SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Challenges of Critical Social Science in Volatile Contexts: perspectives from Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Mardan in Pakistan

Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu

Date: 7 April 2014Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 7 April 2014Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar


Social science research in many volatile contexts, Pakistan being one of them, faces a number of distinct, often intersecting, sometimes fuzzy and shifting challenges such as disruptions, (self-)censorship in the face of hegemonic narratives or security concerns along with distinct issues of research ethics's key principle - doing no harm. In addition, how do we conceptualize what 'critical' research ultimately means and entails and how are early career researchers methodologically and theoretically trained and academically socialized to be able to conduct their own 'critical' research project, if at all? 

In this talk, I will present and would like to discuss some preliminary findings from an ongoing research project on Issues and Challenges of Critical Social Science in Pakistan, relying on participant observation along with so far thirty semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted with interview partners from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Mardan and Peshawar in 2013 and 2014.

Speaker's Biography

Dr Fleschenberg has been the DAAD Long Term Guest Professor (Langzeitdozentin) at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, since 2011. She is engaged in teaching and research cooperations at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, the School of Politics and International Relations and at the Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies.

Holding a PhD in Politics from University of Erfurt, Dr. Fleschenberg has also worked in the Institute of Political Science, Philipps-University Marburg; at the Institute of Social Science, University of Hildesheim; Institute of East Asian Studies / Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen; and as a lecturer at the University of Cologne, Germany.

She has published widely on gender and politics, especially in South and Southeast Asia; on international intervention and political transition; and on transitional justice.

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