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"Love Must Be Defended"

Saad Lakhani
Date and Time: 
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:30

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)




I am interested in knowing how modern states attempt and determine to manage religious practices, sensibilities and affects, and how, in turn, social groups mobilize and construct political identities around affective attachments. More specifically, my research will look into how the colonial state in India sought to govern a public deemed particularly passionate, and how, in this context, Muslims produced conceptions of ‘passionate’ selfhood and nationhood. Relying on critical genealogical and ethnographic methods, I also seek to explore some crucial cultural concepts — for instance, the concept of ‘Ishq’, or ‘love’, in Muslim South Asia — employed in the political discourse of Muslim passions in colonial India and postcolonial Pakistan.

I hold an M.A. in Social and Political Thought from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, and a B.S. in Sociology and International Relations from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology in Pakistan.