• Talk: Carpetbaggers of Kabul - Gender and International Development issues in Afghanistan

Talk: Carpetbaggers of Kabul - Gender and International Development issues in Afghanistan

10 March 2017

London

The 2001 invasion of Afghanistan by United States and coalition forces was followed by a flood of aid and development dollars and “experts” representing well over two thousand organizations. This talk explores how dominant geopolitical narratives influence daily life in places like Afghanistan―and what happens when the goals of aid workers or the needs of aid recipients do not fit the narrative. It also examines the use of gender, “need,” and grief as drivers for both common and exceptional responses to geopolitical interventions. The speakers research describes intimate encounters at a microscale to complicate and dispute the ways in which Afghans and their country have been imagined, described, fetishized, politicized, vilified, and rescued. 

Speaker: Rachel Lehr (Fulbright Scholar, National Library, Oslo)

Venue: SOAS, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room S211

Time: 5.00 - 6.30pm

Cost: Free

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