S Akbar Zaidi is a political economist with interests in political economy, development, the social sciences more generally, and increasingly, History.
His latest book is Issues in Pakistan’s Economy: A Political Economy Perspective has just been published by Oxford University Press. He has written over seventy academic articles in international journals and as chapters in books, as well as numerous books and monographs. Amongst his books, are: Military, Civil Society and Democratization in Pakistan (2011), The New Development Paradigm: Papers on Institutions, NGOs, Gender and Local Government (1999), and Pakistan’s Economic and Social Development: The Domestic, Regional and Global Context (2004).
He has taught at Karachi University and at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, where he has a joint position at SIPA (the School of International and Public Affairs), and at MESAAS (the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies). He is also an Adjunct Professor at IBA, Karachi.
- Still Dismal One Decade Later? Social Science in Pakistan Since 2002
by S Akbar Zaidi
Thursday 5 November - 6:30 pm - Alliance française - Conference Hall
A decade ago an argument was made that the social sciences in Pakistan were in a ’dismal state’. Much has happened in the realm of the development of higher education, and also as a consequence of social and political change in Pakistan since then. The growth and dominance of the Higher Education Commission, the huge increase in private Universities many having social science departments, and other factors, have all changed the map of higher education in Pakistan.
The talk will try to explore whether these factors have helped improve the state of social science in Pakistan. The talk will be exploratory and will present some tentative ideas and hypotheses which need to be tested, rather than be based on any empirical findings, the need for which seems most urgent in order to come up with a clearer understanding of where we stand more than a decade later.