Previous and Current Teaching

Previous Teaching Experiences: Anila Daulatzai has educated students on three continents (North America, Europe and Asia). The scope of courses she has taught range from anthropology courses specifically on Afghanistan, critical humanitarianism, transnational migration, towards an anthropology of Islamophobia, critical public health and medical anthropology, and radical ethnography as social science research methodology. She has held teaching fellowships and teaching positions at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA, at Kabul University and at the American University of Afghanistan in Afghanistan, at the University of Zürich in Switzerland, and at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan.

Teaching at Harvard Divinity School: Currently Anila Daulatzai is teaching a graduate-level seminar course titled ‘Talibanization’ and its other. This course does not focus on the history of the Taliban movement (or movements described as ‘Taliban-like’), but more importantly on the performative nature of the term ‘Talibanization’. The course explores what deploying the term enables, particularly in the highly militarized contexts of the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan. As an antithesis of democracy, human rights and women’s rights, ‘Talibanization’ functions as a threat to freedom, democracy, modernity, etc. ‘Talibanization’ is thus a signifier for what? By exploring the term, and its uses with regards to intended affects as well as the spectral presence of ‘Talibanization’ as a global threat, the course complicates students’ understandings of the contemporary role of religion, state, everyday life and the extraordinary in the United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and beyond. In particular, the course explores how formations of liberalism, feminism, and secularism give life to a term like ‘Talibanization’, and the violence that is enabled and justified by its deployment. Explorations of the ‘liberal’ and the ‘secular’ and of how they are constituted in particular contexts thus form a core aspect of this course.