MGSHSS Conference Celebrates Eqbal Ahmad's Life and Legacy- Press Release issued by Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Lahore -- May 13, 2019 (PPI-OT)

Following is the text of press release issued by Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)


On Friday, May 3, 2019, the Dean's Office at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature organised a conference on the life and legacy of the late Eqbal Ahmad (1933-1999). Considered by many as an audacious outsider for whom dissent was a moral responsibility more than it was an academic venture, Eqbal Ahmad left a deep impact on the academia and the causes he espoused for years to follow. His work against intervention, imperialism, and nationalism acted as inspiration for other contemporaries, including Edward Said and Noam Chomsky, to continue raising their voices against oppression. Eqbal's staunch opposition to the Vietnam War, nuclear proliferation programmes of different countries, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine established him as an intellectual who realised the importance of grounding theory in reality.

In light of this, the conference was planned in order to introduce the younger generation to Eqbal Ahmad, to engage people who were acquainted with his work and life, and to establish the lasting relevance of his ethical positions and principles in the contemporary world.

The conference spanned a number...

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