Since the end of Cold War, Pakistan, like some other countries in the Global South, has remained frontally engaged in regional and global conflicts such as wars in Afghanistan and Kashmir. The 9/ 11 attacks became a perpetual tragedy for Pakistan as it got embroiled in the global war against terror, led by the United States of America and its Allies, resulting in deeply traumatic experiences for its people. One measure of these conflicts and traumas is the vast array of creative writings emanating from Pakistan, in its national and regional languages, especially during the last two decades. Pakistan, however, is not an exception; human tragedy escalated further into the Middle East and beyond, due to aggressions and invasions of the powers who also monopolized trauma studies. Decolonizing this important field of critical inquiry and bringing a theoretical shift from a Euro-American understanding towards new forms of holocausts is the main focus of this interdisciplinary and multilingual conference. It also seeks to debate how literary praxis can be transformative in the aftermath of military conflicts and resultant psycho- social trauma. To this end, the conference foregrounds human tragedy not only in Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Myanmar (the Rohingya massacre), but in Pakistan post 9/ 11 and the global war on terror. The recent history of these regions makes them highly productive sites for examining the role of literature in the aftermath of the war.
Scholars across related disciplines such as literary and cultural studies, conflict and peace studies, post-conflict and trauma studies, and terrorism studies are invited to examine and interrogate different ways in which literary writers approach violent events of traumatogenic potential and the subject of peace. Conference speakers are encouraged to send original contributions with innovative ideas on how literary texts capture human experience of war and can help promote peace building.
Areas of inquiry may include but are certainly not limited to historical and contemporary representations of war, trauma, and catastrophe in:
Original contributions are invited in English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and other regional and national languages of the regions/countries of conflict. Speakers are encouraged to get the abstract and main findings translated into English. Since NUML runs 26 language departments, it can facilitate presenters in getting translations, on request. Paper presentations will be clustered in sessions on various themes and languages of presentations.
Prior to developing a complete manuscript, authors are requested to submit an abstract (300 words max.), a short biographical sketch(150 words max.),
a CV and 3-5 key bibliographic sources.
Submissions will be received at: email@example.com
For general info:firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentations should be 15-20 minutes long.
Generally, we discourage simple paper readings during presentation.PowerPoint may,however,be used for displaying bullet points, images and/or video clips.
|Presenters||Students||2,000 PKR||2,500 PKR|
|Faculty||2,500 PKR||3,000 PKR|
|Professionals||3,000 PKR||3,500 PKR|
|International Participants/Presenters||100 USD||130 USD|
Note :Fee should be deposited directly in the university account and a scanned copy of the duly filled registration form along with payment proof must be emailed at:
|Title of Account||:||NUML - FHS- ALUMNI|
|IBAN (Account No.)||:||PK94 ASCM 0000 5514 8000 0038|
|Bank Name & Address||:||Askari Bank, I-9, Industrial Area, Islamabad|
Dr. Atif Faraz: +92-51-926-5100~9 (ext. 2220); +92 301-817-3819
Ms. Khadeeja Mushtaq: +92-51-926-5100~9 (ext. 1005); +92-300-522-0064