Remembering Saba Mahmood

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) organized memorial to remember the life and work of Prof. Saba Mahmood.

About Prof. Saba Mahmood

Professor Saba Mahmood (1962-2018) was one of the foremost anthropologists of her generation. Born in Quetta and raised mostly in Karachi, Mahmood also studied at NCA, Lahore before moving to the United States in 1981 to study architecture and urban planning at the University of Washington in Seattle. She subsequently received an MA in architecture and urban planning from the University of Michigan and after practicing as an architect for some years, she went on to get an MA in Political Science from the University of Washington. In the early 1990s, she joined Stanford University’s Anthropology program as a graduate student. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 1998 and taught at the University of Chicago before joining the University of California at Berkeley as a faculty member in 2004, where she offered her last seminar in fall 2017.  At Berkeley, in addition to the Anthropology Department, Professor Mahmood was affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Program in Critical Theory and the Institute for South Asia Studies (where she was instrumental in creating the Berkeley Pakistan Studies Initiative, the first of its kind in the United States).

Saba Mahmood was a visiting scholar at LUMS in March 2016, while here she gave a two-day seminar to faculty and students. She had planned to return to Pakistan later that year to start her new research project in her native land. She passed away on March 10, 2018 after bravely struggling against a malignancy for the past two years. This event is to celebrate and recognize the life and work of Saba Mahmood, as an intellect, as a scholar, as a teacher and as a friend to many of us.
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