Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Pakistan Elections Across Disciplines: A Teach-In and Discussion Forum

Friday, November 30, 2018

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St

This panel of leading writers, thinkers, journalists and analysts offers a multidimensional perspective on the recent Pakistani elections, in the context of political life and culture in Pakistan.

Leela Gandhi
, Brown University
Gandhi is a literary and cultural theorist whose research and teaching focus on transnational literatures, postcolonial theory and ethics, and the intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 


Asma AbbasBard College
Abbas is a transdisciplinary political theorist interested in the history of forms of political existence. Situated at the intersection of politics, ethics, and aesthetics, her work addresses how these domains and their demands shape the tasks of knowledge and subject production in a global postcolonial context and inform struggles for peace and justice.

Raza Rumi, Ithaca College
Rumi is a policy analyst, journalist and an author from Pakistan. In recent years, he has been a leading voice in Pakistan's public arena against extremism and human rights violations. 

Sadia AbbasRutgers University
Abbas specializes in postcolonial studies, the culture and politics of Islam in modernity, early modern English literature, and the history of twentieth-century criticism. Her novel, The Empty Roomset in 70s Karachi, is just out. 

Sarah KhanYale University
Sarah Khan is a Postgraduate Associate at the Yale MacMillan Center. Her research interests lie in gender and the political economy of development, with a regional specialization in South Asia.

Shahzad Bashir, Brown University
Bashir specializes in Islamic Studies with an interest in the intellectual and social histories of the societies of Iran and Central and South Asia circa fourteenth century CE to the present. He is director of Middle East Studies at Brown University.

South Asia Seminar