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Activism, knowledge and publishing: some views from Pakistan and Afghanistan

Caron, James and Ahmad, Mahvish (2015) 'Activism, knowledge and publishing: some views from Pakistan and Afghanistan.' South Asian History and Culture, 7 (1). pp. 30-36.

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Abstract

How can academic publishers support the study of regions and fields that receive comparatively little attention within South Asia-related humanities and social scuiiences? Approaching this question with regard to Pakistan and Afghanistan opens a series of conceptual questions that are useful beyond these cases. Above all, we contend that support to marginal specializations, particularly in service of making them less marginal, must involve an openness to the world beyond professional academic life. By this, we first mean an openness to different purposes for knowledge that are related to political and social stakes in countries other than India. Second, we suggest the need for a greater openness to different sources and forms of knowledge than have traditionally been admitted into academic conversation in the global north.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: decolonizing, academic publishing, activism, Afghanistan, Pakistan
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of History
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre for the Study of Pakistan
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Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor and Francis in ‘South Asian History and Culture Vol. 7 (1), 30-36’ available at the DOI above.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/19472498.2015.1109305
Depositing User: James Caron
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2016 11:37
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21860

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