Fear and the City - A Seminar by Dr. Nida Kirmani

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Faculty Lounge, VC Office

This seminar has passed. To watch online, please visit the Seminars section of the SWGI website.

The Saida Waheed Gender Initiative Seminar Series brings together faculty and students from across LUMS’ schools to promote interdisciplinary dialogue around gender as a category of analysis and action.

We are pleased to present the second seminar, which is co-sponsored with the HSS Seminar series:


Fear and the City: Negotiating Everyday Life as a Young Baloch Man in Karachi

Speaker: Dr. Nida Kirmani

Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Time: 4-5 PM

Venue: Faculty Lounge, VC Office


About the Speaker:

Nida Yasmeen Kirmani is Assistant Professor at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences. A sociologist, Dr. Kirmani’s work spans issues relating to gender and religion, development studies, urban studies, and social movements. In addition to a number of book chapters and journal articles, she is the author of Questioning the 'Muslim Woman': Identity and Insecurity in an Urban Indian Locality (Routledge India, 2013).



The paper presented explores the impacts of on-going conflict on the everyday lives of people living in one of the oldest areas of Karachi, Lyari.  In particular, it focuses on fear and insecurity as emotional practices that structure the spatial and social relations within the city.  Using the narratives of young Baloch men who must negotiate the threat of violence at the hands of criminal gangs and state security forces within their area and rival political parties outside the area, the paper highlights how fear and insecurity must be understood as being contextually situated depending on one's social and geographical position within the city. Gender plays a key role in this process. The experiences of these young men demonstrate how emotions, such as fear and insecurity, are both produced by and reproduce spatial configurations of power.