Tuesday, 6 May 2014 at 6pm Khalili Lecture Theatre, Main Building, SOAS, University of London Free and open to the public
Dr Kamran Asdar Ali
This paper concentrates on a particular film, Behen Bhai (tr. Sister and Brother, 1968), to show how Muslim nationalism becomes linked to modern urban life in an era of developmentalist politics. This movie can be understood as an attempt to address the question of national cohesion at a particular juncture of the nation’s history. Ali's research interest lies in the coming together of all characters in Karachi, the most cosmopolitan space in post-partition Pakistan.
Kamran Asdar Ali is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (UT Press, 2002). Along with Martina Rieker he guest edited Urban Margins: Envisioning the Contemporary Global South (Social Text 95), and has also co-edited Gendering Urban Space (Palgrave 2008) and Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia (OUP 2009). He has recently also submitted a book manuscript on the history of the Pakistani left, tentatively titled, Surkh Salam (Red Greetings), to an academic publisher for review.
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