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Refugee Cities: How Afghans Transformed Pakistan

Monday, November 21, 2022 at 11:00am

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Talk by Sanaa Alimia in conversation with Aziz Hakimi

In this talk, Sanaa Alimia will discuss her new manuscript, Refugee Cities: How Afghans Transformed Pakistan (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022). The book is a people's history of displacement across Afghanistan and Pakistan. Weaving together microhistories of neighbourhoods in Peshawar and Karachi, Alimia shows how Afghans have claimed and accessed rights and resources in these cities. Their struggles, which are a crucial, neglected dimension of Pakistan's urban history, reflect how Pakistan's longer-term Afghan population is not an alien cohort waiting to go home but rather an essential part of Pakistani society.

Sanaa Alimia is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. She is a recipient of the British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Grants Award for her research project, 'Digital Borders, Bodies, and Mobility in South Asia.' Alimia’ s manuscript, Refugee Cities: How Afghans Transformed Pakistan, is out in 2022 (University of Pennsylvania Press). Alimia has previously held positions at the Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin (2014-2019), Department of Political Science, University of Peshawar (2013-2017), and SOAS, London (2011-2014).

Aziz Hakimi holds a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS-University of London. His research and publications have addressed subjects including war and state formation, policing and local militias, and the intersections between gender, legal reform, marriage practices and migration in Afghanistan and among Afghan diaspora in Turkey.

Between 2016-2019, Dr. Hakimi was co-director of the New Afghan Men? Marriage, Masculinities and Gender Politics in Afghanistan research project. It was a collaborative initiative between Chr. Michelsen Institute (Norway), University of Sussex (UK) and Peace Training and Research Organization (Afghanistan). The project was funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and explored the changing notions of masculinity and marriage practices in contemporary Afghanistan.

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