Afghanistan: Reflections on Taliban, Afghan state-building, and political and social change

September 22, 2021 | 3 - 4.30 pm CET

Adam Baczko is a CNRS Research Fellow at CERI-Sciences Po. He conducts research on the formation of legal institutions by armed movements and international operators in contexts of armed conflict, with a focus on Afghanistan, Syria and Mali. His thesis, conducted at EHESS and entitled Laws at War: Justice, Domination and Violence in Afghanistan (2001-2018), examines the courts set up by the Taliban movement in the context of the Western intervention in Afghanistan since 2001. He is alumnus of the Ph.D. program Trajectories of Change (2015) of ZEIT-Stiftung.

Syeda Masood is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Brown University. Her research focuses on the relationship between colonialism, racialization and culture. Her dissertation comprises a study of American neo-colonialism in Afghanistan, as viewed through Kabul’s book reading culture. She is alumna of the Ph.D. program Trajectories of Change (2016) of ZEIT-Stiftung.

Adam Baczko talked about the Taliban judiciary which is the topic of his recently published book “La guerre par le droit - Les tribunaux Taliban en Afghanistan”. Sociologist Syeda Masood focused on an analysis of social and cultural change in Afghanistan based on her research of Kabul book clubs.