Jimmy Weir

After finishing my Masters at CIE I subsequently enrolled in  a PhD program in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  In 2004, I was based in Kabul to conduct fourteen months of dissertation field research that involved travel to central, northern and western areas of Afghanistan, and the collection over one hundred life story interviews.  During this same period, I organized the Afghan Oral History Project at Kabul University, and directed the American Institute of Afghan Studies.  My dissertation, entitled We Went to the Hills: Four Afghan Life Stories, was successfully defended in May 2010.  I speak, read and write Dari at an intermediate level and speak Urdu at a similar level.


Good to see things are still thriving at CIE.  I have been back in touch with Rob Fuderich just recently.  I ran into Ann Hartman in Hawaii at the East-West center a few months ago.  And I saw some other CIE members recently. CIE continues its many orbits!  [6-10]


In 2010, I spent a year conducting research and writing for an Afghan NGO in Kabul. Between 2011-14, I directed an educational program on the Muslim humanities of Asia at the University of Hawaii Manoa.


In 2016, I moved to the San Francisco East Bay to be with and care for my extended family. I occasionally publish, mostly on Afghanistan. I contributed a chapter on a young Afghan refugee's journey across western Asia and Europe to Germany to a 2018 book titled Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond. [5-18]


Email: jimmyweir2012@gmail.com


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