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Osman Publishes Book Chapter

Wazhmah Osman, PhD candidate in the NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, published a chapter in Soap Operas and Telenovelas in the Digital Age, edited by Diana I. Rios and Mari Castañeda. This edited volume was published by Peter Lang. Osman's chapter is titled "'Trashy Tastes' and Permeable Borders: Indian (and Iranian) Soap Operas on Afghan Television." 

Osman's broad area of interest is cultural contestations as they manifest into politically charged debates in mediated public spheres. More specifically, her research looks at the politics of representation and visual culture around issues and imagery pertaining to "The War On Terror" and "Afghan Women" and how they reverberate globally. Her dissertation "Thinking Outside the Box: Television and Gender in the Afghan Culture Wars" takes a media ethnographic approach to studying how the Post 9/11 mediascape of Afghanistan is constituting gender subjectivities in the daily lives of Afghans. Wazhmah earned a Masters in Near Eastern Studies also from New York University (Thesis: "Contentious Births: Modernity and Gender Rights in Afghanistan") and two BAs in English and Film from Rutgers University. She has also completed the innovative Graduate Program in Culture and Media through NYU Anthropology. She travels frequently between Kabul and NYC.