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AIPS Conferences 2007-2008

Annual Conference on South Asia

The 36th Annual Conference on South Asia was held on October 11-14, 2007 in Madison, WI. The Conference is sponsored by the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Please visit the conference web site.

South Asia Conference (Bangladesh, India and Pakistan)

Fri 16th November 2007, CMC 1024 H.M. Michaux, Jr., School of Education Building, (NCCU)

Theme: Crisis of Democracy, Governance Failure, Religious Extremism and Consequence on the Regional Business and Economy

School of Business , North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies (NCCSAS)
Association of Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh (AEDSB)

8:30-9:00 AM Opening Remarks
Beverly Jones, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, NCCU
9:00-10:30 AM Crisis in Democracy/Political Instability
Moderator: Yasmin Saikia, UNC
Roundtable Participants:
Stan Kochanek (Keynote)
Ali Riaz, ISU (Bangladesh)
Bob Moog, NCSU (India)
Charles Kennedy, WFU (Pakistan)
10:30-10:45 AM Refreshment Break
10:45 AM-12:15 PM Economic and Business Consequences
Moderator: Asim Chakrabarty, VOA
Roundtable Participants:
Bijoy Sahoo (Keynote, India)
ABM Nasir, NCCU (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan
12:15-1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00-2:30 PM Governance Failure
Moderator: Sandria Freitag
Roundtable Participants:
David Gilmartin, NCSU (Keynote)
Ali Riaz, ISU (Bangladesh)
Charles Kennedy, WFU (Pakistan)
2:30-2:45 PM Refreshment Break
2:45-4:15 PM Rise of Religious Extremism
Moderator: Anis Ahmed, VOA
Roundtable Participants:
Ali Riaz (Keynote)
Stan Kochanek (Bangladesh)
David Gilmartin (Pakistan)
Yasmin Saikia (India)

PUBLIC FORUM: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM: Public event featuring representatives from the embassies of Bangladesh (Ambassador M Humayun Kabir), Pakistan (Deputy Chief of Mission M. Aslam Khan), and India, discussing the issues of the day's conference in the Auditorium.

ABM Nasir, Ph.D. ( or
Sandria B. Freitag (

'Pakistan in the Current Global (Dis)order: Perspectives from the Social Sciences'

Fri 14th-Sun 16th December 2007, Lahore School of Management Sciences (LUMS)

This conference re-addressed some of the weaknesses in the current status of knowledge and discourse on Pakistan by going beyond intelligence and media concerns and exploring a broad range of themes related to globalization and transnationalism, and also to the national civil society.

The aim to initiate an appropriately grounded academic discussion on the state of Pakistan and its communities, and placed the issue of religion in proper perspective by addressing other critical problems facing Pakistan today. We hosted panels and invited papers related especially to the following themes:

The politics and economics of structural reform
The new contestations of urban space
The past and future of social movements
The terrain of global versus local culture
The role of media and Academia
The role of Islam vis-�-vis the Pakistani state and society

For further information please contact Marta Bolognani and Laila Bushra at

Conference on "Femininities and Masculinities in Indian Politics"

View a flyer for this conference, which occurred March 15-16, 2008 In Edinburgh.

Conference on "Political Transformations in Pakistan"

This conference was held on March 29, 2008 in Washington DC, and was sponsored by AIPS and South Asia Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Download a conference program or abstracts. You can also listen to and download audio from both session one and session two of the conference, as well as view an image of the conference participants.

South Asian Studies Association Conference

This conference was held March 29-30, 2008 in Claremont, CA.

Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting

Held April 3-6, 2008 in Atlanta. Please visit the website.

Conference on the "Leaders of Pakistan Movement"

The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, Centre of Excellence, Quaid i Azam University, Islamabad in collaboration with International Islamic University, Islamabad has organized a two day conference on "Leaders of Pakistan Movement" from April 7 - 8, 2008 at the International Islamic University, Auditorium, Faisal Mosque Campus, E-7, Islamabad. Leading scholar professor Sharif al Mujahid will give the key note address while Dr M. Qasim Jan (Vice Chancellor, Quaid i Azam University, Islamabad) will preside the conference. Notable scholars on Pakistan movement will present papers on Pakistan's founding leaders during the two day conference in Islamabad. For registration and details of the program please contact: National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research H. 605, St 29, G-10-2, Islamabad. Phones: 9266395, 9266396, 9266397.

The 22nd Pakistan Workshop: 'Spaces of Dialogue'

Held May 9-11, 2008, Rook How Meeting House, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Visit the conference website.

National Conference on "Economic Challenges Being Faced by Pakistan"

The two day National Conference on Economic Challenges Faced by Pakistan was arranged and held on June 2-3, 2008 by the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).

Download more information or view the online announcement.