Development Seminar

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Date(s) - 09/03/2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Department of Geography & Planning
100 St. George Street, Room 5047
Room SSH562

Abstract: This talk draws on Jennifer Fluri and Rachel Lehr’s  co-authored book, focused on critical analysis gender and  international development in Afghanistan. In response to the attacks  against the United States on 9/11/2001, the US led an international  military invasion and occupation, along with extensive aid and  development efforts. Gendered geopolitical discourses drew public  attention to saving Afghan women from the Taliban and local  patriarchy, which manifested into several gendered assistance programs and projects. In this talk, Fluri challenges the ‘saving women’ narrative, by showing how ‘saving women’ became a type of currency  exchanged among organisations and how aid/ development funds were  wasted and assisted in the production of wealth for the few on the  backs of the impoverished many.


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