Thu, Aug 06 2020 to Thu, Aug 06 2020
Join us for the thirty-second session of LUMS Live: Literature and National Identity. Our distinguished panelists include Dr. Nasir Abbas Nayyar, Dr. Maryam Wasif Khan and Ms. Noor Habib.
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: 4 pm (PST)
Moderated by Bilal Tanweer, the session will be broadcast live via the LUMS Facebook page. Please join us here to listen to our panelists discuss the role of Urdu literature in shaping the Pakistani national imagination.
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Profiles of Panelists
Dr. Nasir Abbas Nayyar, Writer, Critic, Columnist and Essayist and Adjunct Faculty Member, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Dr. Nayyar is a scholar, author, and short story writer. He was the former Director General of the Urdu Science Board, Lahore and is currently, Associate Professor of Urdu at the Punjab University, Lahore. Dr. Nayyar’s research interests include modern and postmodern literary theory, linguistics, modern Urdu literature, and post colonialism. He is the author of award-winning books such as Urdu Adab ki Tashkeel e Jadid that won the best Urdu Book Prize, KLF 2017 and Baba-e-Urdu Maulvi Abdul Haq Award 2016 for Urdu prose from the Pakistan Academy of Letters. Another of his books, Us Ko Ik Shakhs Samjhna to Munasib hi Nahi, was awarded the UBL Literary Prize for the best Urdu book in the nonfiction category in 2019. His book, Nazm Kaisay Parhain (How to read poem) is first of its kind in Urdu. Rakh Say Likhi Gai Kitab is his third collection of short stories. He regularly writes on literary issues in The News and occasionally in Dawn.
Ms. Noor Habib, Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ms. Habib’s research interests include translation studies, World Literature, and postcolonial theory. She is currently working on co-translating the poetry of Miraji. She will be joining the Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies faculty at LUMS as a Teaching Fellow this fall.
Dr. Maryam Wasif Khan, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Dr. Khan received her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles and also holds an A.B. in Comparative Literature (summa cum laude) from Princeton University. Her work on British orientalism, Muslim reform and nineteenth-century prose fiction in Urdu has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies , Modern Language Quarterly: A Journal of Literary History and PMLA. Her forthcoming book, Who is a Muslim? Orientalism and Vernacular Populisms, argues against conventional methods of writing literary history for colonial vernaculars such as Urdu or Hindi. Dr. Khan’s second project is envisioned as a series of essays and contemplations on the possibilities contained in the act of reading foundational European texts outside of the Academy.
Mr. Bilal Tanweer, Associate Professor, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Mr. Tanweer holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. His novel The Scatter Here Is Too Great (Random House) won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Chautauqua Prize (US). The novel was translated into French (Editions Stock) and German (Carl Hanser Verlag). His translation of a collection of Muhammad Khalid Akhtar's Urdu novel and stories was published as Love in Chakiwara and Other Misadventures (PanMacmillan), and received the PEN Translation Fund Grant. His writings have appeared in local and international magazines including Granta, The New York Times, and The Caravan.