Lecture on "Infrastructure & the Production of Peripheries in Pakistan" by Prof. Majed Akhtar - Indiana University

Lecture on Infrastructure & the Production of Peripheries in Pakistan by Prof. Majed Akhtar - Indiana University (USA)

The Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts (SSLA) at IBA began the new year with a successful event. On January 2, 2017, Professor Majed Akhtar from the Department of Geography at Indiana University (USA) delivered a lecture titled "Infrastructure and the Production of Peripheries in Pakistan: Notes Towards a Spatial Political Economy of the New Silk Road". The lecture focused on the politics of infrastructure planning in Pakistan, making theoretical linkages between the current debate around the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as part of Beijing's One Belt One Road policy, and earlier projects like the Kalabagh Dam. It also examined the historical, geopolitical and global economic dynamics that provide the context for these developments.

Professor Akhtar's lecture was immediately followed by a panel discussion on "The Politics of CPEC: Formulating a Research Agenda". The participants were Dr. Nausheen H. Anwar (SSLA, IBA), Dr. Fahd Ali (Habib University) and Mr. Khurram Husain (Dawn newspaper). They gave thoughtful responses to the lecture based upon their own research experiences and challenged the audience to think critically about a range of topics. The SSLA Chair, Dr. Faiza Mushtaq, thanked the guests for a comprehensive discussion and for getting 2017 off to a great start for the upcoming activities of the Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts.