State, Society and Democracy in the Postcolony

Friday, August 5, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, August 6, 2016 (All day)

This conference focuses on the impact of neoliberalism on state, society and democracy in the postcolonial world including but not limited to Pakistan. Exploring contemporary scholarly debates in the social sciences and humanities leaves one with a sense that we are on the cusp of a momentous transformation. As neoliberal policies, institutions, and rationalities take root across the globe, scholars from a range of disciplines are increasingly paying attention to their impact on society and politics. However, conversations amongst these scholars remain scattered. Moreover, dynamic conversations on these issues take place mostly in Western academic circles, with limited dialogue occurring in the location where it is urgently needed – the Global South. This conference, which is being held in Lahore, will bring together scholars working in diverse fields to interrogate transformations in the structure of the state and its relations with society. It also seeks to connect scholars based in different parts of the world with academics, students, artists, social workers, activists, andpolicy makers and implementers in Pakistan to launch a critical conversation around the nature of politics in the contemporary postcolonial world.

Date: 5th and 6th August

Venue: LUMS