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The Pakistan Workshop – CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘DREAMS, VISIONS AND NIGHTMARES: BETWEEN THE IMAGINED AND THE REAL’

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on October 16, 2008

The Pakistan Workshop

8-10th May 2009 – Rook How, The Lake District, Cumbria, England

Contact email address: PakistanWorkshop@googlemail.com

Reality is a tangible concept. It is pervasive and powerful, and shapes the actions and thoughts of individuals and groups. However, if we assert that there is such a thing as imagined reality we begin to challenge the objective existence of obvious and observed phenomena, pay attention to the effects that social and cultural systems have on how reality is framed and articulated, and to how imaginaries are aspired to and projected. For 2009, the Pakistan Workshop warmly invites scholars of Pakistan, the Pakistani diaspora and Muslims of South Asia to submit abstracts for papers broadly interrogating the space between the ‘imagined’ and the ‘real’. It is hoped that papers will address dreams, visions and nightmares among Pakistanis, particularly contestations of belonging and political aspirations. The enmeshing of ideas and material structures, subject positions and collective identities should be important focuses. This broad theme is meant as a prompt to help participants select aspects of their research for presentation, but is not intended to exclude people whose interest does not happen to coincide with the theme.

The Pakistan Workshop was founded to bring together anthropologists and sociologists whose research involved Pakistan, the Pakistani diaspora and South Asian Islam. However, this workshop has also attracted scholars and researchers from a broad range of disciplines including historians, political scientists, economists and applied social scientists. The Workshop is a joint platform for new scholars (including postgraduate students) and established scholars, providing an opportunity to get acquainted with each other in order to motivate and inspire people working in common fields of interest. We particularly welcome postgraduates from UK and abroad who are working in relevant areas and wish to receive a friendly feedback from our group of academics and participants. This workshop is therefore normally kept small and intimate with a group of 25 or less people.

REGISTRATIONS ARE LIMITED – EARLY REGISTRATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED.

You can register by contacting Kaveri Harriss.  A registration fee of £30 should be paid by cheque (payable to ‘The Pakistan Workshop’) and posted to:

Kaveri Harriss
Department of Anthropology
Arts D412, University of Sussex
Falmer
Brighton BN1 9SJ

The venue, Rook How, is one of the oldest Quaker Meeting Houses in Britain and is an important location in the Quaker world. The Rook How offers dormitory style sleeping arrangements which are comfortable and affordable. For those who prefer B&B accommodation, there are several nice places around the area which can only be accessed if they have their own car. The total cost of the Workshop will be approximately £65-70 for those staying at the Rook How (which includes Workshop registration, reception, breakfasts, Pakistani lunches, teas and coffees).

Contact PakistanWorkshop@googlemail.com for more information about this event.

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