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Afghanistan Series. Flowers, Love and the Landscape of Violence: Queering War in Afghanistan

Dr. Ahmad Qais Munhazim, Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the Thomas Jefferson University
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
1:00-2:30 PM
Join us on Wednesday, September 22nd at 1:00 PM ET for a conversation with Dr. Ahmad Qais Munhazim on Flowers, Love and the Landscape of Violence: Queering War in Afghanistan.

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In the last two decades, representation of Afghans and Afghanistan has been rendered to a people and landscape in void of love and life. In the heteropatriarchal and orientalist depictions, Afghan women have remained as the historically oppressed and devotedly loveless while Afghan men move between the violently masculine and categorically weak. The non-binary, trans and queer Afghans have remained invisible. These depictions have justified the continued war in Afghanistan and its subsequent everyday violence. Through a de/colonial and visual ethnography of Afghans and Afghanistan , Flowers, Love and the Landscape of Violence queers the war and Afghans’ lived experiences of violence in the country. Dr. Ahmad Qais Munhazim will offer alternative lenses and methodologies to understand Afghan masculinities, femininities, queerness and the in-betweens.

Dr. Ahmad Qais Munhazim, genderqueer, Afghan, Muslim and perpetually displaced, is an assistant professor of global studies at the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Qais was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. Qais’ work troubles borders of academia, activism and art while exploring everyday experiences of displacements and war/conflicts in the lives of queer and trans Afghans.

This event is a part of a series on Afghanistan, presented by the Global Islamic Studies Center; cosponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Arab and Muslim American Studies, and American Culture, the Center for South Asian Studies, the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, The Spectrum Center, the Department Communication & Media, and Middle East Studies.

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Building: Off Campus Location
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Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Afghanistan, Discussion, Global Islamic Studies, Lecture, LGBT, Muslim, Politics, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Global Islamic Studies Center, Spectrum Center, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Department of Middle East Studies, International Institute, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, Department of American Culture, Communication and Media, Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS)

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