SWGI Seminar - Narrating Muslim Girlhood in the Pakistani Cityscape

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
A-5, Academic Block, LUMS

Saida Waheed Gender Initiative (SWGI) presents

Narrating Muslim Girlhood In The Pakistani Cityscape of Graphic Narratives

Speaker: Tehmina Pirzada

Date: November 29, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: A-5, Academic Block, LUMS

About the Paper

Tehmina Pirzada's work focuses on the graphic narratives Gogi (1970 – present) by Nigar Nazar and Haroon Rashid’s, Burka Avenger (2013 – present) in particular, to examine the empowering portrayal of Muslim girlhood that these works offer in addition to advocating the rights of Muslim girls.

She emphasises that graphic narratives have become a powerful medium representing the resistance of Muslim girlhood both in the context of local patriarchies and as a tool to challenge the stereotypical representation of Muslim identities globally. By focusing on the depiction of female protagonists in these graphic narratives, she analyses how these artists rework the western superhero trope to foreground the girls’ everyday heroism. Moreover, by situating the interaction of the girls with Pakistani cityscapes, Dr. Pirzada argues in terms of De Certeau’s concept of tactics, that the protagonists navigate the Pakistani cities as familiar places rather than as othered spaces.

About the Speaker

Tehmina Pirzada is an Assistant Professor in English at the Lahore School of Economics. She completed her PhD at Purdue University where she was a Fulbright Fellow. Her research work focuses on the intersections between girlhood studies, visual theory and culture, and postcolonial fictional narratives. Her work has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Girlhood Studies, South Asia Review, and the Journal of Language, Literature, and Culture (Taylor and Francis).