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Ather Zia’s book “Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir” has won the Public Anthropologist Award 2021. Public Anthropologist Award is given to an anthropologist who has published an outstanding contribution that follows these topics: violence, war, poverty, social movements, freedom, aid, rights, injustice, inequality, social exclusion, racism, health, and environmental challenges. Ather Zia is a poet, short fiction writer, and columnist. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and…

At a time when a colossal chunk of literature about the prevalent political plight in Kashmir centres chiefly around its geopolitical climate and the implications of it internationally, an acutely visible dearth of writing that sheds light on the not-so-ordinary lives of the ordinary people in the valley – and in particular the human toll the conflict bears on the children and the women, becomes the elephant in the room. In an academic ethnographic exploration…