June 4, 2020
What are the different prominent features of the 60s and 70s cinema in the country? Is the current batch of films very different from the past ones in terms of themes, the storylines and the new technology being used? What about the material aspects of screening, the cinemas, multiplexes and streaming?
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS has a minor in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (CCLS) with a screen studies track. CLCS offers film courses every term, has an annual screen studies conference and a short film competition, and recently launched the online student scholarly journal, “Reel Pakistan”.
To understand the history and current trends of Pakistani cinema, join us for the seventeenth session of LUMS Live: Pakistani Cinema: Yesterday and Today. Our distinguished panelists include Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali, Interim Provost, LUMS and Acting Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Law; Dr. Ali Khan, Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Dr. Zebunnisa Hamid, Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Dr. Gwendolyn Sarah Kirk, Assistant Professor, School Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS.
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Time: 4 pm (PKT)
Moderated by Adeel Hashmi, the session will be broadcast live via the LUMS Facebook page.
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Profiles of Panelists
Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali, Interim Provost, LUMS and Acting Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Law, LUMS
Dr. Ali received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Cultural Anthropology and has conducted research in Central America, the Middle East and South Asia. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1998-99), a senior fellow at ISIM, University of Leiden (2005) and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg at Berlin (2010-2011). His research pertains to areas of health, ethnicity, class politics, sexuality and popular culture in Egypt and Pakistan.
Dr. Ali Khan, Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Dr. Khan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. His research interests vary from labour issues to popular culture in Pakistan focusing particularly on cinema and sports. His last two projects have resulted in co-authored and edited books on cricket - Cricket Cauldron (I.B.Tauris, 2013) – and Pakistani cinema – Cinema and Society (Oxford University Press, 2016). A second edited collection on cinema is in press and a new book manuscript on cricket and society is ready. He has an MPhil and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in England.
Dr. Zebunnisa Hamid, Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Dr. Hamid teaches Film Studies in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at LUMS. She is also on the advisory board of Screen Worlds, an ERC-funded project on decolonizing film and screen studies hosted by SOAS. She has trained as a film editor at The Edit Centre in New York and worked as a production consultant on Mira Nair’s film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012). Dr. Hamid has also served on Pakistan’s Oscar committee to select the country’s official submission for the Academy Awards.
Dr. Gwendolyn Sarah Kirk, Assistant Professor, School Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Dr. Kirk is a linguistic anthropologist whose research centres on Punjabi cinema, language ideologies, and popular culture in Pakistan. Her current book project addresses questions of language variety, aesthetics, film production, and performance as well as exploring the theoretical flows and exchanges between linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics and cultural/cinematic/literary studies. She is also involved in initiatives to document and understand language shift and linguistic variation in West Punjab.