Professor Tabasum is the new director of CCAS KU, Dr Shazia coordinator of CWSR

SRINAGAR: Prof. Tabasum Firdous took over as the first female director of the Center for Central Asian Studies (CCAS) at Kashmir University, while Dr. Shazia took over as Coordinator of the Center for Central Asian Studies (CCAS). Women’s Studies and Research (CWSR) University.

Prior to becoming Director of CCAS, Professor Tabasum served as Director of CWSR. She was previously a supervisor from 2008 to 2015 and also deputy director UGC-HRDC KU from 2014 to 2016.

Professor Tabasum holds an MA and PhD in Political Science and International Relations, respectively, from the University of Kashmir and his areas of specialization are Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran. Her books include Gendering Women in the 21st Century: Critical Perspectives 2021; Political reforms in Uzbekistan, 2015; Strategies for Peace in Central Asia, 2009; Central Asia: Defense Strategies and Security Issues, 2004 and Central Asia; Security and Strategic Imperatives, 2002. She is a Visiting Fellow, Center for International Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, Honorary Fellow IRSEA, Bucharest, Romania and Fellow of the Eurasian Forum, Geneva.

Meanwhile, Dr. Shazia, an assistant professor at the CWSR, holds a master’s degree in sociology and a doctorate in women’s studies from the Advanced Center for Women’s Studies, Aligarh Muslim University. She worked as a research officer at the State Resource Center for Women.

Dr. Shazia has presented around 30 research papers at national and international seminars and conferences in the country. Her current research interests include gender relations and performative practices in Kashmir.

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