New Books in Asian Studies: Television & the Afghan Culture Wars

Book cover: Television and the Afghan Culture Wars

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Institute for Public Diplomacy & Global Communication proudly host Wazhmah Osman, filmmaker and Professor at Temple University's College of Media and Communication Studies, in the upcoming edition of the 2021 New Books in Asian Studies series to discuss her recently published Television and the Afghan Culture Wars Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists with Director Benjamin D. Hopkins, who will act as a moderator and discussant during the event. The webinar will take place from 10am EDT to 11am EDT (6:30pm AFT to 7:30pm AFT) on Webex.

Portrayed in Western discourse as tribal and traditional, Afghans have in fact intensely debated women's rights, democracy, modernity, and Islam as part of their nation building in the post-9/11 era. Wazhmah Osman places television at the heart of these public and politically charged clashes while revealing how the medium also provides war-weary Afghans with a semblance of open discussion and healing. After four decades of gender and sectarian violence, she argues, the internationally funded media sector has the potential to bring about justice, national integration, and peace.

The Sigur Center continues to offer a book giveaway to support research and local business. To be eligible to win, please register and attend with the same name, and be sure to like and follow us on Facebook. The winner will be randomly selected during the event and contacted for a U.S. address. The Sigur Center will purchase a book from a local DC bookstore and pay for shipping.