On January 16, 2020, the Mahbub ul Haq Research Center, LUMS organized a book colloquium with authors Dr. Shandana Mohmand (IDS, Sussex) and Dr. Ammara Maqsood (UCL). Dr. Mohmand is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Dr. Maqsood is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at University College London.
The colloquium featured Dr. Mohmand’s book ‘Crafty Oligarchs, Savvy Voters: Democracy under Inequality in Rural Pakistan’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and Dr. Maqsood’s book ‘The New Pakistani Middle Class’ (Harvard University Press 2017). Moderated by Dr. Umair Javed, Assistant Professor, MGSHSS, the discussion focused on societal and political transformations across urban and rural Pakistan. Both authors shared their motivations for writing their books as well as their key findings. Through their study of ‘non-elite’ groups, they offered insights into social, political, and cultural life in Pakistan.
The book colloquium was well-attended by faculty, students, and members of the wider community in Lahore.