• Being outside Afghanistan, Afghan Migration

Being outside Afghanistan

An interdisciplinary workshop exploring everyday experiences of social becoming, self‐construction and resource mobilisation among Afghans abroad


Day 1: Thursday 28th July, 2016

09.30 Welcome: Zuzanna Olszewska, Esra Kaytaz, Carolin Fischer
10.00 – 11.00
Keynote address: Alessandro Monsutti

Homo itinerans: Afghanistan, a transnational anthropology of politics
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00
Session 1: Aspirations, agency and engagements

Giulia Scalettaris
Yearning for Europe: Solidarity and competition among Afghans

Carolin Fischer and Marieke van Houte
Agents of change?: Exploring dimensions of agency in home country relationships of Afghan migrants and return migrants

Morwari Zafar
COIN-operated anthropology: The U.S. counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign in Afghanistan and the rise of the Afghan-American diaspora

Discussant: Nicholas Van Hear
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30
Session 2: Beyond networks: Friendship, kinship, travel and social life

Esra Kaytaz
Social-positioning as risk management: Sociality in the everyday lives of Afghan migrants and refugees in Turkey

Thomas Wide
Outside insiders: Two Afghans abroad in the early 20th century

Liza Schuster
Making friends: Afghan migrants and their supporters

Discussant: Ceri Oeppen
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30
Session 3: Imagined futures and transitions into adulthood

Elaine Chase
‘Anywhere but Afghanistan’: Unaccompanied Afghan young people’s experiences of imagining and constructing futures as they ‘become adult’ in the UK and beyond

Nassim Majidi
The role of education in shaping migration aspirations among Afghans

Marjan Wardaki
The Afghan students of interwar Germany: Transnational connections between Afghanistan and Germany, 1919-1945

Discussant: Sneha Krishnan
17.30 – 18.00Drinks Reception

Day 2: Friday 29th July, 2016

09.00 – 10.00
Keynote address: Kristian Berg Harpviken

Conflict and migration, migration and conflict: Afghan patterns of mobility and mobilisation
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 – 12.00
Session 4: Political mobilisation and politics of belonging

Robert Crews
Piety in motion: Religious authority and nationhood among Afghan Shia migrants

Melissa Kerr Chiovenda
The Hazara diaspora in Athens, Greece: Cultural mediators in a crisis

Khadija Abbasi
The Republic of Silence: An imagined community of Hazaras in diaspora

Discussant: Zuzanna Olszewska
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 15.00 Closing session: Roundtable on the policy role of scholars of Afghan migration
15.00 – 16.30Special event: Screening of 'Welcome to Paristan' (2016; directed by Mohamad Reza Sahibdad and Bastien Ferré; 73 min.).