SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

S. Paniz Musawi Natanzi

BA (Free University of Berlin), MSc (SOAS, University of London)
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Paniz Musawi Natanzi
Ms S. Paniz Musawi Natanzi
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Thesis title:
Young Women’s Visual Knowledge Production in Kabul: Making Contemporary Art in Times of On-going Insecurities
Year of Study:
Year of entry 2014
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Paniz holds a BA in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin’s Otto Suhr Institute (2013) and an MSc in Comparative Political Thought from SOAS (2014). During her BA, Paniz studied Political Science at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where she was a student of Jasbir K. Puar and active in ‘nasawiyya – a feminist collective’. Since 2014 she has been involved with contemporary women artists and the ʺCentre for Contemporary Art Afghanistanʺ in Kabul and is volunteering for ʺEnabled Children Initiative - Supporting Orphans with Special Needs in Afghanistanʺ since June 2015.

PhD Research

The research project Young Women’s Visual Knowledge Production in Kabul: Making Contemporary Art in Times of On-going Insecurities contextualises women’s making of contemporary art as a form of knowledge production taking place in the geopolitical scenario shaped by US-led liberal “peace-building” and on-going military occupation.

Examining the potential of contemporary art to function as a means to express embodied experience in Kabul and critical observations on Afghanistan, the research project analyses the impact of geopolitics, realised through the politics of liberal peace, on women artist’s everyday process of visual knowledge production and on the themes of their artwork.  


Book Chapter: 

Musawi Natanzi, Paniz ‘The Mad (Wo)Man Poet of New Iranian Poetry in the 1950s-1960s: The Legacy of Majnun in Ahmad Shamlu’s and Forugh Farrokhzad’s Love Poetry’. In: Alshaer, A. (Ed.) The Poetry of Love in Middle Eastern Literatures. London and New York: Hurst & Co and Columbia University Press; Forthcoming

  • Musawi Natanzi, Paniz (2013) ‘De-orientalizing ‘the harem.’ The crux of representation in post colonial studies’. l’imparfait, no. 5, March, pp. 96-98.
  • Musawi Natanzi, Paniz (2013) ‘Verzerrung der Realitäten.’ taz. die tageszeitung, 12 February, p. 15.
  • Musawi Natanzi, Paniz (2013) ‘Von Marionetten, Minderheiten und Bomben.’ taz. die tageszeitung, 28 June, p.24
  • Musawi Natanzi, Paniz (2013) ‘Die Faszination des Anderen.’ taz. die tageszeitung, 4 July, p. 6.
  • Musawi Natanzi, Paniz (2013) ‘Im Rhythmus der Verdammten dieser Erde.’ taz. die tageszeitung, 29 July, p. 15.
  • Musawi Natanzi, Paniz (2013) ‘Psalm, Sure und persische Mystik swingen zusammen.’ taz. die tageszeitung, 7 August
  • Musawi Natanzi, Paniz (2013) ‘Wird mein Kind in dieser Gesellschaft dazugehören?’ taz. die tageszeitung, 8 August, p. 24.
  • Musawi Natanzi, Paniz (2013) ‘Globales Lernen.’ taz. die tageszeitung, 17/18 August, p. 48.


Heinrich Böll Foundation


Comparative political thought, political theory (poststructuralism, postcolonialism, feminist and queer studies), feminist geopolitics