The Motorway rape case has called attention to the need for a national conversation pertaining to rape culture, victim blaming, notions of honour, the need for systemic change, and forms of punishment. In this study circle, we aim to discuss feminist discourses on punitive punishments, as well as rape as a product of power dynamics in a patriarchal society.
Note: We will have a Q/A session after the discussion.
Speakers: Amna Mawaz, Huda Bhurgri, Shmyla Khan.
Moderator: Xenia Rasul
Amna Mawaz Khan began her training in at the age of 11 years under the dance legend Indu Mitha. With an emphasis on Bharatanatyam, she has also learnt and explored Kathak, Uday Shankar and Pakistani folk dances. From 2016 to 2018, Amna was appointed head choreographer and dance instructor of the permanent dance ensemble, the National Performing Arts Group, at the Pakistan National Council of Arts. During this time, she choreographed 3 dance pieces, Barzakh, Situation 101 and Mehergarh with the group ranging from 13 to 22 dancers.In 2016, Amna attended a short course in choreology and choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich, England. She has performed and given workshops across Pakistan as well as in China, America, India, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.Amna is a part of the Awami Workers Party, founding member of both Women Democratic Front and Laal Hartaal. She is active in and has organized movements for housing rights, and works on the women’s movement, environmental issues, students, peasants, transgenders, and persecuted religious and ethnic groups.
Shmyla Khan is the Research and Policy Director at Digital Rights Foundation. She is a lawyer by training. Shmyla has previously worked as a lecturer teaching law, technology and gender.
Huda Bhurgri is a Secretary Education of WDF Islamabad Unit and is one of Aurat Azadi March Organizers.
Xenia Rasul is Co-Convenor of Women Democratic Front (Lahore). Her research interests include South Asian politics and history, with a special focus on the Frontier region of Pakistan.
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/765023087654115
Decolonising Feminist Theory: An Introduction to Punjabi Poetics
0 at 08:00-10:00PM pst live on our Facebook Page. In this live session we will discuss selections of Punjabi poetry from the oral tradition, to sketch an outline of a ‘People’s Poetics’ rooted in the folk imagination and regional histories of resistance. The Punjabi literary tradition stretches back to the thirteenth century couplets of Baba Farid, and includes the verses of the celebrated rebel ‘Sufi,’ Bulleh Shah, and the spiritual head of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev. Social critique emerges as a key concern for all poets, with a particular emphasis on the oppressions of gender, caste and exploited labour. The session will focus on these themes, reading the poetry of Bulleh Shah, Shah Hussain and the lesser-known female poet, Peero Preman to explore indigenous intellectual tools for challenging patriarchy and class society today.
Link to the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/291995568483633/
Sara Kazmi is currently pursuing a PhD in Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Cambridge. Her research looks at Marxist and Feminist Punjabi poetry from India and Pakistan. She has a passion for progressive street theater, and likes to sing protest music, blending folk tunes and classical ragas in her performance.