Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Hafsa Kanjwal & Mohamad Junaid ─ State and Political Subjectivity in Kashmir

Friday, May 11, 2018

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Hafsa Kanjwal is Assistant Professor of History at Lafayette College.  She completed her PhD in history and women’s studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, focusing on contemporary Kashmiri history. Her interests include: South Asia, Kashmir, Islam, Women’s and Gender Studies, Islam in America.

Mohamad Junaid is Visiting Assistant Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He completed his PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His writings focus on military occupation, space, memory, martyrdom, and violence in Kashmir. Junaid has contributed to edited volumes; Everyday Occupations: Experiencing Militarism in South Asia and the Middle East (2013); Until My Freedom Has Come: The New Intifada in Kashmir (2012); Of Occupation and Resistance (2013); The Hanging of Afzal Guru (2013); and They Gave Us Blood: Normalcy, Sacrifice, and Terror in Kashmir (forthcoming). His essays have also appeared in Economic and Political Weekly, Greater Kashmir, Kashmir Reader, Aljazeera, Tehelka, and Guernica. Junaid’s dissertation is an ethnographic study of the practices of protest and the formation of political subjectivity in Kashmir. Centered on Kashmiri youth activists who live under conditions of chronic state violence, the dissertation examines the modes through which they understand their encounters with the state, the political tradition of self-determination (azadi) and its present articulation in the Tehreek. He has held lectureship positions in Kashmir at the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Center for International Relations in 2008-09, and in the US at Lehman College in 2010-13 and in Brooklyn College in 2014. He is the founder of Kashmir Solidarity Network, which seeks to build a critical understanding of the Kashmir question as well as solidarity with scholars and activists in Kashmir.  

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