International Punjabi Conference

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 5:00pm
SS Auditorium, Main Academic Block, LUMS

The Dean’s Office, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) and Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature (GCLL) is organising a two-day conference the "International Punjabi Conference.

Dates and Timings:

February 16, 2:00 - 5: 30 pm

February 17, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: SS Auditorium, Main Academic Block

Punjabi, the most widely spoken language in Pakistan finds itself marginalised. It is non-existent in socio-political discourse of national polity due to lack of state patronage resulting in high rate of illiteracy, dearth of scholarship and disconnect with history.

Contemporary language of Punjab has a rich literary tradition spread over one thousand years. Sadly, this tradition has not been contemporized due to the skewed politico-ideological notions of nation building. The result has been loss of historical identity and accumulated knowledge of culture and art.

The International Punjabi Conference is an attempt to bring Punjab’s language and literature on the centre stage by creating an interactive gathering of intellectuals, writers, scholars, poets, artists and most importantly the people.

The two-day conference will include talks, panel discussions, exhibitions and performances highlighting the themes, issues and concerns relevant to Pakistan and the region in general and to Punjab in particular.