May 2011 Conference

Thursday May 5

2 ? 4:00
Film Screening and Director?s Roundtable
Postcards from Tora Bora (2007) with filmmaker Wazhmah Osman
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

4:00 pm
Opening Reception for ?Framing Afghanistan/Pakistan,? an exhibition?curated by Shiva Balaghi. The show will be on view through May 30 in the Watson Institute. It features work by Thomas Watson Jr., Abbas, Iftikhar and Elizabeth Dadi, Mariam Ghani, and Jamal Elias.
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

6:00 pm
Peter Green Lecture featuring Dr. Ashraf Ghani

Welcoming remarks:?Michael Kennedy (Brown, Watson and Sociology)
Intro to Dr. Ghani: President Ruth Simmons
Location: 117 MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer Street

 

Friday May 6

10 ? 12:00
Borderlands: (De)Constructing Afghanistan

Chair: David Ludden (NYU, History)
Vazira Zamindar (Brown, History) on histories of Afghani and Pakistani borderlands
Ben Hopkins (GWU, History) on Afghanistan?s fragmented frontiers
Zubeda Jalalzai (RIC, English) on literary representations of Afghanistan
David Edwards (Williams, Anthropology) on documenting Afghanistan?sborderlands
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

12 ? 12:45
Khyberspace: Conceptualizing Afghan States and Frontiers

David Edwards and Greg Whitmore will present on their web-based project
Location: McKinney Room, Watson Institute

1:00 ? 3:00
Militarization, the US, & Afghanistan

Chair: Naoko Shibusawa (Brown, History)
Fotini Christia (MIT, Politics) on civil war and ethnic violence in Afghanistan
Catherine Lutz (Brown, Watson & Anthropology) on the costs of war for US
Keith Brown (Brown, Watson) on Special Forces & Hearts and Minds
Lisa Hajjar (UCSB, Sociology) on Obama?s Gitmo
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

3:30-5:00
Democratic Possibilities & Afghanistan

Agnieszka Paczynska (George Mason, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution)
Alex Thier (Assistant Director, Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, USAID)
Gianpalo Baiocchi (Brown, Watson & Sociology)
Ashutosh?Varshney?(Brown, Watson & Politics)
Michael Kennedy (Brown, Watson & Sociology)
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Reception to follow

Saturday May 7

10 ? 11:30
Covering Afghanistan: Constructive Engagements in the Public Sphere

David Ignatius (Washington Post)
David Rohde (New York Times)
Steve Heydemann (VP Unites States Institute of Peace)
Michael Kennedy (Brown, Watson and Sociology)
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

11:30 ?1:00
Artists? Roundtable on Visual Culture & Framing Afghanistan-Pakistan

Shiva Balaghi (Brown, Cogut Center)
Mariam Ghani (Cooper Union School of Art/artist)
Iftikhar Dadi (Cornell Art History/artist)
Chantal Thomas (Cornell Law School/Clarke Initiative for Law and Development inMiddle East)
Wazhmah Osman (NYU Culture & Communications/filmmaker)
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute