Friendships and Frictions: Sexual Politics in 1960s Pak Cinema at T2F

Female Friendships and Frictions: Sexual Politics in 1960s Pakistani Cinema
By focusing on the Pakistani film Saheli (1961) the presentation will open up questions related to emotions, domestic life and sexuality in Pakistan. Indeed, by concentrating primarily on women’s lives as depicted in this film (and other cultural artefacts), the talk will not dismiss the importance of other studies, but make an added and necessary argument. The argument will make visible and audible those instances that may have historically enabled women (and men) in Pakistan to create emotional fields and varied forms of connections to each other. Hence the analysis opens up an argument about women’s representation in the popular media in Pakistan in order to create a different archive of women’s cultural and sexual politics and histories.

About Kamran Asdar:
Kamran Asdar Ali
’s recent writings have been on popular culture, gender and sexuality issues, working class politics and the urban milieu in Pakistan. On leave from his faculty position as Professor of Anthropology at University of Texas, Austin, he is currently the Dean of the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS.

Date: Wednesday, 27th February 2019
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free!
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