CFP: [Postcolonial] Pakistan Workshop

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Claire Chambers

The Pakistan Workshop

The Pakistan Workshop
8-10th May 2009 â€" Rook How, The Lake District, Cumbria, England
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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, literary critics 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 people or fewer.

You can register by contacting Kaveri Harriss. A registration fee of £30
should be paid by cheque (payable to ‘The Pakistan Workshop’) and posted
Kaveri Harriss
Department of Anthropology
Arts D412, University of Sussex
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).

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