The 3rd Annual Saida Waheed Gender Studies Colloquium was held at LUMS on the 20th and 21st of April, 2018. The colloquium—organized to encourage student research in the areas of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies—consisted of papers written by students from all over Pakistan. Participants included students currently enrolled at the University of Central Punjab, Habib University, IBA, University of the Punjab, UMT, Quaid-i-Azam University, Kinnaird, Government College University, FC College, and LUMS, with backgrounds in social science, economics, development, policy, and management.
The panels, moderated by the faculty at LUMS, focused on diverse themes ranging from the representation of women in film/fiction to the conceptualization and crisis of masculinity(-ies) in Pakistan; and the notion of ‘women empowerment’ within the development sector to the precarious position of women and gender non-conforming individuals in public spaces. Panelists engaged in constructive conversations around the structure and arguments of one other’s papers, answered questions from the audience, and discussed the future of their research with their respective moderators. The following three papers were given a small cash prize and a ‘Best Paper Award’ by the SWGI to acknowledge their excellent work:
• The Masculinities of Shi’ite Men in Karachi, by Sana Gondal (Habib University)
• Lady Health Workers, by Maryam Mansoor and Nawal Zehra
• The State and the Subaltern: Buruecratic Violence Against Women in Partition Cinema, by Ilsa Razzaq (IBA)