Through this talk Dr. Shirin Zubair seeks to explore the ways in which media representations of Pakistani women are understood to represent broader international development discourses. By focusing on development narratives with regard to women’s empowerment and, their social and political positioning, and by looking at the visual and linguistic representations, images and portrayals of women, she aims to capture the competing discourses of femininities offered on the cable television channels in Pakistan.
Dr. Shirin Zubair is currently, a professor of English at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Shirin Zubair has taught English and Linguistics for over thirty years. After earning her PhD from Cardiff University, UK, she has been regularly publishing her research on Pakistani women’s access to multiple literacies, higher education and identity-related issues in leading international journals. Current research interests include women’s representations in popular culture, feminisms, gender and English studies in Pakistan.