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CSAS 7th Annual UM-Pakistan Conference | Gender & Sexuality

Friday, April 7, 2017
9:30 AM-7:30 PM
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building Map
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Gender in analytic discourse is either taken as the sole purview of a niche—that of feminist scholars—or, in the late Sharmila Rage’s terms, simply “tacked on” as an afterthought. Through a conversation between artists, activists, and academics, we hope to understand the role of gender in shaping various aspects of contemporary life in Pakistan.


9:30 | Welcome Remarks: Farina Mir

9:40 | Introduction: Salman Hussain

9:45 - 11:00 | Masculinities in Everyday Life

Chair: Mrinalini Sinha

Nida Kirmani (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan)
“Gender, Mobility and Urban Violence: the View from Lyari”

Omar Kasmani (Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany)
"Neither. Nor. Trans: Notes on Dispensable Masculinities and the Promise of Thirdness"

11:00 | Coffee break

11:15 - 12:30 | Gender in Public and Online Spaces

Chair: Aswin Punathambekar

Fizzah Sajjad (LSE, London, UK)
"Gender Equity in Transport Planning"

Zehra Hashmi (University of Michigan)
"Biometric Belonging: Infrastructures of Security and Identity in Urban Pakistan"

12:30 - 1:45 | Lunch

1:45 - 3:00 | Gendered Selves in the Islamic Revival

Chair: Farina Mir

Faiza Mushtaq (Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan)
"Organizational Routines and Religious Commitments: The Innovative Traditionalism of Al-Huda"

Arsalan Khan (Union College, NY, USA)
"Pious Masculinity: Gender, Ritual and Ethical Reflexivity in the Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan"

3:00 - 4:00 | Public Art: Writing on the Wall

Chair: Osman Khan

The Fearless Collective (Nida Mushtaq & Shilo Suleman): “Writing on the Wall”

4:00 | Coffee Break

4:15 - 4:30 | Anjali Arondekar (University of California, Santa Cruz) -- Discussant

4:30 - 5:30 | Open Discussion

5:30 | Coffee Break

6:00 - 7:00 | Poetry: Tarfia Faizulla

This conference has been organized in conjunction with the Pakistan Students' Association. This conference was made possible by generous support from the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, as well as the U-M Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Islamic Studies Program, Residential College, Rackham Graduate School, LSA Central Student Government, Institute for the Humanities, Multi-ethnic Student Affairs, Residence Halls Association, Newberry-Barbour Hall Council, East Quad, Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Asian, Pacific Islander American Studies, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; and the Departments of: Anthropology, Asian Languages and Cultures, Communication Studies, History, History of Art, and Women's Studies. This conference is funded in part by a Title VI federal grant from the US Department of Education.
Building: School of Social Work Building
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: Asia
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for South Asian Studies, Residential College, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, History of Art, Institute for the Humanities, Rackham Graduate School, International Institute, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program, Women's and Gender Studies Department, Penny W Stamps School of Art & Design, Global Islamic Studies Center, Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Communication and Media

The Global Islamic Studies Center organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by GISC and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS).