Approaches to Afghanistan grew out of the conjoint course between Bennington College and American University in Afghanistan. We aim to forefront the compelling scholarship of Afghanistan; its scholars and thinkers. Our mission is simple – to show the vibrant and complex scholarship about Afghanistan that defies oversimplified mainstream narratives. Approaches to Afghanistan isn’t bound to one discipline but is a conglomeration of politics, art, culture and interdisciplinary approaches. 

Browse suggested readings by contributors.

Our aim to forefront Afghan scholarship is incomplete without an annotated booklist. Find out who’s reading what and why, arranged by topic, genre or author.

Browse open-access video lectures.

We believe in open-access, accessible, and multimedia scholarship which surpasses regional borders and internet (dis)connectivities. Our contributors – the face of some of the most impactful work within their fields – are archived within these video lectures that illustrate Afghanistan’s literature, and mimic a classroom experience for their remote learners.

All videos are supplemented with transcripts, for those with connectivity issues.