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December 15, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Geography, Social Sciences, South Asian History / Studies, Urban History / Studies
The Second International Conference of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy will take place on December 15 and 16, 2016. We would be delighted and grateful if you make it convenient to attend it. Attached is the copy of Conference Programme and feel sure that you would find the programme interesting and touching many current debates.
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
cordially invites you to
to be held on
15th & 16th December, 2016
Timings: 09:00 – 18:00
at the Amjad Chaudhry Library, Main Campus,Burki Road, Lahore, Pakistan

15TH& 16TH DECEMBER, 2016

Day 1: Thursday, 15th December 2016

9:15-9:45    Registration
Participants to be seated by 9:45

9:45-10:00    Welcome Address: Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Rector, Lahore School of Economics

10:00-10:15    Introduction to the Conference: Dr. Munir Ghazanfar, Lahore School of Economics

10:15-10:45    Keynote Address: Dr. Barbara Harris-White, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford, University of London and SOAS
10:45-11:00    Tea Break 
Session 1:    Agriculture and Seeds        11.00-12.45

Chair: Dr. Ahsan Rana, Lahore University of Management Sciences

11:00-11:25    Depositing at the doomsday vault: India’s first deposit to the Svalbard global seed vault
Iris Yellum, Harvard University

11:25-11:50    Changing ‘assemblages’ of irrigation agriculture in the high mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan
Michael Spies, Freie Universität, Berlin

11:50-12:15    Seed politics: Food sovereignty, legal regimes, and farmers' rights in Pakistan
Amna Tanweer Yazdani, Agha Khan University and Nosheen Ali, Karti Dharti, Karachi

12.15-12.40    Organic, natural, local – hybrid practices, lively soils and conscious consumption of organic agriculture in Pakistan
Julia Poerting, Heidelberg University

12:45-13:45    Lunch Break
Session 2:    Urbanization and Ecology     13.45-15.30

Chair:         Dr. Hafeez Jamali, Habib University, Karachi

13:45-14:10    Can money compensate? Stories from a suburban frontier
Huda Javaid and Rabia Nadir, Lahore School of Economics

14:10-14:35    Ecological role and social significance of vultures: A study in Central Punjab                                                                     Zenab Naseem and Sadia Imran, Lahore School of Economics

14:35-15:00    Climate change and the desert communities of Thar:  An ethnography of development 
Vikram Das Meghwar, Institute of Rural Management, Islamabad

15:00-15:25    ‘Compensating’ loss of forests or disguised forest offsets? A study of compensatory afforestation in India 
Soumitra Ghosh, All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM)

15:25-15:45    Tea Break 

Session 3:    ‘Nature’ in Literature        15.45-17.00

Chair: Dr. Saeed-ur-Rehman, Forman Christian College University, Lahore

15:45-16:10    Narratives of a fractal city: The mapping of urban identity in Anis Shivani’s Karachi Raj
Shireen Rahim, Lahore School of Economics

16.10-16:35    Nature as source of creative arts and social science for transformation of society
Rafiq Khan, Lahore School of Economics

16:35-17:00    Songs of production and exchange: Reading ‘Production of Nature’ in the poetry of Guru Nanak
Huma Safdar, Lahore Grammar School and Rabia Nadir, Lahore School of Economics

DAY 2: Friday, 16th December, 2016

Session 4: Waste and Modernity        9.30-10.45

Chair: Dr. Ahmad Azhar, Lahore School of Economics

9:30-10.05    Political ecology of solid waste privatization in Lahore 
Usman Ashraf, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

10:05-10:30     Order and disorder in uncontrolled urban waste in India 
Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford 
10:30-10.45    Tea Break
Session 5: Narratives of Power and Disempowerment        10.45-12.30

Chair: Dr. Shafqat Hussain, Lahore University of Management Sciences

10.45-11:10    Desiring the data state in the Indus Basin
 Majed Akhter, Indiana University

11:10-11:35    Are there biases in climate science? How does the dualism of society and nature produce strengths and weaknesses
Tariq Abdullah, Lahore School of Economics

11:35-12:00    Contemporary constructed environmental narrative in Pakistan
Rao Nadeem, Quaid-e-Azam University and Syed Mahmood Nasir, Global Change Impact Study Center and Ministry of Climate Change

12:00-12:25    English as medium of instruction in Punjab: The 2009 experiment 
Soha Bashir and Fizza Batool Bukhari, Lahore School of Economics

12:30-14:00    Lunch Break/Prayer Break
Session 6: Hybrids and Cyborgs        14.00-15.15

Chair: Dr. Tariq Abdullah, Lahore School of Economics

14:00-14:25    Commodifying nature and marginalising ecosystems
 Mayanglambam Ojit Kumar Singh, Ambedkar University, Delhi

14:25-14:50    Growing up immersed in a virtual world
Anika Khan, Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, SIUT, Karachi

14:50-15:15    Creating a hybrid commodity: The political economy of regasified-liquefied natural gas distribution in Pakistan 
Tabitha Spence, Lahore School of Economics

15:15-15:30    Tea Break 

Session 7: Disaster and Exclusion        15.30-17.45

Chair: Dr. Ayesha Anees Malik, Quaid-e-Azam University

15:30-15.55    Production of disastrous geographies in the Brahmaputra Valley (Assam), India 
 Mitul Baruah, Ashoka University, India

15:55-16:20    The ‘Ecology-building technology’ correlation and the impact of timber siphoning on vernacular architecture in Chitral
 Rabia Ezdi, National College of Arts, Lahore

16:20- 16.45    Disaster and ‘help’ in Balakot: A case of compressed social change
Munir Ghazanfar, Rabia Nadir, Fizza Batool Bukhari, Ayesha Ijaz Cheema, Lahore School of    Economics

16:45 – 17.10    Alternate narratives; exploring the dialogue between nature and culture
Zahra Hussain, Durham University

17.10-17.30    Concluding remarks: Dr.Tariq Abdullah, Lahore School of Economics

17:30-17:45    Presentation of souvenirs: Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Rector, Lahore School of Economics

DAY 3: Saturday, 17th December, 2016

9:30-13.30 Field Trip to the Walled City of Lahore

13.30  Lunch

Contact Info: 

Fizza Batool Bukhari

Teaching and Research Fellow