2009-10 Conference

Encina Hall Central, Bechtel Conference Center


9:00 am: Welcoming Remarks

9:00 – 10:30 am: Border Crossings

Moderator: Parna Sengupta (Introduction to Humanities Program, Stanford University)

Amin Tarzi (Middle East Studies, Marine Corps University), “Yaghistan Revisited: The Struggle for Domination of Afghan-Pakistan Borderlands”

James Caron (South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania), “Divisive Hegemonies and Interlinked Publics: Case Studies of Religious Scholarship and Social Awareness in Afghanistan and the North West Frontier Province, 1930-2008”

Jamal Elias (Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania), “Identity, Modernity and Meaning in Pushtun and Punjabi Truck Decoration”

10:30 -11 am: Coffee Break

11 am- 12:30 pm: Molding Minds and Bodies

Moderator: Steve Stedman (Center for Security and International Cooperation, Stanford University)

Tahir Andrabi (Economics, Pomona College), “Religious Schooling in Pakistan and its Relation to Other Schooling Options: A Disaggregated Analysis”

Farzana Shaikh (Asia Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs- Chatham House), “Will the ‘right’ kind of Islam save Pakistan?: The Sufi Antidote”

Fariba Nawa (Journalist, Fremont), “Opium Nation”

2:00- 4:00 pm: Nations, Tribes, and Others

Moderator: Aishwary Kumar (Department of History, Stanford University)

Gilles Dorronsoro (The Carnegie Endowment), “Religious, Political and Tribal Networks in the Afghan War”

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (Department of History, James Madison University), “Epistemological Quandaries of the Afghan Nation: Mobility, Territoriality and The Other”

Thomas Ruttig (Afghanistan Analysts Network, Berlin/Kabul), “How Tribal Are the Taleban?”

Lutz Rzehak (Humboldt University), “Diversity and Dynamics of Ethnic identities in Afghanistan: The case of The Baloch”

4:00- 4:30 pm: Coffee Break

4:30-6:00 pm: The Global Politics of Afghanistan and Pakistan

Moderators: Shahzad Bashir (Religious Studies, Stanford University); Robert Crews (Department of History, Stanford University)


Sponsored by
The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies,  Center for International Security and Cooperation, Department of History, Center for South Asia, and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies