Re-Envisioning Pakistan: The Political Economy of Social Transformation

An International Conference in Spring 2014


Two days of presentations, discussions and debate with scholars, journalists, activists and writers. Join a diverse group of Pakistani and international participants in critically engaging questions of international and local importance. 

Made possible by the generous support of The Samuel Fund, The American Institute for Pakistan Studies and many others. 




Photography: "Gadani Ship Breaking" copyright: Tomas Halda 2010.  

An International Conference at Sarah Lawrence College

Heimbold Visual Arts Center

April 4-5, 2014

Re-Envisioning Pakistan is a conference which will bring together scholars and activists from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives in order to investigate the current challenges facing Pakistan.  We hope this conference will provide scholars and the public with an opportunity to re-examine the very nature, modalities, and limitations of conventional policy formulations, and will explore a diversity of mechanisms and actors outside the state arena who are deeply invested in thinking about and enacting more positive change.  The analytical framework underpinning the conference assumes that questions of human rights, defined in the broadest possible way, have to be dealt with in the context of the structure of power relationships in society as they have evolved historically.  Given its thematic emphasis and concerns, the conference should allow for a deeper understanding of processes of socio-economic and political transformation within contemporary Pakistan, and within countries of the global south more generally.


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Keynote Speaker: Hina Jilani

Keynote Speaker Hina Jilani

Keynote Speaker Hina Jilani


Ms. Jilani is Director of the AGHS Legal Aid Cell; Advocate in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.  She is also one of the founding members of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, where she is widely known for her work as a lawyer and civil society activist committed to legal aid and advocacy on behalf of minorities, women and children, bonded labor, and political prisoners. 




Documentary Screening from the Series: The Other Half of Tomorrow

Join us on Saturday, April 5, for a screening of the series The Other Half Tomorrowalong with a discussion with the filmmakers Sadia Shephard (director/producer) and Andreas Burgess (cinematographer/editor).

Online registration will close at 11:59 pm on Monday March 31.  Onsite registration will only be open to SLC faculty, staff, and students on Friday April 4.  However, it will be open to both the SLC community and the general public on Saturday April 5. Click HERE to register now.


Re-Envisioning Pakistan: A Political Economy of Transformation is made possible through the generous support of the Donald C. Samuel Fund for Economics and Politics, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, the Dean of Sarah Lawrence College, Student Senate, Ali Naqvi & Linda Holliday, Galadrielle Allman, Margaret Kavounas, Nazeer Chowdury, Syed Babar Ali, and many more. 

Photography: "Gadani Ship Breaking" Copyright: Tomas Halda 2010.