Pakistan’s pride, the researcher and writer, Daanish Mustafa, has bagged the British Academy’s award for notable work ‘Mapping the Wounded Landscape of Swat Valley: from Taliban Violence and Iconoclasm to Social Growth and Reconciliation’.
The British academy grants the award for its Heritage, Dignity and Violence Programme 2019.
The project of the Pakistani researcher is still in process and aims to map the ways people in Swat are recovering from the incidents of violence and fear experienced during the Taliban insurgency in the valley.
The award winner, Mustafa took to Twitter to announce the news.
Pleased to announce award of @BritishAcademy_ heritage dignity violence programme with James Caron @SOAS, Sarah de Nardi @denardi77 @westernsydneyu & Arab Naz @MalakandUniv on ‘Mapping the Wounded Landscape of Swat Valley’ #Pakistan @kclgeography https://t.co/AByRPQkKgD
— Daanish Mustafa 🦉 دانش مُصطفیٰ (@Daanibhai) December 17, 2019
“The research team is seeking to bring to the fore the traces of violence and destruction through community-based projects that also reclaim sense of place and reanimate the significance of the Taliban-damaged heritage within a peace building process in Swat,” the project’s abstract states.
The writer is a student of politics and environment at the department of geography at King’s College in London. The recent projects of Mustafa concern gender performativity and violence in Pakistan.
He was the co-author of the first climate change response strategies for Pakistan and is the lead author for the UNDP Pakistan five-year flood response strategy.