Seminar by Dr. Magnus Marsden on 2nd March 2012, 4-6pm

031Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Centre for Development Studies, Faculty of
Asian Middle Eastern Studies & Cambridge Kazakhstan Centre are delighted
to announce a Seminar on

‘From Trader to Talib: Merchants, migrants and militancy on the
Afghanistan-Tajikistan Frontier’

By Dr. Magnus Marsden, Department of Social Anthropology, School of
Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

2 March 2012, 4-6pm

Room S3, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, University of Cambridge,
Cambridge CB3 9DT

Abstract: The borderlands of Central and South Asia are often associated
in popular and scholar writing with forms of movement that have apparently
contrasting effects on  regional dynamics: some forms of movement are
imagined in terms of trade and exchange and the important role that
merchants play in the production of cosmopolitan-like forms of ‘cultural
mixing’; others are conceptualised as being more insidious ‘flows’ that
are connected to the smuggling of narcotics and arms and the rigid and
intolerant ideologies of ‘border-violating militants’. This paper
ethnographically focuses on the intertwined trading and religious
trajectories of a merchant family in the northern Afghan town of Kunduz. I
use this material to explore how the everyday lives of mobile people in
the region bring attention to the inter-related dimensions of these two
aspects of life in this and other borderland contexts.

Please find poster attached.

Places are limited. Please RSVP to Prajakti
Kalra,, by 28 February 2012