The workshop titled ‘100 Years of the Soviet Union: A South Asian Perspective’, organized by the Mushtaq Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, took place at LUMS from the 3rd to the 4th of November. Nighat Said Khan gave the keynote speech and spoke about how Marxist theory and the role of women in progressive movements had both been central to the Left in Pakistan – in ways that are often invisible to the mainstream. This set the tone for the rest of the conference that revolved around the influence of the Soviet Revolution in Pakistan, but through things like peasant revolt, which was discussed through a paper on Maulana Bhashani presented by Dr. Layli Uddin, labour movements and progressive literature. The event was very well attended by academics as well as activists and professionals like Karamat Ali who heads Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research and Ahmad Salim whose work in archiving the records of progressive movements in Pakistan has been a great source of value for researchers across the world. As part of the conference programme, a concert by Arieb Azhar also took place on Friday evening that was enjoyed by students and faculty alike.
For further details news coverage about the event can be accessed in the pages of Dawn and Daily Times.