti, Ceri Oeppen, Bijan Omrani and Charles Vyvyan, Angela Schlenkhoff, Deborah J Smith.
Ceri Oeppen and Angela Schlenkhoff (eds.), London.