Annual Bacha Khan Lecture 2022: Pashtun Women and Education
Speakers: Dr Wiqar Ali Shah is the former Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University. He is the author of several books.  His research focuses on Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Khudai Khidmatgars, gender, tribal areas and Afghanistan. He was awarded PhD from the University of Oxford. Discussant: Dr James Caron is an academic at SOAS. His academic research is on Pakhtuns, Pushto literature and history & politics of the region. Chair: Dr Mukulika Banerjee is an academic at LSE. Banerjee was awarded her doctorate from the University of Oxford where she worked on Bacha Khan, published as the book ‘The Pathan Unarmed: Opposition and Memory in the North West Frontier’. Introduction: Mr Ziauddin Yousafzai is from Swat, Pakistan. He is an activist and works on girls’ education. More details and video of the lecture

Annual Bacha Khan Lecture 2021: Empire, Power and Resistance
Speakers: Ms Sanna Ejaz a leader of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement. She is also a chairperson of the WAAK movement, a believer of non-violent political action, and a writer and researcher focused on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Dr Sanaa Alimia is an academic at AKU-ISMC. Her research focuses on Afghan migration, surveillance, and geopolitics. Dr Mahvish Ahmad is an Assistant Professor in Human Rights and Politics at the London School of Economics. She studies global military and police violence and the movements that resist them, especially in Pakistan. Introduction: Mr Ziauddin Yousafzai is from Swat. He is an activist and works on girls’ education. Held on on 21st January 2021. More detail  and video of lecture

Annual Bacha Khan Lecture 2020: Role of Civil Society and Women’s Rights

Speakers: Mr Usman Ali Olasyar is a renowned literary figure of KP, keenly interested in Pushto literature and cultural studies. He is also a social, cultural and human rights activists. Dr Mahvish Ahmad is an academic at LSE. Her PhD research looks at the history and ethnography of state violence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier which she undertook at Cambridge University. Chair: Dr James Caron is an academic at SOAS. His academic research is on Pakhtuns, Pushto literature and history & politics of the region. Introduction: Mr Ziauddin Yousafzai is from Swat, Pakistan. He is an activist and works on girls’ education. Organised by Bloomsbury Pakistan in collaboration with SOAS Pakistan Society on 23rd February 2020. More detail  and Video of the lecture.

Bacha Khan Lecture 2019: Experiments with Education for Peace in Pakistan’s History
Dr Khadim Husain is heading Bacha Khan Trust Educational, Peshawar Pakistan. He is the author of several publications including his book “Rethinking Education- Critical Discourse and Society” published in 2012. Mr Rahamat Shah Sayel is a renowned Pushto poet. The lecture was held on 9th March 2019 in collaboration with the LSE South Asia Centre. Video of the lecture

Bacha Khan Lecture 2018
Mr Mohammad Iqbal delivered the Annual Bacha Khan Lecture on 20th January 2018. Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of the South Asia Centre at LSE, chaired the lecture. Mr Mohammad Iqbal is the father of Mashal Khan who was killed by a mob at Wali Khan University. He rose above his personal suffering and transformed it into a movement to highlight the broader and deeper social, cultural and political maladies engulfing Pakistan which were responsible for the tragic death of his son. Dr Banerjee was awarded her doctorate from the University of Oxford where she worked on Bacha Khan, published as the book ‘The Pathan Unarmed: Opposition and Memory in the North West Frontier’. Video recording of the lecture. 

Bacha Khan Lecture 2016 : 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.

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