“You hear my voice as a witness”: A Conversation and Reading with Afghan Writers Dr. Kawa Jobran and Ramin Mazhar

Join the ICA Section on Archives of Literature and Art for its second talk in a new series of speaking events prepared for the last quarter of the year. This project is supported by the International Council on Archives (ICA) through the Programme Commission.   

Event Description: 

Through the power of words writers play a unique role in advocating for human rights. Whether speaking truth to power, giving voice to the voiceless, or speaking out when others are silent, journalists, poets, novelists, and other authors bring important perspectives to society. Yet this work is not without risk, and during times of war and political upheaval, writers may be forced to flee their home country. In this conversation and reading, two Afghan writers, Dr. Kawa Jobran and Ramin Mazhar, will provide insight into how their writing responds to life in Afghanistan, the experience of artists at risk, and reflect on their archival legacies. Dr. Jamila Ghaddar will respond, considering the connections between archives and broader social and political contexts.   


  • Dr. Kawa Jobran 
  • Ramin Mazhar 


  • Dr. Jamila Ghaddar 

Date: Thursday, 1 December 

Time: 9:00am PST. To confirm the date/time of this session in your time zone please use the following link

Register here

This virtual session will be delivered in English. Interpretation into other languages will not be provided.    

About Sebastian Gurciullo

Webmaster, Section on Literary and Artistic Archives, International Council on Archives
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