I am a PhD researcher based at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. My thesis will reflect outcomes of a walked ethnography in the Afghan Pamirs. The seemingly remote position of the northeastern tip of Afghanistan opens still to a variety of exchanges. I am particularly interested in the way people’s longing for and effective connections to global trends relate to their striving for relative autonomy and well-being. These desires and connections are far from transient and intangible. They materialize in styles, dress and forms while at the same time stigmatize people’s limited access to the global flow of commodities.