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Beyond Security: Democratic Contestations in Bangladesh and Pakistan

October 14, 2011 to October 15, 2011


International Affairs Building, 15th floor

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Friday, October 14

9:00am – 9:10am

Welcome by Janaki Bakhle (History, Columbia University and Director, South Asia Institute)

9:10am – 9:30am Introduction by Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations

9:30am - 11:00am First Panel: Nation/State/Geographies/Identities

Moderated by Partha Chatterjee (Anthropology, Columbia University), Elizabeth Kolsky (History, Villanova University), Yasmin Saikia (History, Arizona State University), Willem van Schendel (Modern Asian History, University of Amsterdam)

11:30am – 1:00pm Second Panel: Art and Representation

Moderated by Brian Larkin (Anthropology, Barnard College), Jamal Elias (Religion, University of Pennsylvania), Ananya Jahanara Kabir (School of English, University of Leeds), Auj Khan (Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture), Nayanika Mookherjee (Social Anthropology, University of Durham)

2:15pm – 3:45pm Third Panel: Secularism and Feminism

Moderated by Janaki Bakhle (History, Columbia University), Amina Jamal (Sociology, Ryerson College), Dina Siddiqi (Women’s Studies, Hunter College, CUNY), Afiya Shehrbano Zia (independent scholar)

4:15pm – 4:30pm Introduction of Plenary Speaker by Dina Siddiqi (Women’s Studies, Hunter College, CUNY)

4:30pm – 6:30pm Plenary Lecture by Sara Hossain (Advocate, High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh)

6:30pm – 7:30pm Reception


Saturday, October 15

10:00am – 10:15am Welcome by Janaki Bakhle (History, Columbia University)

10:15am – 12:15pm Fourth Panel: Vested Interests and New Social Formations

Moderated by S. Akbar Zaidi (MESAAS and SIPA, Columbia University), Aasim Sajjad Akhtar (Political Economy, Quaid-e-Azam University), Sajeda Amin (Population Council), David Lewis (Social Policy and Development, London School of Economics), Aqil Shah (Political Science, Society of Fellows, Harvard University)

1:30pm – 3:30pm Fifth Panel: The Ubiquitous Security Question

Moderated by Hassan Abbas (College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University), Naeem Mohaiemen (independent scholar), Shuja Nawaz (South Asia Center, Atlantic Council), Ali Riaz (Politics and Government, Illinois State University), Saadia Toor (Sociology, College of Staten Island, CUNY), Mooed Yusuf (South Asia Advisor, US Institute for Peace)

4:00pm – 4:15pm Plenary Introduction by Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations

4:30pm – 6:00pm Closing Plenary Lecture by Aitzaz Ahsan (Past President, Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association;Lawyer’s Committee Movement)

6:00pm- 6:15pm Closing message by Janaki Bakhle (History, Columbia University)


Co-sponsored by Department of History Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life Institute for Research on Women and Gender Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy School of International and Public Affairs


Special thanks to Zeelaf and Munir Mashooqullah, and to Dr. Azra Raza.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Taraknath Das Foundation


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