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Locally Sourced: AIPS-PIDE Workshop

Locally Sourced: Recovering the Local in History, Culture and Politics in Pakistan

A two-day workshop sponsored by the American Institute of Paksitan Studies and the Pakistan Institue of Development Economics

August 7-8, 2015 at PIDE, Quaid-i-Azam University

Conference Organizers:
Matthew Cook, North Carolina Central University
David Gilmartin, North Carolina State Univeristy
Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Matthew A. Cook (North Carolina Central University), David Gilmartin (North Carolina State University) and Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics) co-organized a workshop in Islamabad in the summer of 2015.  With support from the American Institute of Pakistan Studies and the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, a major aim of the workshop is to identify and describe local histories, cultures and politics, and to probe their importance for understanding modern and contemporary Pakistan.  The workshop is based on the assumption that greater attention to the local will significantly enrich recent Pakistani history. It is also based on the fact that there is a large storehouse of local knowledge and sources that has often been bypassed in the search for Pakistan’s larger and centralized national narratives. In addition to the workshop’s three organizers, Nida Kirmani (Lahore University of Management Sciences), Nukhbah Langah (Forman Christian College University), Aqsa Ijaz (Government College University, Lahore), Hafeez Jamali (Balochistan State Archives), Ahmed Azhar (Lahore School of Economics) and Cara Cilano (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) plan to give presentations.  The workshop will also integrate junior scholars in Pakistan, who are writing and/or who recently completed a dissertation, as panel discussants.

View the final workshop program