Student Colloquium on Gender Studies in Pakistan: Call for Proposals

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Saida Waheed Gender Initiative (SWGI) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences is pleased to announce its second colloquium, ‘Bringing Gender from the Margins to the Center’, which will highlight student research examining issues related to the study of gender in Pakistan. We invite applications from students (undergraduate and postgraduate) across disciplines – including history, economics, literature, public health & medicine, management studies, sociology, anthropology, public policy, women’s/gender studies - to present at the colloquium, which will take place on April 28-29, 2017.

We encourage research proposals that attend to the complex construction and operation of gender across different spatial and temporal contexts. This may include research on topics including, but not limited to, representations of gender in literature/film/television, the politics and economics of gender and inequality, histories of activism and organizing, debates within feminist theory, the causes and consequences of gender-based violence, the construction of gender within religious discourses, etc. However, the conference is open to papers on any topic related to the study of gender.


How to Participate

Please submit a 250-350 word abstract outlining/summarising your research project (preferably containing your research question, methodology and main argument). Please email the proposal to The deadline for submission is February 28th, 2017. Selected students will be notified in mid-March to submit full papers two weeks before the colloquium.

Colloquium Structure

The colloquium will take place on April 28-29, 2017 at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Selected student papers will be organized into panels. Following presentations, faculty and students will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and engage in discussion. The colloquium offers students the opportunity to share their research, think across contexts and disciplines, and receive critical feedback from peers and faculty. All students will receive a certificate of participation and abstracts will be compiled in a program. Furthermore, the best papers will be awarded and published on the SWGI website. 

Questions and Concerns

Please direct all questions and concerns to Onaiza Arshad (

To learn more about the Saida Waheed Gender Initiative at LUMS, please visit our website: