Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) London held in partnership with Bloomsbury Pakistan at Southbank Centre as part of Alchemy festival on 20 May 2017, the programme included sixty-five speakers. The Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), produced by the University Press (OUP) Pakistan, is Pakistan’s biggest literary event. It has been a resounding success since its launch in March 2010. The KLF is a reflection of Pakistan’s historical roots as expressed in a multiplicity of languages and in various forms of writing. The first of a kind in Pakistan, it is open to all and bring together authors writing in diverse languages and genres. They feature debates, discussions, lectures, mushaira, a book fair, book launches, readings, signings, comedy, satire, theatre, film screenings, music, and dance. KLF London 2017 Programme
Freedom of Speech in Higher Education Institutions in Pakistan. In the aftermath of Mashal Khan’s killing by the mob in Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Bloomsbury Pakistan organised the seminar, Prof Asad Ahmed and Dr Asad Sayeed were the speakers at the seminar.
A delegation of twenty-five Vice-Chancellors of various universities in Pakistan was hosted by Bloomsbury Pakistan. Dr David Taylor and Dr Farid Panjwani gave lectures on the higher education in UK and Pakistan. The lectures focused on capacity building and long-term vision for the higher education in Pakistan and the lessons to be learnt from UK Higher Education. Download PowerPoint Presentation by Dr Farid Panjwani
Discussion group with Prof. Kamran Asdar Ali on his book ‘Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947-72’ published by OUP Pakistan in 2015, the international edition is published by I.B.Tauris. Prof. Amin Mughal is the discussant. Video recording of the discussion.
Bacha Khan Lecture: The relevance of Bacha Khan and the non-violent Khudai Khidmatgar movement (1930-1947) in the contemporary world. Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of the South Asia Centre at LSE and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded her doctorate from the University of Oxford where she worked on Bacha Khan, published as The Pathan Unarmed: Opposition and Memory in the North West Frontier (2001). Dr. James Caron is the Director of Centre for the Study of Pakistan (CSP) at SOAS, University of London. His academic research is on Pakhtuns, Pushto literature and its regional history & politics. Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai hails from Swat, Pakistan. He is an activist whose primary focus is on girls’ education. Video recording of the lecture.
Panel Discussion on Honour Killings in Pakistan. Dr. Nafisa Shah MNA and Mr. Salman Raja analysed the legal, political and social anthropology perceptive of honour killings on Wednesday 27th July 2016. Dr. Nafisa Shah has done PhD on Honour Killings at the University of Oxford. The Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan is publishing her book ‘Honour Unmasked’ which is based on her PhD research.
Panel Discussion: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): A fate-changer? with Dr. Daanish Mustafa, Dr. Haider Shah and Mr. Rafiullah Kakar
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Discussion with Dr. Marie Lall on her paper”Engaging the youth – citizenship and political participation in Pakistan” (2014) Commonwealth & Comparative Politics Volume 52, Issue 4.
The discussion was organised with Dr. Asad Sayeed on his publications ”Institutional Basis of Militancy in Tribal Areas of Pakistan” published in the book Civil Wars in South Asia: State, Sovereignty, Development (2014) and his forthcoming publication on militancy in Swat. The report based on discussion in the workshop
Pashto translation of the report
Bloomsbury Pakistan May Day discussion group: A discussion with Dr. Kamal Munir was held on his paper ‘The Abject Condition of Labor in Pakistan: A Report from the Field’ forthcoming in International Labor and Working Class History. Please send us comments on the paper.
Panel Discussion with Kashmiri academics on recent state violence in Kashmir. Chair: Ms. Victoria Schofield, Panellists: Prof. Dibyesh Anand, Dr. Nitasha Kaul and Ms. Mehroosh Tak.
Bloomsbury Pakistan had a study group with Haris Gazdar. It focused on (i) Scholarly work and political engagement and (ii) The decline of left in Pakistan. Given the engaging debate it generated, the group would like to have another session with Haris Gazdar covering these areas.
Discussion on ”Language, Identity and Politics in Pakistan. Dr. Tariq Rahman is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Bloomsbury Pakistan. Download PowerPoint Presentation
Bloomsbury Pakistan had a meeting with Dr. Akbar Zaidi. Dr. Zaidi’s research focuses on development, governance, and political economy in South Asia. The objectives of Bloomsbury Pakistan were discussed in the meeting. He also updated the group members on recent developments in academic research and activism in Pakistan.
Dr. Ali Usman Qasmi on ”Pakistan’s Ahmadi Problem: History and Politics”. The discussion was based on his book ”The Ahmadis and the Politics of Religious Exclusion in Pakistan” published in 2014. A related paper published by Dr. Qasmi on the subject; ”Pakistan’s Ahmadi Religious Minority: Attacked, Impoverished and Ghettoized”.
Arif Naveed discussed his paper,‘Making ‘Impact Factor’ Impactful: Universities, Think Tanks and Policy Research in Pakistan’.
Documentary Screening: The Sorrow and Joy – Remembering Hussein’s Martyrdom in Hyderabad, Pakistan. The documentary shows regional music, drumming and bodily performances during the 10-day ritual observances of Hussein’s martyrdom. It is written, directed and produced by Ashok Kumar, he is an anthropologist.
Bloomsbury Pakistan collaborated with Gallup Pakistan on the survey to increase Sikh tourism to religious sites in Punjab, Pakistan. It’s the World Bank and the Government of Punjab research project. The Questionnaire was completed by the participants. The report will be uploaded on it’s completion.
‘Does Aid Cause Conflict in Pakistan?.’ by Dr Nadia Tahir accepted for publication by the Defence and Peace Economics. We had extensive consultation on the paper and on the topic in general. Despite critiques of the paper we have received, it has generated highly engaging debate in the group