(Lehr, Rachel - 2016) -- Traditional Fulbright Scholarship
Award or Honor Receipt
Rachel Lehr’s investigation into the role that Afghan women’s social societies play in peace building is part of a larger cultural and linguistic study of Afghanistan. While in Norway for this Fulbright grant, Lehr will work in the University of Oslo’s Georg Morgenstierne archive. Morgenstierne was a linguist who studied the languages of the Indo-Afghan frontier, which feature prominently in Lehr’s research. Her work in the archive will expand upon research she began as a graduate student at the University of Chicago, where she wrote a descriptive grammar of Pashai, an Afghan minority language. Lehr is well-versed in the nuances of language: her translation from Tajik of The Sands of Oxus: Boyhood Reminiscences of Sadriddin Aini with John R. Perry won the 2004 Lois Roth Endowment Persian Translation Prize. Her most recent book, Carpetbaggers of Kabul: Gender and International Development Issues in Afghanistan, co-written with CU associate professor Jennifer Fluri, explores the competing interests of the international organizations that rushed to Afghanistan to offer aid and development assistance in the wake of the 2001 U.S. invasion. Through their analysis, Lehr and Fluri bring the global geopolitical scale in more intimate contact with the everyday lives of people in Afghanistan.