Conference is an ideal example Pakistanis-Americans common goals: Ms Colleen
3-Day Int’l conference kicks off at KCW
By K A Mian
LAHORE: Three days International conference on ‘Interactions and Interchanges: Literature, Culture, Globalization kicked off at Kinnaird College for Women (KCW) in collaboration with the Arizona State University Office of Research here on Thursday.
It was jointly organized by Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) Kinnaird College for Women and the Arizona State University on from 6th to 8th Dec, 2018. The main theme was to celebrate the successful completion of their three-year of partnership. The conference was inaugurated by Ms Colleen Crenwelge US Consul General along with Principal KCW Dr Rukhsana David, Vice Principal and the representatives of Arizona State University. The Conference was attended by facility members of national and international universities, research scholars, and a large no of students.
While speaking the inaugural session, US Consul General appreciated the management of KCW, entire team for conducting this conference. Ms Colleen also admired the both universities collaborative research works.
Today’s international conference on literature, culture, and globalization was a fantastic example of the wonderful things Pakistanis and Americans can accomplish together.
Talking to Daily The Business, Consul General Colleen Crenwelge said “Today’s international conference on literature, culture, and globalization was a fantastic example of the wonderful things Pakistanis and Americans can accomplish together. The U.S. Department of State-funded partnership between Kinnaird College of Women and Arizona State University demonstrates the deep ties between the United States and Pakistan and shows the power of education to enrich individuals’ lives and promote prosperity. The U.S. Consulate General in Lahore supports educational programs and exchanges throughout Punjab province, and we look forward to continuing to encourage Pakistani students and faculty to develop into leading professionals in all fields.”
I examine the ways in which drama can be understood as a site not of morality but of natality – and in so doing, create space for the act of performance to function as cultural diplomacy.
In her keynote address senior lecturer of School of Art, Design and performance, University of Portsmouth (UK) Dr Erika Huges discussed in detail about the rising curtain understanding performance as culture diplomacy. “I examine the ways in which drama can be understood as a site not of morality but of natality – and in so doing, create space for the act of performance to function as cultural diplomacy,” she said adding that in the human condition natality as the random, unexpected, wondrous force of life that comes the world only because the newcomer possesses the capacity in the beginning. She also introduces this power concept as a tool through which we might understand what the potential for newness and beginnings means for our actions in relation to both the past and future.
Dr Waseem Anwar from FC College also presented the different aspects of Pakistani English Literature in the World and Shahid Nadeem’s Ajoka Plays. Keynote speaker Mr Boyd M Branch from University of Kent (UK) talked about Literature in the age of machine learning or improvisational and culture diplomacy.
In three days conference, around 200 research papers from 30 national and international universities on various thematic topics relating to gender and body, belonging and dislocation, migrant populations, nations, and borders, colonialism and imperialism, experiences of war and peace, trauma and resilience, illness and healing, urbanization and the environment, memory, history and identity, experiences of colonialism and post colonialism, labor and work, were presented and discussed.
After significant contributions from Principal Kinnaird College, Dr Rukhsana David and Director Research Dr Ghazala Yaqub, this conference successfully marked the end of this partnership which provided an opportunity for researchers & scholars, from academia and industry to come together for broader collaboration in areas of common interest.
KCW and Arizona State University had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2013 with the objectives to enhance professional development, globalize research and publication, exploring new texts and literary trends with a special focus on American literature, and transnational studies.
This collaboration has enriched the departments specifically and strengthened Kinnaird’s academic profile during this tenure and has opened new avenues of learning prospects for other departments as well.