Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
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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
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