The American Studies Conference has been a regular feature since 1993. Beginning in 2007, a central theme was added to the American Studies Conference:
The 13th American Studies Conference, October 15-17, 2010
“The Footprints & Faultlines of America in the World”
12th American Studies Conference, October 2-4, 2009
The Media in America; America in the Media”
11th American Studies Conference, November 2008
Family Ties: Issues in Immigration to America”
10th International American Studies Conference, October 26-28, 2007
“Dr. Rais Ahmad Khan Memorial Conference”
The 13th American Studies Conference held on October 15-17, 2010 deserves a special mention as it included 13 papers presented by eminent academics. Scholars from major universities of Pakistan, participated in the conference as well as Americans, Argentines, Spaniards and Canadians, in Islamabad. Papers were not only critically evaluated by the Discussants, and their suggestions incorporated by authors, but also by anonymous foreign reviewers. Positively reviewed articles are being published in Pakistan Journal of American Studies. Various scholars and researchers from disciplines like history and religious studies also contributed their findings and observations to the conference.
SEMINARS AND TALK SERIES
The Centre has a tradition of holding seminars and talks throughout the academic year. It organized following talks during the 2009-2010 academic years:
- “Tips for Successful Scholarship in the USA” by Dr. Margaret Ronkin, AIPS Visiting Scholar on January 29, 2009.
- Doctoral Seminar on “US Policy Toward Central Asia: A Case Study of Economic and Democratic Transition” by Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mateen Khan, Ph.D. Student on June 6, 2009.
- Doctoral Seminar on “Continuity in Pak – US Relations in the Post 9/11 Era” by Mr. Majid Rashid Nagra, Ph.D. Student on June 6, 2009.
- “American Foreign Policy Good American/Bad American; Questioning U.S. Imperialism Under Obama”, by Dr. Chad Haines, Fulbright Scholar on June 24, 2009.
- “War of Words: American Popular Narrative After 9/11” by Dr. Safeer Awan, Assistant Professor in English, IIUI on December 31, 2009.
- Panel Discussion on “A Black History of the White House and its Relevance to Pakistan”. The Panel leader Dr. Rukhsana Qamber, Director, Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America and Dr. Clarenc Lusane on March 3, 2010 at NIPS with collaboration of Area Study Centre for Africa, North & South America.
- “The World’s Love-hate Relationship with America” by Mr. Irfan Hussain, Senior Correspondent, Dawn, based in Sri Lanka on March 17, 2010.
- “In the Ring of Pure Light” by Professor Zulfiqar Ghose, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin, USA on March 20, 2010.
- Presentation on “Graduate Studies in US and Fulbright Scholarship” by Mr. Zafar Baig and Ms. Shazieh Gorji, Educational Advisors, US Educational Foundation in Pakistan on March 31, 2010.
- “US Aid and Pakistan” by Mr. Joseph S. Ryan Jr., Director, Education and Economic Growth, Associate Mission, US Aid on April 7, 2010.
- “Diplomacy as a Tool” by H.E. Mr. Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia, Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan, on April 14, 2010.
- “The New Direction in American Studies” Dr. James Alden Reed, President of the Massachusetts Fulbright Alumni Association, on May 5, 2010.
- “Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States” by Dr. Ilhan Niaz, Assistant Professor, Quaid-i-Azam University, on May 26, 2010.
- “The Importance of the American Studies in the US Foreign Policy” by Mr. Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), on August 2, 2010.
- “Discovering New Sources for Social Science Research” by Dr. John Mock, Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, United States Educational Foundation-Pakistan, on August 26, 2010.
- “A Quest for Equipoise vis-à-vis Culture Crisis: Bapsi Sidhwa and Contemporary Emergent Literature in the United States” Ms. Roudaba Shuja, Ph.D. student (American Studies) Defend Doctoral Dissertation on September 3, 2010
- “Tea Parties: Conservative Backlash, New Values and Feminism in the US” by Dr. Colette Morrow, Visiting Fulbright Specialist on September 29, 2010.
- “U.S. Midterm Elections – a Tea party?” by Dr. Hans Frey, Senior Professor, Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad on October 27, 2010.
Africa Series Symposium:
“Tunisia: A Country of Reformation” by H.E. Mr. Mourad Bourehla, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, on April 28, 2010.
“Ibn Khaldun, “Father of Social Science” One Day Symposium, 9 am-1 pm, March 17, 2008
- The Centre organized a Workshop “Writing Thesis and Term Papers” held on January 26, 2010. The workshop was planned for 15 researchers, but, upon special, prior request, we accommodated almost 70 participants. The come in large batches from the Dept. of DSS, QAU, and IPRI. All received handouts, worksheets, etc. This workshop shall be a regular event, to be held at least once a semester, under the supervision Dr. Hans Frey.
- The AIRC, US Embassy collaborated with a ½ day workshop on electronic resources held on May 5, 2010. The target group of participants comprised researchers writing their theses at the Centre and QAU, as well as librarians from QAU, NIPS, NIP and the NIHCR.
The Centre organized a one day exhibition on “Freedom Train Exhibition: A project by M.Phil students in US History to understand “What is Americana” held on June 2, 2010.
- National Seminar on “The Discipline of Area Studies; Challenges and Prospects” in the Bara Gali Summer Camp organized by Area Study Centre Russia, China & Central Asia, University of Peshawar with collaboration of Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America held on July 18-22, 2009.
- One day seminar on “South Asian Federation or Union & Future of Nation State in South Asia”, organized by Centre for South Studies, University of Punjab with collaboration of Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America held on February 24, 2010.
- National Seminar on “M.Phil & Ph.D. Theses Writing” in the Bara Gali Summer Camp organized by Area Study Centre Russia, China & Central Asia, University of Peshawar with collaboration of Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America held on June 13-18, 2010.
- Salzburg Global Media Academy, Summer 2007. Team Leader: Dr. Noman Sattar. Students: Tasawar Hussain, Tehmina Khawaja, Shahida Asghar.
- Nagoya American Studies Summer Seminar 2009: Team Leader: Dr. Rukhsana Qamber. Student: Shahida Asghar.
- Salzburg Global Media Academy, Summer 2010: Team Leader: Dr. Rukhsana Qamber. Students: Khan Zeb Burki, Nadia Khan, Fawad Javaid.
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