The State of Academia and Afghanistan under Taliban Rule: A Virtual Webinar


Academia in Afghanistan is facing a crisis. The Taliban have targeted and prosecuted scholars. There is no freedom of expression. Join us Wednesday, August 17 at 11 am ET for a virtual webinar: The State of Academia in Afghanistan under Taliban Rule. Event moderated by Dr. Omar Sadr.

The webinar will feature insights from Dr. Haroun Rahimi (American University of Afghanistan), Dr. Omar Sharifi (University of Minnesota), and Munazza Ebtikar (Oxford University) on the current state of academia in Afghanistan. 

This webinar will answer the following questions:

How has the re-establishment of the Taliban impacted academia in Afghanistan? 
How have universities adopted alternative ways and methods to cope and survive? 
What are the key challenges and crises of academia under Taliban rule?

Register here.


About our Speakers: 

Dr. Omar Sadr (moderator) joined CGM as a senior research scholar in October of 2021. Prior to this, he served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). He is the author of Negotiating Cultural Diversity in Afghanistan (2020).

Dr. Haroun Rahimi is an Assistant Professor of Law at the American University of Afghanistan. In his research, Dr. Rahimi studies law and development, institutional reform, and Islam and politics. He is also an associate editor for the Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice, as well as a member of the advisory board for the Porsesh Research and Studies Organization. 

Dr. Omar Sharifi is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. He is also a Senior Research Fellow and Country Director of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS). Dr. Sharifi is a member of the advisory board of the Civil Society Development Center (CSDC) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Afghan Alumni Association and Afghanistan 1400.

Munazza Ebtikar is a current PhD candidate at Oxford University, where she is completing her thesis on war and memory. Ebtikar’s interests lie in history and historiography, memory, gender, the Middle East and Afghanistan. She is the recipient of the St John’s College Graduate Academic Grant and the Oriental Institute Graduate Research Grant at Oxford.