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What is the Value of the Persianate to Afghanistan Studies?

What is the Value of the Persianate to Afghanistan Studies?

Panel with Marjan Wardaki (Yale), Nicolas Roth (Harvard), and Nicole Ferreira (UC Berkeley)
Discussant: Aria Fani (University of Washington)

Friday, March 11, 2022
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)
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In recent years, the study of the Persianate world has gained more momentum. Scholars have discussed and debated its meaning utility, and value as a category of analysis for different discipline, and cultural and historical geographies. This panel will interrogate the value of the Persianate for the study of Afghanistan and Afghan history by using this evolving framework and its attendant methodologies and presuppositions as a point of entry into myriad history, literary, and cultural sources and questions. Our discussion will span the 16th through the 20th centuries and includes analysis of a varied body of primary sources in different languages: royal autobiographies, chronicle geography, poetry, medical records, diasporic periodicals, and others. The desired outcome of this discussion will be to articulate a more locally differentiated and less romanticizing use of the Persianate in our current scholarly milieu.

Afghanistan through Afghan Voices is a series of virtual workshops that highlights and critically engages with recent scholarship on one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. It aims to open an inclusive and multidisciplinary space where Afghan scholars and artists come together in conversation with broad audiences to publicly reflect on their research endeavors and creative trajectories. Monthly programs include Afghan artists from around the globe in dialogue with scholars of literature, art, and history; panels featuring conversations on visual culture and media; and poetry readings in Persian/Dari, Pashto, and English.

The series is hosted via Zoom by the UCLA Program on Central Asia and co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Persian and Iranian Studies Program, Stanford University’s Center for South Asia and Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, CMRS Center for Early Global Studies, as well as the Center for India and South Asia.


Sponsor(s): Program on Central Asia, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Washington Persian and Iranian Studies Program, Stanford University Center for South Asia and Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies