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
Book Launch – The Fragrance of Tears, my friendship with Benazir Bhutto
Ms Victoria Schofield on her book ‘The Fragrance of Tears, my friendship with Benazir Bhutto’. Panellists: Mr Aitzaz Ahsan and Prof Salima Hashmi. Prof Stephen Lyon moderated the book launch held on 9 October 2020. More details and Video of the event
Book Launch – Dying to Serve: Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army
Dr Maria Rashid on her book ‘Dying to Serve – Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army’ , Discussant: Prof Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History at the University of Oxford. Dr David Taylor chaired the book launch held on 23 September 2020. More details and Video of the event
Education and Gender – Series of Conversations on Pakistan’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis jointly hosted with ISMC-AKU. Prof Anjum Halai and Dr Huma Baqai in conversation with Dr David Taylor held on 19 August 2020. Video of the webinar
Economy and Social Welfare Programme – Series of Conversations on Pakistan’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis jointly hosted with ISMC-AKU. Dr Ismail Miftah, former Finance Minister of Pakistan, and Dr Sohail Choudhry on 8 July 2020. Video of the webinar
Health – Series of Conversations on Pakistan’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis jointly hosted with ISMC-AKU. Dr Zafar Mirza, Health Minister of Pakistan, in conversation with Prof Stephen Lyon held on 3 June 2020. Video of the webinar
Education – Series of Conversations on Pakistan’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis jointly hosted with ISMC-AKU. Dr Faisal Bari and Dr Farid Panjwani held on 6 May 2020. Prof Stephen Lyon moderated the session. Video of the webinar
Pakistan Literature Festival (PLF) London – Postponed
The Pakistan Literature Festival (PLF) London is launched by the pioneers of literature festivals, Ameena Saiyid & Asif Farrukhi, and Bloomsbury Pakistan. PLF London is a part of the movement in Pakistan to celebrate academics, writers, artists, free debate and creative expression. PLF London will take place on 20 June 2020, the programme will be announced at the beginning of 2020.
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.
Book Launch: New Perspectives on Pakistan’s Political Economy
Dr Matthew McCartney and Dr Akbar Zaidi spoke on their edited volume ‘New Perspectives on Pakistan’s Political Economy: State, Class and Social Change’. Dr Mukulika Banerjee chaired the book launch, other participants: Prof Adnan Khan and Dr Natalya Naqvi. The event took place on 15th November 2019 in collaboration with the LSE South Asia Centre. Bloomsbury Pakistan Review of the book. Book launch audio recording
Book Launch: Interpretations of Jihad in South Asia – An Intellectual History
Prof Tariq Rahman will speak on his book ‘Interpretations of Jihad in South Asia – An Intellectual History’. Dr Matthew Nelson will chair the book launch. The book focuses on the idea of jihad with its changing interpretations. The main thrust of the book is to understand how interpretations of jihad vary. Prof Francis Robinson wrote in his book review, ‘Rahman has investigated ideas of jihad in South Asia to a breadth and a depth rivalled by no other’, read the Book review published by Bloomsbury Pakistan. The book launch will take place on 31st July 2019 in collaboration with the SOAS Pakistan Society. More Details
Economics Discussion Group: Government Budget and the Provinces’ Share (NFC award)
The discussion group on Pakistan’s economy is with Dr Asad Sayeed focused on the government budget and the National Finance Commission (NFC) award. Dr Asad Sayeed is a non-statutory member of the National Finance Commission (NFC) from Sindh. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has conducted extensive research in the fields of macroeconomic policy, labour market dynamics in developing countries, poverty and social protection and political economy of corruption. The discussion group was held on 19th June 2019.
Book Launch: The Fix – Match Fixing and the Politics of Cricket.
The Fix is Omar Shahid Hamid’s fourth novel. His previous novels, The Prisoner and The Party Worker are bestsellers. Panellists: Kamila Shamsie, the renowned novelist, and Ali Bajwa QC, lawyer acted in Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing case. The event was organised in collaboration with SOAS Pakistan Society, it was held on 13th June 2019. More Details
Book Launch: The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack
H.M. Naqvi in conversation with Moni Mohsin. The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack is HM Naqvi’s second novel. His first novel, Home Boy was awarded the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2011. Moni Mohsin is a renowned Pakistani novelist based in London. The event was held on 30th April 2019. More details
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
Conference: Education in Mother Tongue and the Punjabi Language
Bloomsbury Pakistan has partnered with LUMS for the conference on the benefits of Mother Tongue Education and Punjabi language script and its computational status. We have invited these experts to participate at the conference; Dr Tony Capstick (Reading University), Sharon Correll (SIL International, Texas), Dr Gurpreet Singh Lehal (Patiala University), Dr Harvinder Singh Bhatti (Punjab University, India) and from Pakistan Dr Tariq Rahman, Dr Zubeida Mustafa, Dr Sarmad Hussain. The conference will be held on 24th February 2019 in LUMS. More details
Discussion Group on Pakistan’s Economy with Prof Akbar Zaidi
Prof Akbar Zaidi is one of Pakistan’s prolific political economists. His research focuses on development, governance, and political economy in South Asia. Apart from his interest in political economy, he also has great interest in development, the social sciences more generally, and increasingly, in History. He is the author of numerous books. Held on 18th January 2019.
Book Launch: From Kargil to the Coup – Events that Shook Pakistan
Nasim Zehra’s book From Kargil to the Coup – Events that Shook Pakistan (2018) on 23rd Oct 2018. It’s a well researched and persuasively argued, the book is mandatory reading for students of international relations and South Asia. Moderator: Ms Victoria Schofield, renowned author of several books on Kashmir, India and Pakistan. Discussant: Dr Farooq Bajwa, renowned author on history of Pakistan’s foreign policy and on 1965 Pakistan India war. In collaboration with SOAS Pakistan Society. More Details
Discussion Group on Government Debt and External Sector Competitiveness of Pakistan
The discussion group on Pakistan’s economy with Dr Asad Sayeed was held on 4 October 2018. It focused on the government debt and the external sector competitiveness of Pakistan. Dr Asad Sayeed has done seminal work on industrial development in Pakistan which was his PhD research at Cambridge University during early 1990s. Since then he has conducted extensive research in the fields of macroeconomic policy, labor market dynamics in developing countries, poverty and social protection and political economy of corruption. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Collective for Social Science Research (CSSR), Karachi, Pakistan.
Seminar: General Elections in Pakistan 2018 and its Aftermath
Prof Mohammad Waseem is a Professor of Political Science at LUMS and has extensively published on electoral politics in Pakistan. Dr Adnan Qadir Khan is Director International Growth Centre, LSE. He has extensively published on wide range of areas such as tax reform in Pakistan, governance, local government, delivery of public services in Pakistan etc. Chaired by Dr David Taylor. The event was organised in collaboration with SOAS Pakistan Society on 31st July 2018. Audio will be uploaded. News Report
Workshop on Poverty in Pakistan
Dr Sohail Choudhry was awarded his PhD from the University of Oxford where he worked on ‘Shame, Social Exclusion and Effectiveness of Anti-poverty Programmes in Pakistan’ (Publication reference). His other team members extended the project to six other countries (Publication reference). Dr Sohail Chaudry is also a civil servant, now heading the Social Projection Authority Punjab Government. Discussants: Dr Adnan Khan is the Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC) at LSE. Arif Naveed is a co-author of the report on Geography of Poverty in Pakistan which projects the measurement and drivers of poverty on regional and individual district lines. (Postponed due to weather forecast)
Life and Times of Dr Abdus Salam – Nobel Laureate 1979
Dr Abdus Salam (1926-1996) was a physicist, he received Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979. Prof Michael Duff and Dr Jonathan Butterworth will speak on the work of Dr Salam. Prof Duff worked closely with Dr. Salam at Imperial College London. He has also written books on Dr Abdus Salam. Prof. Jonathan Butterworth is the Head of the Physics and Astronomy Department at UCL. Dr Farid Panjwani chaired the seminar, he is a Senior Lecturer at IOE-UCL. The memorial seminar was held on 22nd February 2018 at UCL, it was organised in collaboration with the UCL Pakistan Society.
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Book Launch: Faith and Feminism in Pakistan
Dr Afiya Zia’s book Faith and Feminism in Pakistan: Religious Agency or Secular Autonomy (2018) on 15th May 2018.This book is essential reading for those interested in understanding the limits of Muslim women’s piety and the potential in their pursuit for secular autonomy and liberal freedoms. Dr Ramshi Verma will be the discussant. More details
The early British High Commission in Pakistan: its role and history
Prof Ian Talbot delivered the lecture. The literature on the legacies of Partition for Pakistan has overlooked the history of the creation of diplomatic embassies within the new country. In this talk, Professor Ian Talbot told the story of Britain’s early High Commissions and the difficulties that they faced. He examined the roles played by the first four British High Commissioners between 1947-65. Sir Nicholas Barrington chaired the lecture. The lecture was organised in collaboration with The Pakistan Society on Tuesday 23 January 2018. Event details
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.
Panel on Development in Pakistan at the LSE Future of Pakistan Conference
Bloomsbury Pakistan organised the panel on Development in Pakistan in collaboration with the LSE Future of Pakistan Conference held in November 2017. Dr Adnan Khan, Dr Atif Ansar and Dr Ismail Miftah were among the panellists. The discussion focused on the energy sector, CPEC and other areas of development in Pakistan. Video recording of the panel discussion.
Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) London edition was launched 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 Oxford 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. Review of Nafisa Shah’s book on Honour Killing
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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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. Audio recording of the panel discussion.
Bloomsbury Pakistan had a study group with Haris Gazdar. It focused on (i) Scholarly work and political engagement (ii) The decline of left in Pakistan. A write up on the discussion on scholarly work and political engagement
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”.
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.
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 facilitated Gallup Pakistan’s survey to assess the demand for tourism to the Sikh religious sites in Punjab, Pakistan. It’s the World Bank and the Government of Punjab research project to increase Sikh tourism. The Questionnaire was completed by the participants. The report was completed by the Gallop Pakistan.