P24


Pakistan: state formation, identity politics, and national contestation 
Convenors:
Roger Long (Eastern Michigan University)
Yunas Samad (University of Bradford)
Chair:
Gurharpal Singh (SOAS)
Location:
C405
Start time:
27 July, 2012 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
3

Short Abstract:

This panel aims at gathering perspectives on the dynamics of the Pakistani nation-state — from its establishment to its current dealings with militarism, terrorism, and internal-international crises — through the application of innovative and methodological approaches.

Long Abstract

Pakistan has become one of the premier test cases for the analysis of nation building and state/formation in post-colonial settings. In particular, the last two decades have witnessed the development of methodological innovations in the study of these issues which promise new insights into the problematic affecting global politics. This panel aims at gathering perspectives on the dynamics of the Pakistani nation-state — from its establishment to its current dealings with militarism, terrorism, and internal-international crises — through the application of such innovative and methodological approaches. The aim is to develop comparative, historicist, and multidisciplinary nuanced views on the role of identity politics in the development of Pakistan, and to provide insights on the matrix of the contemporary processes of national contestation that are crucially affected by their treatment in the world media, and by the reactions they elicit within an increasingly globalised polity.

Accepted papers: