Date: 14th November
Venue: SS, Academic Block, LUMS
An in-depth discussion on Nafisa Shah’s book “Honour Unmasked”. The book is a richly detailed ethnography on the topic of honour killing. It shows how the state/justice system and informal processes of redress are mutually implicated in providing a space for honour –related violence in the Sindh province, known as karo kari. The author persuasively argues, however, that the label, karo-kari, masks diverse underlining factors such as contest over leadership, resources, marital strategies, and uses the language of honour as a means of legitimating and appropriating power.
About the speakers:
Nafisa Shah is an academic, writer, artist, and accidental politician. Shah has a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford. She is presently serving her second term as Member of the National Assembly from the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian platform. As an MNA, she is a strong voice on rights based policy and has led cross-party caucusing on gender.
Sohail Warraich will serve as the discussant for the talk. Warraich has extensive experience in research related to human rights, legislation on women's rights and has also been very active in advocating for women's, labour and minority rights. Warraich has served as a consultant for legal and policy research at Shirkat Gah: Women’s Resource Centre and been an active researcher for the Pakistan Chapter of Amnesty International.