‘Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest’ to be hosted by Karachi on Dec 8

KARACHI: The primary Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest in Karachi will likely be held on the Institute of Enterprise Administration’s Metropolis Campus on December 8, 2018.

Grounded within the work of students from around the globe, this educational literary competition endeavours to carry to most people sturdy and sound educational work in a simple and accessible format.

“Karachi, my metropolis, boasts solely a handful of literary festivals. Our metropolis is the principle metropolis of Pakistan and so ought to have a plethora of such occasions in order that our folks can be taught and assume extra and work in direction of making the imaginative and prescient of the Quaid a actuality within the nation,” ThinkFest Karachi Chairman Dr Miftah Ismail mentioned whereas asserting the literary competition.

Underscoring the educational, but public, nature of the occasion, IBA Dean and Director Dr Farrukh Iqbal mentioned, “We’re glad that IBA has introduced the ThinkFest to Karachi. After its success in Lahore earlier this yr, it was solely pure that an occasion centered on bringing academia and lecturers centre stage within the creating discourse of Pakistan is held at IBA, which was the primary worldwide educational collaboration of Pakistan.”

The schedule of the primary Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest was then launched by, ThinkFest founder Dr Yaqoob Khan Bangash, who mentioned, “We have now rigorously crafted this one-day mental feast for Karachites. Along with issues of nationwide and worldwide significance, we have now a variety of Karachi particular panels too.”

The day will start with a keynote by acclaimed author Hanif Kureishi, who has received a number of accolades for his work which has been translated into a number of languages and tailored for each theatre and movie.

A number of worldwide audio system will then group up with native lecturers, thinkers and opinion makers, on a spread of panels, with Dr Azeem Ibrahim and Dr Flagg Miller speaking about extremism and Al-Qaida with Imtiaz Gul, Dr Kirsten Harpviken from Oslo sharing his insights on Afghanistan with veteran diplomat Ashraf Jahangir Qazi and senior journalist Zahid Hussain and Dr Huma Baqai teaming up with Dr Joseph Massad from Columbia speaking concerning the state of affairs within the Center East.

Nearer to house, a number of economists will weigh in on the state of Pakistan’s financial system, with Dr Farrukh Iqbal, Dr Nadeemul Haq, Mr Nasim Beg and Maheen Rehman commenting on it with Khurram Hussain. The media — and its threats inside and with out — will likely be handled in a panel with Fahd Husain, Owais Tohid, Asma Shirazi, Mazhar Abbas and Zarrar Khuhro. One other high panel will talk about the place Pakistan is basically headed with Najam Sethi, Dr Ishrat Husain and Nadeem Farooq Paracha with Maria Memon.

Persevering with the strong educational streak, Dr Adam Kotsko from Chicago will speak about neoliberalism and its demons with Dr Asma Abbas, and Dr Anupama Rao from Columbia will converse on her work on Ambedkar and Iqbal, as competing visions for Pakistan. There may even be a panel on Gandhi and trendy India, by Dr Goolam Vahed from South Africa.

Standard historical past and tradition may even characteristic strongly within the ThinkFest with Christian Wolmar speaking about his new e-book titled “Railways and the Raj” with FS Aijazuddin, Lucy Inglis on the historical past of opium with Ali Gibran, and Dr Anand Taneja will launch his jinns in dialog with Dr Ali Usman Qasmi.

Specializing in Karachi and its points, there will likely be a panel on urbanism with Marvi Mazhar, Fizzah Sajjad, Ali Arqam and Nida Kirmani. The ladies’s motion and progressive politics may even characteristic as panels within the programme.

Introducing the audio system, ThinkFest Karachi Co-Director Dr Faiza Mushtaq famous that she was eager that each single panel ought to have at the very least one girl on it. “We have now tried to be as inclusive as attainable, however it is a work in progress. Hopefully, by subsequent yr we will have extra girls panellists.”

The ThinkFest Karachi may even pay tribute to the late poet Fehmida Riaz with a commemorative panel with Muneeza Shamsie, Rukhsana Ahmed, Aamer Hussain and Syed Nomanul Haq.

The ThinkFest Karachi will begin at 10:30 am and proceed until 7:30 pm. It’s open and free to the general public.

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