April 6, 2018 • Weiser Hall 10th Floor
The contemporary realities of migration and movement have implicated Pakistan within a global network of transaction and belonging, this due in part to the ever-growing mobility of Pakistanis. Both within and across the borders of Pakistan, the title of immigrant, citizen, and refugee has crafted new notions of identity and community. Further, the relationship between both the diaspora and Pakistan have shaped the conceptions of one another, and ultimately Pakistan. The narratives in circulation about “Pakistan in the world” garner security concerns and fears about radicalization and terrorism. This year’s U-M Pakistan Conference challenges this dominant theme by highlighting new and exciting developments in the field of Pakistani migrations. This multidisciplinary conference brings together academics, activists, journalists, and artists from Pakistan, Europe, Bangladesh, and the United States in a discussion of the global and mobile realities of Pakistan and its people, and the histories and trajectories of Pakistani diasporas to Aboriginal Australia, the Arabian Gulf, Europe, and North America.
This conference is made possible by generous support from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, with additional support from the Departments of: American Culture; Anthropology; History; History of Art; Screen Arts and Cultures; and Women's Studies; the Islamic Studies Program; Rackham Graduate School; Residential College; Arab and Muslim American Studies; Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies; Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies; the Institute for the Humanities; and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. This conference is funded in part by a Title VI federal grant from the US Department of Education.