Conference

Every two years, the Gurmani Centre hosts an international conference on a topic related to South Asian literature. This year's topic is Representing South Asian Sufism.

Gurmani Centre International conference on South Asian literary traditions 2017

Date: 13-14 April 2017
Venue: Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan
To register for the conference, please use this link.

Representing South Asian Sufism

Wednesday 12th April
 
Pre-Conference Address
6 pm – 7.30pm, Faculty Lounge, Vice Chancellor’s Office
 
Bruce Lawrence, Duke University
Reconsidering Sufism as Islamic Discourse: The Evidence and Arguments of Shahab Ahmed’s What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic
 
Thursday 13th April
 
Opening Remarks
10.30 - 11.45 am, Room 101, Suleiman Dawood School of Business
 
Ghulam Moeenudin Nizami
Director, Gurmani Centre at LUMS
 
Opening Lecture
10.45 am – 11.45am, Room 101, Suleiman Dawood School of Business
 
Jamal Elias
University of Pennsylvania
‘Good’ versus ‘Bad’ Islam: Statist and Popular Attitudes towards Sufism in Pakistan and Beyond
 
Tea
11.45 am - 12.00 pm, Outside Room 101, Suleiman Dawood School of Business
 
Appreciating Sufism, Appropriating Sufism
12 - 1.30 pm, Room B3, Suleiman Dawood School of Business
 
Speakers:
 
Sarah Abdullah
Lahore College for Women University
Problematizing the Globalization of Sufi Discourse
 
Tanvir Anjum
Qaid-e-Azam University
(Mis)representation of Sufism in the National Narrative of Pakistan
 
Amina Wasif
Lahore College for Women University
Refiguring the Concept of Wahdat ul Wajood in Contemporary Sufi Thought: A Study of Ali Zaryoun's Poetry
 
Discussant:
 
Nosheen Ali
Aga Khan University, Karachi
 
Lunch
1.30 - 2.30 pm
 
Roundtable: Sufism in Muslim Imaginaries of the Past and Present
2.30 - 3.30 pm, Room 104, Suleiman Dawood School of Business
 
Speakers
 
Amina Yaqin
SOAS, University of London
 
Shahzad Bashir
Stanford University
 
Nosheen Ali
Aga Khan University, Karachi
 
Moderator
 
Sara Kazmi
Lahore University of Management Sciences
 
Qawwali: Fareed Ayaz
8 pm, Central Courtyard, Academic Block
 
Friday 14th April
 
Sufi Practice Across Contexts
10 - 11.30 am, Room 104, Suleiman Dawood School of Business
 
Speakers
 
Lukas Werth
Lahore University of Management Sciences
Transcending Religious Borders: The Shrine of Baba Hare Shah
 
 
Iffat Batool
Government College University
Experiences of Sufi Suhbat and Spiritual Healing
 
Haroon Khalid
Journalist and Author
A Visit to Aban Shah: Pre-Islamic Roots of a Muslim Shrine’s Fertility Cult
 
Discussant
 
Ali Usman Qasmi
Lahore University of Management Sciences
 
Tea
11.30 - 11.45 am, Outside Room 104, Suleiman Dawood School of Business
 
Performing Sufism: From Script to Screen
11.45 am - 1.15 pm, Room 104, Suleiman Dawood School of Business
 
Speakers
 
Rafiq ul Islam
Government Postgraduate College, Bahawalpur
فروغِ تصوف میں اُردو داستانوں کا کردار
 
Sheba Saeed
Institute of Business and Administration
Representing 'Spiritual Begging' Through the Medium of Film
 
 
Salma Siddique
Freie Universitat Berlin
Speak from your Grave: Sufi Aesthetic and Punjabi Cinema in Post-Partition Lahore
 
Discussant
 
Amina Yaqin
SOAS, University of London
 
Lunch
1.15 pm - 2.15 pm
 
Narrations: How Sufis Rehearse Relevance
2.15 - 3.00 pm, Room 104, Suleiman Dawood School of Business
 
Tony Stewart
Vanderbilt University