Aiding the ongoing situation in Afghanistan

We are deeply saddened and distressed by the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. We have included some resources below for anyone in your circle who may benefit from them at this time. These have been forwarded to us from other COSAS members.

  • If you or someone you know is a U.S. citizen in Afghanistan that wants to leave the country, have them fill out this form.
    ·If you or someone you know has an approved petition for a Special Immigrant Visa, email NVCSIV@state.gov or call 1-603-334-0828.
    · Alternate Email for SIV applicants: ATF-TF3@state.gov
    · If you or someone you know worked as a contractor with U.S. forces, non-governmental organizations, or the media in Afghanistan, you can find information on the P-2 safe passage admissions program here.
    · Detailed information on the refugee petition process here for Afghan nationals (Program Priority 2 Designation for Afghan Nationals).

Other organizations in need of support include those listed here: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/17/1028483700/help-afghanistan-refugees. Please find even more resources to help support the effort here.

In addition to utilizing the resources below, we encourage you to contact your elected officials, about which you can find more information here.

 

The University of Chicago is one of the leading centers for the study of Southern Asia.

Countries in which we have scholarly expertise in South Asia include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; and in Southeast Asia, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet (as an autonomous region), and Vietnam.

One of the largest concentrations of faculty working on Southern Asia at any major research university, COSAS members are University of Chicago faculty members engaged in significant research, publication and teaching related to the study of South and Southeast Asia.

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Faculty Highlights

Chicago’s Southern Asia strength is built around the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), comprised of faculty across the University who share teaching and research interests in Southern Asia.

The focus of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), which is supported through a University endowment, is to support and implement faculty and student academic and research projects that broadly encompass the study of South and Southeast Asia.

Faculty Highlight: E. Annamalai

Interviewed by COSAS Chair, Constantine V. Nakassis, 9 April 2021. https://youtu.be/gh_SUm_IJZ8 Transcript of Interview: Nakassis: So, I thought to get started, I wanted to ask you a little bit about how you came to the University of Chicago. You’ve had such an...

Faculty Highlight: Trevor Price

Doan: How did you become interested in ornithology? Price: When I was 7 years old, my father and I saw a striking bird when on holiday and identified it together (it was an oystercatcher). He saw my interest, and sent me on several week-long natural history courses...

Faculty Highlight: Blake Smith

Doan: How did you decide to pursue a PhD in history? Smith: I did a PhD because I needed the money! As I was finishing college and anxiously facing the future, the prospect of several years of guaranteed income and health insurance was very appealing... I went into...

Faculty Highlight: Elena Bashir

Doan: How did you become interested in studying linguistics? Bashir: Ever since childhood I have loved thinking about language and words and their meanings. When I was an undergraduate at Berkeley, however, there was no such thing as routine advising for...
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Faculty Highlight: Marco Garrido

Doan: Congratulations on your most recent book, The Patchwork City: Class, Space, and Politics in Metro Manila. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book? Garrido: The book is about the relationship between the urban poor and middle class as located in slums and...
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Faculty Highlight: Paul Staniland

We recently interviewed Associate Professor of Political Science and COSAS Member, Paul Staniland, on his forthcoming book and academic career.

As of 2020-2021, the Committee has sixty-seven members. COSAS members represent approximately eighteen degree-granting departments and programs across the university.

COSAS members are University of Chicago faculty members engaged in significant research, publication and teaching related to the study of South and Southeast Asia. This is one of the largest concentrations of faculty working on Southern Asia at any major research university.

Members meet regularly to plan and implement programming and academic programs to enhance the study of Southern Asia at the University.

Member Achievement: Nisha Kommattam

Congratulations to COSAS Member and Associate Instructional Professor in...

Member Achievement: Anna Schultz

Congratulations to COSAS Member and Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities...
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Member Achievement: Alan Kolata

Congratulations to COSAS Member and Professor of Anthropology, Alan Kolata, on his...

Member Achievement: E. Annamalai

Professor E. Annamalai has recently received numerous accolades and has been...

Member Achievement: Anjali Adukia

COSAS congratulates COSAS Member and Assistant Professor at the University of...