Dr. Kiran Ahmed

Dr. Kiran Nazir Ahmed discussed her ethnographic work on women fiction writers’ engagement with digest genre and the community (of readers and writers) formed around it. Her research traces the specific forms attachment, articulation and agency take in the lives of women whose stories resonate with many, but who also face the critique of not being "authentic" writers. It does so by exploring questions such as: How do digest writers develop attachments and bonds of friendship in the absence of physical proximity (since writers rarely meet each other or their readers)? How do digest writers articulate lived realities—both of attachments in the digest community and the larger dynamics of living as a woman in Pakistan’s changing social milieu? How do they see fiction writing and what role do they see it playing in their individual lives? What challenges or opportunities do writers experience as they enter the arena of script writing for television, and how do they speak back to notions of their writing as inauthentic and frivolous?