Globalizing Afghanistan pulls together the work of distinguished scholars in a variety of fields to examine how Afghanistan as a political and cultural space has been situated in extensive global dynamics, both Western and non-Western. Beginning with the September 11th attacks on the United States, the collection as a whole explores the relations and broader global networks, actors, and forces that gave rise to the possibilities of such attacks as well as the retaliations against them. The, collection, therefore, considers a number of distinct perspectives, starting with Afghanistan and tracing its lines of international influence to the United States and the Islamic world through the more pervasive dynamics of globalization itself. The case of Afghanistan in contemporary politics as well as the world's involvement in its history before and after September 11th, necessitates an attention to global movements of people, materials, and ideas.
Globalization in its breakdown of certain national boundaries and the general compression of both time and space in a new world driven by digital information and expansive economic growth and change accounts for the permeability of national and regional boundaries in the Soviet-Afghan war and the current Euro-American role in Afghanistan. Specifically, this volume defines globalization as an economic, political, and cultural process, heavily reliant on technology to effect global transfers of information, money, culture, and people, manifested in numerous, varied, and contradictory ways.
To complete the collection I am seeking essays on the following topics:
Afghanistan’s history in international contexts
Afghan nationalism today—nation building in a globalized world
International Feminism's role in Afghanistan, pre and post Taliban
International Aid organization in Afghanistan and the politics of relief
Please send 300 word abstracts by October 1. Papers should be 30 pages in length and in MLA style citation. Email submissions are welcomed. Send either abstracts or articles as MS word attachments.
Dr. Zubeda Jalalzai
Department of English
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI 02908
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