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Conflict, Violence, and Ethnicity: Pakhtunwali in the Conflict of Swat, Pakistan

Posted: 10/17/2017 (Local Events)

Sociology Speaker Series

Conflict, Violence, and Ethnicity: Pakhtunwali in the Conflict of Swat, Pakistan

Syed Wasif Azim, University of Peshawar

Tuesday, October 24

12:00-1:30 PM, Savery 409

Conflict and violence, programed and on a high level can shatter lives and crush peculiar cultures of different groups. It also generates waves of eth­nic profiling and hatred along with stereotypes of people considered as ‘violent’ and ‘security threats’.

This talk investigates the impacts of conflict and violence for ethnicity and ethnic identity in Swat, Pakhtun region of Pakistan. Theoretically, it at­tempts to break the ‘primodialism’ within ‘constructivism’ by proposing that the impacts of conflict and violence (any type) for ethnicity and ethnic identity are complex, contextual and multidi­mensional. Pakhtun ‘culture’ (Pakhtunwali) and ascribed aspects of Pakhtun ethnic identity will be discussed, based on over 80 open ended inter­views, discussions and observations in the conflict-ridden region of Swat Pakistan.

Syed Wasif Azim is a Visiting Research scholar in the South Asia Center at the UW through a fellowship funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan. He is a graduate student in the Department of Political Science, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. His PhD is also funded by the indigenous scholar¬ship of HEC Pakistan. His broader research area is the Pakhtun society of Pakistan. His focus includes ethnicity, conflict and sense of belonging in the region.

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Date: 10/24/2017

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM

Location: Savery Hall, Room 409