SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Spring Literature Festival: Cultural Confluences

Various Speakers

Date: 7 March 2015Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 7 March 2015Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Festival


Thank you for attending the Spring Literature Festival: Cultural Confluences on 7 March 2015. We very much hope you enjoyed the event and that you will attend more SOAS Centre for the Study of Pakistan and Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue events in future.

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Culture is one of the most complex and contested words in the dictionary. With meanings encompassing both artistic endeavour and the broader fabric of everyday life, culture has recently been a site of conflict; it has been elevated to a definitive marker of  identity by some, while cultural difference has been cited by others as the main source of dissension and conflict in the world today.

This one-day literary festival brings together writers from a number of cultural background, all of whom have interrogated in their work the nature of culture and intercultural experience. As well as forming their subject matter, culture envelops the processes by which their work is circulated and consumed. Their experience as creators of culture also gives them a unique insight into the processes and pitfalls of producing literary art in the modern world.


We will be joined by:

  • Alev Adil
  • Ikhtisad Ahmed
  • Rukhsana Ahmad
  • Ahsan Akbar
  • Somnath Batabyal
  • Howard Brenton
  • Naomi Foyle
  • Aamer Hussein
  • Tariq Mehmood
  • Laksmi Pamuntjak
  • Sadaf Saaz
  • Minoli Salgado
  • Mirza Waheed

We will also have a DJ set by Omer Tariq. Omer will be spinning Pakistani pop classics with a selection of folk and contemporary tracks.

Organiser: Centres & Programmes Office & Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue

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Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4893

Sponsor: Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue