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Orphanhood and the Art of Not Being Cared For

Lecture | February 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

Anila Daulatzai, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Islamic Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

This lecture is based on four years of anthropological fieldwork in Kabul, Afghanistan. It will explore what may be produced cumulatively throughout a life in a landscape of serial war and humanitarianism. What modes of relatedness to self, others, and the world follow when a seemingly harmless affect of sympathy and what appears as an obligation to kinship are embodied in a young orphan? What potential subjectivities emerge when one is cognizant that one is the socially demarcated recipient of societal mercy?

Anila Daulatzai is a socio-cultural anthropologist with active research projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her current interests primarily circulate around the themes of war and humanitarianism, as well as the related themes of violence and care. She has graduate training from UCLA in International Public Health and Islamic studies, and completed her PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Islamic Studies at Harvard Divinity School.

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