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Benjamin Gatling
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Afghan Stories of War, Migration, and Home

Research and writing two chapters of a book about the stories of displacement and migration told by Afghans living in the Washington, D.C. area.

Afghans have experienced an almost unparalleled level of social trauma in recent decades, suffering through invasions by foreign powers, years of civil war, and ongoing military efforts to create a sustainable political future. I have partnered with members of the Afghan diaspora in the greater Washington, D.C. area to collect their stories about displacement from Afghanistan, movement abroad, and emplacement in the U.S. This NEH summer stipend is to support writing a book manuscript with the data collected. Using ethnographic methodologies, the book explores how individuals who have fled Afghanistan and now live in the U.S. narrate their experiences.

Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/6/2020 – 7/5/2020