Nächstes Treffen des Arbeitskreis Pakistan am 13. Juli 2012, Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali zum Thema: "Progressives and "Perverts": Partition Stories and Pakistan's Future"
Datum: 13. July, 4 pm
Ort: SAI, Raum Z 10
The Pakistan Working Group
cordially invite you to attend a lecture by
Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali, current Director of the South Asia Institute at
Austin/Texas und President of the American Institute of Pakistan
Studies, on the topic
"Progressives and "Perverts": Partition Stories and Pakistan's Future".
In contrast to various dominant representational themes through which
Pakistan's history is rendered intelligible to many (Islam, Muslim
Nationalism), this paper particularly focuses on a debate surrounding
the question of morality ("pure or perverse literature") connected to a
text of short stories on the partition of British India by the author,
Sa'adat Hasan Manto. By concentrating on Manto's writings I revisit the
early period in Pakistan's history to demonstrate how after the
country's creation there was continued debate among intellectuals about
what would constitute a national culture; a discussion that may still be
on going and incomplete. Within this context, Manto enables me to offer
a critique of Pakistan's normative national history and to suggest a
different path to understand the country's past and possibly its future.
Posted on 09 Jul 2012