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Afghanistan After 2014

Afghanistan Approaches 2014: Transition or Drop Dead Date?


Afghanistan Approaches 2014: Transition or
Drop Dead Date?

Monday, September 30, 2013
5:00 pm
Higgins Hall 300, Boston College

with Thomas J. Barfield,
Professor of Anthropology, Boston University


* Barfield Synopsis.docx
Synopsis of Thomas Barfield’s Presentation: Afghanistan Approaches 2014: Transition or Drop Dead Date
* Barfield Student Reaction.docx
Student reaction to Thomas Barfield's talk, as well as Barfield's call to action for students.

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about the speaker



Dr. Thomas Barfield’s current research focuses on problems of political development in Afghanistan, particularly on systems of local governance and dispute resolution. He has also published extensively on contemporary and historic nomadic pastoral societies in Eurasia with a particular emphasis on politics and economy.

Dr. Barfield conducted ethnographic fieldwork in northern Afghanistan in the mid-1970s as well as shorter periods of research in Xinjiang, China, and post-Soviet Uzbekistan. He is author of The Central Asian Arabs of Afghanistan (1981), The Perilous Frontier: Nomadic Empires and China (1989), and The Nomadic Alternative (1993), co-author of Afghanistan: An Atlas of Indigenous Domestic Architecture (1991), and editor of Blackwell’s Dictionary of Anthropology (1997). Barfield received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006 that led to the publication of his newest book, Afghanistan: A Political and Cultural History (2010).

He is also director of Boston University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilization and currently serves as president of the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies.