Provost's Speaker Series 2
 

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Mar 12, 2014

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Venue

AKU Auditorium, Stadium Road, Karachi, & videoconference

Understanding Pakistani Society & Modernity through the Window of the Truck

Presented by 6sf, Office of the Provost, & ISMC

SPEAKER

Dr Jamal J. Eli​as, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies and of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and Special Advisor to AKU-ISMC


DETAILS

11:00 AM London / 2:00 PM East Africa / 4:00 PM Karachi

Originating at AKU in Karachi, the venues for participants joining in from outside will be:

  • Nairobi – AKUH,N Lecture Theatre
  • Dar es Salaam - Mandela Room, IED
  • London - 3rd Floor Boardroom, ISMC


ABSTRACT

Truck decoration is an ubiquitous practice across Pakistan, to the point that it has been treated by urban elites as the most distinguishing aspect ​of so-called “folk” culture in Pakistan.  At the same time, given the pervasiveness of trucks and the regularity with which they need to be re-decorated, truck decoration comprises the largest art-related economy in the country.  This talk attempts to go beyond the treatment of truck decoration as a disembodied form of design and to see the attitudes and practices associated with it as situated within a broader context in which notions of identity, religion, modernity, nationhood, politics, class, gender and culture play central roles.


OPEN TO ALL - NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Organiser

​6sf (Sixth Sense Forum)

Events are subject to change; please contact the organiser for details.

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