Gender Seminar Series - Attachment, Articulation and Agency: A Glimpse into the World of Digest Writers

The Saida Waheed Gender Initiative hosted a seminar with Dr. Kiran Nazir Ahmed (Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies), Quaid-i-Azam University, on the evening of November 15, 2017. Dr. Ahmed presented portions of her dissertation, largely based on her lengthy ethnographic work with women fiction writers, engagement with the digest genre, and the community (of readers and writers) formed around it. Her work traced the various forms that feelings and practices of attachment and agency take in the lives of these women. How do they form attachments and bonds of friendship without any physical interaction? How do they articulate responses to critiques of their work being frivolous and 'low brow'? How do they represent, and/or push against the lived realities of being women in Pakistan? The seminar was attended by faculty and students associated with the MGSHSS and ended with an open discussion on various aspects of Dr. Ahmed's writing and method of research.