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Special collection on performing arts in Afghanistan


Breeze, J., et al. “Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Contribution to 21 Months of Operating Theatre Activity in Kandahar Field Hospital: 1 February 2007–31 October 2008.” British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 49, no. 6, Jan. 2011, pp. 464–468. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.bjoms.2010.08.002.

Çakıt, Erman, and Waldemar Karwowski. “Understanding Patterns of Infrastructure Development in the Active War Theater of Afghanistan Over the Period 2002-2010. Procedia Manufacturing, vol. 3, Jan. 2015, pp. 3876–3882. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.897.

Chow, Chin Min Edmund. Afghan Theatres since 9/11 : From and beyond Kabul. 2016. EBSCOhost,

Cull, Nicholas J. “Staging the Catastrophe: The Tricycle Theatre’s The Great Game: Afghanistan and Its Diplomatic Journey from London to the Pentagon, 2010-11.” Theatre Topics, vol. 21, no. 2, Sept. 2011, pp. 125–137. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/tt.2011.0028.

Doubleday, Veronica. “Gendered Voices and Creative Expression in the Singing of ‘Chaharbeiti’ Poetry in Afghanistan.” Ethnomusicology Forum, vol. 20, no. 1, 2011, p. 3. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/17411912.2011.552699.

Friis, K. “Which Afghanistan? Military, Humanitarian, and State-Building Identities in the Afghan Theater.” Security Studies, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 266–300. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/09636412.2012.679206. Accessed 16 May 2019.

George H. Quinby. “Theatre in Iran and Afghanistan.” Educational Theatre Journal, vol. 12, no. 3, 1960, p. 200. EBSCOhost, doi:10.2307/3204484.

Laastad Dyvik, Synne. Performing Gender in the ’Theatre of War’ : Embodying the Invasion, Counterinsurgency and Exit Strategy in Afghanistan. 2013. EBSCOhost,

This thesis offers a critical feminist reading of the war in Afghanistan, from invasion, through the practice of counterinsurgency, to the training of the Afghan National Army as a central part of NATO's exit strategy. Empirically it focuses on the discourses, policies and practices of the US and Norwegian militaries in Afghanistan. It draws on a range of material including military doctrine and policy, parliamentary discussions, public policy documents, interviews, political statements and soldiers' memoirs. Deploying the theoretical framework of performative gender with an emphasis on embodiment, it shows how particular gendered bodies are called into being and how the distinct practices of war in Afghanistan produce and rely on a series of multiple, fluid and, at times, contradictory performances of masculinity and femininity. It demonstrates how gendered performances should not be considered superfluous, but rather integral to the practices of war…

Leah Lowe. Contemporary Women Playwrights: Into the Twenty-First Century Ed. By

Penny Farfan and Lesley Ferris (Review). no. 2, 2015, p. 367. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/tj.2015.0057.

Matt Jones. After Kandahar: Canadian Theatre’s Engagement with the War in Afghanistan. no. 157, 2014, p. 26. EBSCOhost,

Rabbani, Attar. “Afghanistan: A Theatre of Absurd.” Dialogue (1819-6462), vol. 7, no. 4, Oct. 2012, pp. 319–338. EBSCOhost

Upton, Carole-Anne. “Tears into Energy: Participatory Theatre in Afghanistan.” Performing Ethos, vol. 4, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 53–65. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1386/peet.4.1.53_7.

Sena Christian, and Chris Bunyan. “Afghanistan: Women Performers Banned from Television and Radio.” Off Our Backs, vol. 34, no. 5/6, 2004, p. 4. EBSCOhost.

Solveig Gade. The War, the Body, and the Nation: Commemorating the War in Afghanistan at The Danish Royal Theatre. no. 2, 2016, p. 32. EBSCOhost.

Tinnes Judith. “Counting Lives in a Theater of Terror - an Analysis of Media-Oriented Hostage Takings in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.” Perspectives on Terrorism, vol. 4, no. 5, 2010, p. 3. EBSCOhost,

Upton, Carole-Anne. “Tears into Energy: Participatory Theatre in Afghanistan.” Performing Ethos, vol. 4, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 53–65. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1386/peet.4.1.53_7.

Varga, Colleen M., et al. “Psychiatric History, Deployments, and Potential Impacts of Mental Health Care in a Combat Theater.” Military Medicine, vol. 183, no. 1/2, Jan. 2018, pp. e77–e82. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1093/milmed/usx012.