Recording of "Media, Gender, and Nation Building in Afghanistan"

Columbia ISSG
September 20, 2021

On Wednesday, January 27, 2021 ISSG (then IRWGS) hosted a lecture with Dr. Wazhmah Osman on her book Television and the Afghan Culture Wars: Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists. Professor Manijeh Moradian (Barnard College) served as the Discussant.

Osman's book 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. The talk shows 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 was co-presented with the South Asia Institute at Columbia University and the South Asian Journalists Association at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

To watch the event recording, please visit the following link: