Weapons of Magic: Afghan Women Asserting Voice via the Net


  • Beverly Bickel

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    1. Director of the English Language Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a doctoral student in the Language, Literacy and Culture program at UMBC. Her research interests focus on the social construction of cross-cultural and oppositional knowledge and discourses through computer-mediated communications, and include collaborative teaching and learning across discipline and national boundaries. Her own teaching and curriculum design experiences span early childhood through university level programs focused on ESOL, literacy and language. She has worked with teachers from the US and abroad on inquiry-based professional development for K-12 schools, community-based organizations, community colleges and universities.
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In the global struggle over discourse and knowledge after 9/11, the voices of otherwise silenced women in Afghanistan were significantly amplified on the Internet. RAWA.org demonstrates how a Web site contended with discourses of fundamentalism and war while envisioning democracy and constructing new leadership identities for women.