ADAB FESTIVAL PAKISTAN: 1, 2, 3 FEBRUARY 2019 Governor’s House, Karachi,

*Adab Fest organizers reserve the right to change the programme at any time. Effort will be made to adhere to this programme.

Throughout Adab Fest: •Author Signings •Education Fair •Food Court •Book Fair •EMedia Rooms

 FRIDAY, 1 FEBRUARY 2019

INAUGURATION, GETZ PHARMA PAVILION watch video

3:15 - 4:00 pm: Arrival of Guests

3:15 - 345 pm.Pakistan Provinces’ Cultural Dances by String Puppets. Thespianz Theatre

4:00  Speeches: Ameena Saiyid (watch video), Asif Farrukhi (watch video), Khalid Mahmood (watch video), Stefan Winkler, Governor of Sindh, Imran Ismail

Keynote speeches: Ishrat Husain (watch video), Arfa Sayeda Zehra (watch video),  Seyyed Vali Nasr (watch video).

MC Pomme Gohar

The Adab Festival-Getz PharmaFiction Prize 2019 Award Ceremony Watch Video

Sindhi folk dance by Sumaira Ali’s group (Sumaira, Veronica Fazal, Tayyaba Abdul Rehman, Muhammad Aalam Khan, Taimoor Dada) group celebrating the peacock’s dance. Music: (Mor Tho Tile Rana by Zarina Baloch). Watch video

   

 

Getz Pharma Pavilion

Thar Foundation Pavilion

Haleeb Pioneer Pavilion

Careem Pavilion

6.30 – 8.00 pm

LAUNCH: NASIM ZEHRA’S FROM KARGIL TO THE COUP: EVENTS THAT SHOOK PAKISTAN

Hameed Haroon, Najmuddin Shaikh, Gen (R) Waseem Ghazi, Shahid Amin

Ahmed Rashid

with the author 

Moderator:

Mosharraf Zaidi

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KARACHI: ENCROACHMENTS AND DEMOLITIONS

Faisal Siddiqui, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Muhammad Toheed, Noman Ahmad

Moderator: Rumana Husain

On 27 October 2018 the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered encroachments in Karachi to be removed within 15 days: from November onwards heavy machinery has been employed to clear the ‘encroachments,’ beginning from Saddar, and including Empress Market. 

This campaign has disrupted not only the supply chain of different commodities but also destroyed homes in places like Macchar Colony in Lyari. 

According to some estimates, over 7,000 shops and stalls across some 20 markets have been affected, and innumerable other commercial and residential facilities stand in danger, directly affecting hundreds of thousands of workers and their dependents.

How does one define an ‘encroachment’? Is it morally justifiable to demolish encroachments which came up due to lack of planning by and with the collusion and consent of State authorities? 

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CONTEXTUALIZING FEMINISM 

How are women’s empowerment, autonomy, human (including sexuality and reproductive) rights, and economic justice reflected in the work of panelists Fatema Hassan, Hani Baloch, Maheen Usmani, Maniza Naqvi, Saira Shah Halim, Severine Minot, and panel chair, Fawzia Afzal-Khan. Are indigenous and Western feminisms mutually distinctive? How is the fight against patriarchal nationalisms, and resistance against colonialist and imperialist feminism conjoined? What about the tension between feminists reclaiming Islam, vs secular Islamic feminists? How do local resistances such as sexual harassment, enter the fray? Can we learn anything from #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter? What do we make of Amna Chaudhury’s claim that ‘good’ Pakistani feminism cannot fundamentally change society” because “polite negotiation will not lead to transgressing the boundaries that continue to control, and domesticate, women.” (Himal, Oct 2018). Do we need, then, to become “bad feminists”?

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THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION: ACCESSING THE UNSEEN IN THE ISLAMIC TRADITION

Nur Sobers-Khan, Francisco Jose Luis

Moderator: Waleed Ziad

Islamic civilization has set as one of its priorities the notion of ihsan, one that combines beauty and spirituality into one indivisible imperative.  Professors Nur Sobers-Khan, Waleed Ziad, and Francisco Luis will engage in a discussion on ihsan and the esoteric traditions in Islam, touching on topics ranging from aesthetics, the perception of beauty, dream interpretation, Islamic psychology, spiritual travel and wayfaring, divine energy, and meditative practices. This panel will address systems of thought, belief and bodily practice that have been marginalised after the advent of colonialism and modernity, and how to revive and restore them to their centrality in our ways of understanding ourselves and the world.

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FRIDAY, 1 FEBRUARY, 8 PM: Qawwali by Saami Brothers brought to Adab Fest by I AM KARACHI


SATURDAY, 2 FEBRUARY 2019 

9:00 - 9:30 am. String Puppet Dances. Thespianz Theatre. Getz Pharma Pavilion

 

Getz Pharma Pavilion

Thar Foundation Pavilion

Haleeb  Pioneer Pavilion

 Careem Pavilion

Sat 2 Feb 9:45- to 10:45am

A CONVERSATION WITH SEYYED VALI NASR

Salim Raza

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SAYED  AMJAD  HUSSAIN will talk on (1)  the Partition of India seen through the prism of literature

and (2) Does risqué poetry have a place in Urdu literature?

Moderator: Syed Nomanul Haq

While some western societies have allowed the public expression of risque poetry, it remains out of bound in most cultures even though it continues to thrive and be passed on orally in all cultures/languages.

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Rafi Ahmad Khan, Akbar Allahabadi, Josh Malihabadi, Syed Wali Muhammad Nazeerabadi, Muhammad Sanaullah Dar Meera Ji and Shan ul Haq Haqqi are some literary names who have expressed themselves in this genre. Respected critics have opined positively about risqué poetry, e.g. Abu Allais Siddiqi, Gian Chand Jain, Hasirat Mohani, Noon Meem Raashid, Krishan Chander and Josh Malihabadi.

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Sat 2 Feb

11 am - 12 noon

CONVERSATION WITH AMAR JALEEL

Noorul Huda Shah. Moderator: Shah Muhammad Pirzado

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 11:00-11:30 LAUNCH: IRSHAD ABDUL KADIR’S PRODIGAL AND DERIABAD CHRONICLES

Sibtain Naqvi with the author

Session did not take place because of author no-show


11:30-12:00 LAUNCH: KULIYAT-E-SUROOR

کلیات سرور بارہ بنکوی

 Iftikhar Arif and Hoori Noorani

Moderator: Inaam Nadeem

Ceremonial book presentation to

Iftikhar Arif by Suroor Barabankvi’s son,

Syed Arif Sayeed

LAUNCH: JAVED JABBAR’S WHAT IS PAKISTANIAT?

Nadya Chishty Mujahid with the author

" ..this is possibly the first-ever book to attempt a numerical identification of the 41 constituent elements ( 30 positive, 11 negative )

that shape the unique national identity of the Pakistani people .."  from the Preface.

" ..a most thoughtful , comprehensive yet concise analysis...a remarkable book.." --- Dr Sajjad Iqbal, USA, author, Swimming Upstream

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THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF WOMEN’S TRAVEL WRITING IN URDU

Daniel Majchrowicz will discuss his research on the history of the Urdu safarnama, with a focus on his soon-to-be-published study of travel writing by women in Urdu and Punjabi. The travel account hardly existed in Urdu before the mid-nineteenth century – why did it suddenly appear, and why and when did women begin to take up the genre themselves? This talk will provide an introduction to this fascinating but forgotten field, with ample quotations from Urdu’s earliest women travel authors themselves.

Moderator: Dr Yaqoob Bangash
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Sat 2 Feb 12.15 - 1.15 pm

LAUNCH. GENERAL FIDA HUSSAIN MALIK’S BALOCHISTAN: A CONFLICT OF NARRATIVES

Zobaida Jalal and Tariq Khosa, with the author

Moderator: Omayr Saiyid

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SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UNDER CPEC  

Ishrat Husain, Zahid Husain, Fatemeh Aman,

Moderator. Vaqar Ahmed

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A TALK BY AFTAB NABI ON COLONIAL RULE IN  SINDH FROM 1843 TO 1947 WITH A FOCUS ON THE HUR INSURGENCY OF 1941-46,

THE EVENTS LEADING TO THE IMPOSITION OF MARTIAL LAW OF 1942 - 43 AND THE REPRESSION UNLEASHED DURING THAT MARTIAL LAW PERIOD

 Mehtab Rashdi,  Zaituna Umar, Yaqoob Bangash
Moderator:
Masood Lohar

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WHO'S AFRAID OF UMERA AHMAD?

“Literature...and the people related to it have done us a great service by expelling us from their ranks. We have become closer to the common people...if it is true that literature has been proven the guiding torch during..difficult times of a nation’s history, then in 21st-century Pakistan, this role will be realized by the works of “popular fiction writers,” not by those of elite artists (adīb).”  Umera Ahmad. “Introduction,” Mein nē Khvābōñ Kā Shajar Dēkhā (Lahore: Ilm-o Irfan Publishers, 2016), 9.

The bestselling and most influential novels written post-9/11 are by popular writers such as Ahmad, Farhat Ishtiaq, Bushra Rehman, Hashim Nadeem, and Nimra Ahmad. This LUMS student-led panel (Hammad Abdullah Nazar, Mahnoor Nadeem, and Muhammad Umar Habib) will contemplate on what this means for Pakistani readers and consumers of fiction, the possible dangers that these novels engender, and the condition of Pakistani literature.Moderator: Dr Maryam Wasif Khan.

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Sat

2 Feb 1.25 to 2:05 pm

LAUNCH. PEERZADA SALMAN’S FIRST COLLECTION OF URDU POEMS, WAQT

Syed Nomanul Haq and Iftikhar Arif with the author

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 IS LIFE WORTH LIVING? FINDING HOPE IN PAKISTAN

Dr Murad Moosa, Dr Ayesha Mian, Azfar Naqvi

Moderator: Zarrar Khuhro 

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ZAMBEEL DRAMATIC READINGS: SAFAR KAHAANI

The railway network has transported millions across the subcontinent since 1853, creating narratives in the personal as well

as the collective imaginations. Train journeys are salient in Urdu literature, particularly in accounts related to the Partition.

In Reserve Seat by Intizar Hussain, Barri Bu is anxious to interpret her recent dreams, particularly

the one that finds her on a railway station.

Direction: Fawad Khan

Aik Shauhar ki Khatir: Written in the first person, Ismat Chughtai’s humorous account of encounters in a

women’s compartment of a train reveals perceptions about women in pre-Partition India.

 Direction: Asma Mundrawala

Performers: Asma Mundrawala, Fawad Khan, and Shama Askari.

Music: Danish Faruqi

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LAUNCH. OSAMA SIDDIQUE’S SNUFFING OUT THE MOON

Muneeza Shamsie and Maniza Naqvi with the author 

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Sat 2 Feb

2.15 - 3.15 pm

RENDERING KARACHI ON THE PAGE: HM NAQVI IN CONVERSATION WITH MARVI MAZHAR ON THE SELECTED WORKS OF ABDULLAH THE COSSACK. (THIS IS THE FIRST LAUNCH/EVENT FOR THIS BOOK)

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شاعری میں نئی ایجاد

SHAERI MEIN NAYEE EEJAAD (NEW SENSIBILITY IN URDU POETRY)

A different ethos emerged in Urdu poetry as a new kind of poetry began to appear with Azra Abbas and Afzal Ahmed Syed in the lead and including Tanveer Anjum and other poets.

Azra Abbas, Afzal Ahmed Syed and Tanveer Anjum define and recall the change as they recite selected poems and converse with Asif Farrukhi 

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THE PAKISTANI START-UP ECOSYSTEM: POSSIBILITIES AND CHALLENGES 

Tez Financial Services Co-founder Naureen Hyat,

Dawaai.pk founder Furquan Kidwai, 

Tapmad.com Founder, CEO Yassir Pasha.

Moderator: Planet N Founder and CEO, Nadeem Hussain

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EDUCATION AS IDEOLOGY

Education professors Tania Saeed (LUMS and Dilshad Ashraf (AKUIED),  with LUMS History professors Ali Raza, Ali Usman Qasmi, and Anushay Malik -- discuss how public & private school Urdu and Pakistan Studies textbooks inculcate statist narratives despite numerous studies calling for change. Some changes were incorporated into education policy in the early 2000s after which new textbooks improved somewhat, but ideological content continues to be the thrust of national and provincial government educational policies. Moderator: Ali Raza

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Sat 2 Feb

3.30 - 4.30 pm

BUSS BHAI, BUSS! ZYADA BAAT NAHI CHIEF SAAB

Fasi Zaka & Nadeem Farooq Paracha (NFP) do a casual and humorous retrospective of NFP’s career in cultural commentary, focusing on urban pop culture and the interplay of TV, film, & music with socio-economic drivers Watch video 

LAUNCH:TARIQ KHOSA’S INCONVENIENT TRUTHS. PAKISTAN’S GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES

Harris Khalique and Niaz Ahmed Siddiki with the author

Moderator: Huma Baqai

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EACPE  DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENINGS AND AWARDS

Khusro Mumtaz, Muqeem Khan

Moderator: Sibtain Naqvi

3:30-4 pm LAUNCH: SHAZAF FATIMA HAIDER’S A FIREFLY IN THE DARK

 Afia Aslam with the author

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4-4:30 pm LAUNCH: SABYN JAVERI’S HIJABISTAN

 

 Nimra Bucha with the author

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Sat 2 Feb

4.45-5.45 pm

A CONVERSATION WITH MUSTANSAR HUSSAIN TARAR

Harris Khalique

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FROM PASSIVE TO PRO-ACTIVE: PROMOTING MEDIA LITERACY IN PAKISTAN

The importance of developing critical thinking and analytical

skills so that media consumers can demand a more responsible,

ethical, and professional media.

Tasneem Ahmar  Javed Jabbar, Zarrar Khuhro, Wusatullah Khan  Moderator Farieha Aziz

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 A TRIBUTE TO FAHMIDA RIAZ

Anis Haroon, Attiya Dawood, Najma Manzoor, Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, Ameena Saiyid

Moderator: Asif Farrukhi

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KARACHI OF THE 1950S AND 1960S

Ghazi Salahuddin, Maniza Naqvi, Dr Sher Shah Syed

Moderator.

Kamran Asdar Ali

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Sat

2 Feb

6–8 pm

URDU MUSHAIRA

  Inaam Nadeem (mezbaan); Usama Ameer; Waheed Noor;

Kashif Hussain Ghayer (Ghyre); Nasira Zuberi; Harris Khalique; Fazil Jamili;

Tasnim Abidi; Ajmal Siraj; Mir Ahmed Navaid; Humaira Rahman; Tanveer Anjum;

Fatema Hassan; Sarwer Javed; Afzal Ahmed Syed; Naseer Turabi;

 Anwar Shaoor; Kishwar Naheed; Iftikhar Arif (sadr)

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6-6:30 PM LAUNCH. IMRANA MAQSOOD’S SUBHA KA NASHTA, SHAAM KI CHAI

Asif Noorani and  Shaha Tariq Jamshed,  daughter of Zubeda Tariq (Zubeda Apa), were in conversation with the author

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SCREENING OF SHEHRBANO SAIYID’S THE UNKNOWN MOUNTAINEERS

 followed by Q&A with the Director and others from Gilgit Baltistan featured in the film

The first feature film ever made in Wakhi language. Winner of Best Documentary at DCSAFF (Washington DC South Asian Film Festival)

6:00-6:30 pm: LAUNCH TEHMINA KHAN’S THINGS SHE COULD NEVER HAVE

Nadya Chishty-Mujahid and Shazaf Haider with the author

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SUNDAY  3 FEBRUARY 2019

10:00 - 10:30  am. String Puppet Dances. Thespianz Theatre. Getz Pharma Pavilion

 

Getz Pharma Pavilion

Thar Foundation Pavilion 

Haleeb  Pioneer Pavilion

Careem Pavilion

Sun 3 Feb 11 am - 12 noon

USHERING IN A NEW ERA OF YOUTH ACTIVISM: HOPE OR DESPAIR? 

Faisal Siddiqi, Jibran Nasir, Alia Amirali

Moderator: Palvasha Shahab

A diverse spectrum of activists discuss opportunities for activism (particularly for youth-driven movements in Pakistan) in moments of rupture/breakdown. Pakistan operates under a certain degree of anarchy, and a continuing lack of  access to justice. How can legal activism, political activism, and social-cultural activism empower the marginalized? Why is it important to bring the marginalized into the fold of  ‘rule of law’?

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PAKISTAN IN THE SECOND GLOBALIZATION

WE MISSED OUT ON THE WESTERN-LED, POST-1980 WAVE:  CAN WE CATCH THE BUS ON THE SECOND, CHINA-LED ONE?

Speakers:

Mushtaq Khan, Asad Sayeed, Ehsan Malik, and Saquib Shirazi

Moderator: Salim Raza

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A DRAMATIC PRESENTATION ON P. G. WODEHOUSE BY RICHARD HELLER

 Moderator: Lynette Viccaji

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11-11:30am LAUNCH: HANI BALOCH’S ZIND AE AADINK (THE MIRROR OF LIFE)  

Sheema Kermani and Amar Sindhu with the author


11:30-12pm LAUNCH: ALEEYA KHAN’S

HOUSE

Moderator: Basit Usman with the author

Sun 3 Feb

12.15- 1.15 pm

 A CONVERSATION WITH AHMED RASHID

Zahid Husain and Fatemeh Aman

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BOOK LAUNCH: SAIF MAHMOOD’S

BELOVED DELHI

Asif Farrukhi and Zehra Nigah talk with the author about Mughal Delhi, its syncretic culture and its great Urdu poets from Sauda

and Mir to Ghalib and Daagh

دلّی جو ایک شہر تھا

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LIFE IN KARACHI  DURING AYUB KHAN’S RULE

30-minute talk by Lt Col  Ian Vaughan-Arbuckle, followed by conversation with Ghazi Salahuddin and Sher Shah Syed

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EDUCATION EMERGENCY! 22.6 MILLION CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL: EXPANDING PARTNERSHIPS OR  SHRINKING SPACE FOR  PRIVATE SECTOR?
According to government statistics 22.6 million children are out of school (NES 2016-17), down by 3 million from 25.8 million children in 2014.15. Even children who are in school may not be learning well as recorded annually by the Sindh-government-commissioned Sukkur IBA SAT Scores, and the citizen led learning survey by ASER/ITA Pakistan.  

How should we address the challenges of access, equity, quality and governance? On one hand we have the successful launch of the Education Management Organizations (EMOs) in Sindh through the PPP Node, with non-state actors financing, and managing new and old government schools and teacher training facilities. But, on the other there has been rising judicial activism on rolling back fee increments by private sector schools to protect households and families from unbridled escalations that pinch disposable incomes. Article 25 A on the right to education expects private sector schools to support 10% students free of cost in Pakistan without any public sector subsidies. There is clearly a crisis that needs every partner to support public effort to achieve a constitutional right and the global Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and SDG 4 on education. The recent manifestos of our political parties embrace partnerships for education (PTI); the New Deal 2018-2023 and the National Education Policy (NEP) Framework 2018 speak progressively about partnerships. The New Deal 2018-2023 speaks about  a 'robust yet flexible' framework to streamline efforts of private actors to ensure value for money in areas of teaching quality, recruitment, infrastructure and school management etc.  What is the score so far in Naya Pakistan’s early days ? Is there a trend towards expansion of partnerships or shrinking space for the private sector?    Zobaida Jalal, Shahid Siddiqui, Shehzad Roy, Salma Alam, Faisal Mushtaq, Ameena Saiyid,

Moderator: Baela Raza Jamil

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Sun 3 Feb 1.25-2:05 pm

LAUNCH: SYED KASHIF RAZA’S CHAAR DARWESH AUR EK KACHWA 

چار درویش اور ایک کچھوا

Mohammad Hanif with the author

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LAUNCH.

KISHWAR NAHEED’S 

SHIRIN SUKHANI SAY PARAY

شیریں سُخنی سے پرے

Zaheda Hina and Ajmal Siraj with the author

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MAKING MUSIC IN KARACHI: A TALK BY SHARIF AWAN

Moderator: Rafay Mehmood

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LAUNCH. MAHEEN USMANI’S THE MERCURIAL MR BHUTTO AND OTHER STORIES 

Sarwat Gillani and Fahad Mirza with the author.

Moderator: Shafaat Ali
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Sun 3 Feb

2.15 - 3.15 pm

BOOK LAUNCH: URDU TRANSLATION OF

ALYS FAIZ’S MEMOIRS,

Over My Shoulder

کب یاد میں تیرا ساتھ نہیں

kab yaad meñ terā saath nahīñ

Speakers:

Zehra Nigah and Nayyar Rubab (translator)

Moderator: Moneeza Hashmi,

Readings by: Sania Saeed

Screening of short film on Alys Faiz

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LAUNCH: FAROOQ BAJWA’S FROM KUTCH TO TASHKENT: THE INDO-PAKISTAN WAR OF 1965 

Syed Javed Husain, Nauman Naqvi

with the author

Moderator. Omayr Aziz Saiyid

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LAUNCH: AYESHA KHAN’S THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT IN PAKISTAN: ACTIVISM, ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY

Anis Haroon, Amar Sindhu,  Uzma Noorani, Sultana Siddiqui with the author

Moderator. Kausar Saeed Khan

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WHAT ABOUT THE REST? CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES IN NATIONAL LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY

Suleman Shahid, Inaam Nadeem, Zahid Hassan

Moderator: Gwen Kirk

The mother-tongue of most Pakistanis is not Urdu, but too few institutions teach Balochi, Pashto, Punjabi, Sindhi etc, as second languages. The rare institutions that are developing programs to teach these face not only academic and infrastructural, but also ideological challenges questioning the value of teaching these languages, and the skills required to teach them. Teaching diverse Pakistani languages as second languages can contribute to a more just and interconnected society. How can teachers develop material to serve both heritage and non-heritage students? How can digital technologies help?

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Sun 3 Feb

3.30 - 4.30 pm

LAUNCH: MOHAMMED HANIF’S RED BIRDS

Saira Shah Halim with the author

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LAUNCH:  IFTIKHAR SALAHUDDIN’S IF STONES COULD SPEAK. ECHOES FROM THE PAST

Javed Jabbar with the author.

Session presided over by Zehra Nigah

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 LAUNCH: URDU EDITION OF PETER OBORNE’S WOUNDED TIGER: A HISTORY OF CRICKET IN PAKISTAN

Richard Heller, Najum Latif, Qamar Ahmed with the author

Moderator: Dr Saad Shafqat 

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BLESSED ARE THE STRANGERS:  HOW THE ISLAMIC TRADITION CAN

HELP US DEAL WITH EXILE AND ALIENATION

and

 ISLAMOPHOBIA IN GERMANY: ORIGINS AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN GERMAN PUBLIC DISCOURSE

Talks by Stefan Weidner

Moderator: Kamran Asdar Ali

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Sun 3 Feb

4.45-

5.45 pm

TRANSFORMATION AND RESISTANCE: THE CHANGING ART LANDSCAPE IN PAKISTAN

Salima Hashmi, Mohammad Zeeshan, Adeela Suleman. Moderator: Rabeya Jalil

The diversity and depth of art-making in Pakistan was evident in the Karachi and Lahore biennales. While internationally established names took centre stage, the periphery was also noticed. Art-making as a consequential facet of contemporary Pakistan was reinforced, at least in these urban centres. Although some viewed the events as a culmination of recent art history, many of the evolving concerns have yet to be reflected in the public domain.

 

The rationale of new critical practices stems from the widening of the geographical /physical /cultural 'catchment' area; expanding mechanisms of opportunity and access for would-be artists, and the entry of global patronage and virtual platforms via the internet. The dispersal of art teachers to smaller 'centres' has instigated a mushrooming of visual expression, while political tensions in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have brought aspirants to Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore in growing numbers. Public art has drawn together artists, academia and activists, while curatorial practices have united cultural anthropologists, writers, art historians and practitioners in unexpected ways.

The visual presentation will dwell on and summarise some of these discernible tracks and attempt to explore the compulsions shaping recent art practices.

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PAKISTAN’S POPULATION PREROGATIVE: A TALK BY MEHTAB KARIM

Discussants: Asif Iqbal and Javed Jabbar

 Moderator: Yasmeen Qazi

The talk focuses on the 2017 census which was conducted 19 years, after the previous (1998) one. Yet, over a year later, the official results have not yet been released. Preliminary results indicate that the 2017 census indicated that during the past 20 years, Pakistan’s population has been growing at 2.4% per annum, and exceeded 213 million in 2018, having increased by about 79 million during the last 20 years. The 2017-18 Pakistan Demographic & Health surveys indicate that the fertility rate in Pakistan has remained much higher than that in other South Asian countries.  This population growth in Pakistan has resulted in poor health indicators particularly of women and children; increasing illiteracy; poverty and rapid urban growth. http://www.spdc.org.pk/Data/Publication/PDF/SPDC%20CENSUS%20REPORT-Final-%2027th%20Aug%202018.pdf

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A CONVERSATION WITH , CRAIG MURRAY, AUTHOR OF SIKUNDER BURNES AND MURDER IN SAMARKAND

Ayesha Tammy Haq and Arieb Azhar

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LAUNCH: OSAMA SIDDIQUE’S PAKISTAN’S EXPERIENCE WITH FORMAL LAW: AN ALIEN JUSTICE

 Farooq Bajwa and Saif Mahmood with the author

CLOSING CEREMONY, Getz Pharma Pavillion  Sunday, 3  February 2019 Watch video

 6 - 7. 15  p.m.