Short film explores women’s role in fighting disappearances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_gtVB8XN10 When CKS's Ather Zia was a student fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Human Rights Center, she produced this short film about women's involvement in human rights movements in Indian-administered Kashmir. "I have been dashed to ground," one of the women in the film explains. "One who has felt the pain knows. My … Continue reading Short film explores women’s role in fighting disappearances

Kashmir photo essay shared by Anthro of Policy Instagram

CKS member Ather Zia contributed this photo essay of 15 images and text from the field in Kashmir to the Association for the Anthropology of Policy earlier this year. This study was undertaken through the Engaged Anthropology Grant with the Wenner-Gren Foundation. You can find this essay in its original form on Anthropology of Policy's … Continue reading Kashmir photo essay shared by Anthro of Policy Instagram

Women in Resistance: Kashmir and Palestine

On International Women's Day (March 8) in 2015, CKS's Ather Zia discussed women's roles in the Kashmiri resistance movement on Dorabji's radio show. This was part of a broader conversation on how women resist occupation in Palestine and Kashmir and the gendered effects of occupation. Zia was interviewed alongside Samia Showman (Palestinian American educator) and … Continue reading Women in Resistance: Kashmir and Palestine

Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN

Leading human rights defender Khurram Parvez was arrested by Indian authorities on September 16 under the Public Safety Act. This arrest was in the midst of a summer of violence, protests, militarization, and heightened tensions in Kashmir. Parvez is coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), which promotes human rights and justice in … Continue reading Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN

Wake Up and Smell Kashmir’s Undying Resistance

By Ather Zia (Originally posted on the Huffington Post) After Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen fighter was killed in an encounter with the Indian forces, Kashmir plunged into mourning and rose to respond with a relentless show of resistance. A massive crowd joined Burhan's funeral at Tral, his home district. Every city, town and … Continue reading Wake Up and Smell Kashmir’s Undying Resistance

Understanding the Current Uprising in the Valley of Kashmir

Last week, CKS's Ather Zia presented on "Understanding the Current Uprising in the Valley of Kashmir" at The Kohl House in Greeley, Colorado. This was part of the University of Northern Colorado's Critical Kashmir Studies Workshop Series, in collaboration with the university's Asian Studies program and Asian/Pacific American Student Services Center. Dr. Zia is Assistant Professor … Continue reading Understanding the Current Uprising in the Valley of Kashmir

Disappeared Men and Searching Women: Human Rights and Mourning in Kashmir

By Ather Zia (Originally posted on SAMAR) In not so recent past most Kashmiri women shared two notable traits. They did not like to buy meat from the butcher and at no cost would they make their grief public. The butcher’s shop was a shunned site maybe because it typified exposure to uncouth, aggressive and … Continue reading Disappeared Men and Searching Women: Human Rights and Mourning in Kashmir

The Work of Mourning: Affective Law and the search for Disappeared in Kashmir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgytrosFIXs Dr. Ather Zia speaks at the American University of Beirut, hosted by the Center for American Studies and Research, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Asfari Institute. Features a response by Dr. Rania Masri (Asfari Institute) and Dr. Anjali Nath (CASAR). (Originally uploaded May 10, 2016 by YouTube user American University of … Continue reading The Work of Mourning: Affective Law and the search for Disappeared in Kashmir