SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Ms Maria Rashid

BA Applied Psychology, English Literature (Kinnaird College, Lahore Pakistan), MA Clinical Psychology (Karachi University, Pakistan)
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Maria Maria
Ms Maria Rashid
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Thesis title:
Disciplining narratives of pain: Militarism, Mourning and the Pakistan Military
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My research examines gendered and militaristic narratives of sacrifice and service to the nation-state that appear to hold popular appeal within social and cultural life in Pakistan. I interrogate these narratives as lived, experienced and performed by those who stand at the ideological and physical front of war- the junior and non-commissioned male sepoys and mothers/families of soldiers (dead and alive) of the Pakistan Army. I also interrogate the more institutional bounded (military) spaces where these narratives are actively crafted, guarded and re-crafted.

My interest lies in understanding how affect and mourning are integrally connected to militarism in Pakistan. More specifically my thesis looks at how apparent enthusiasm for war is made possible through the forging of symbiotic relationships between the military and the ordinary people who serve in it.


Media and Politics in Times of Crisis and Change, London School of Economics, December 2016.

State, Society and Democracy in the Post Colony Conference, Lahore University of Management Sciences, August 2016.

British South Asian Association, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, April 2016.

Muslim South Asia Graduate Student Conference, London, 2015

International Symposium on Men and Masculinities, Turkey, 2014

SOAS Politics MPhil Students' Conference 2014


  • Member steering committee, SANAM ( South Asian network to address Masculinities)


Gender, Masculinities, Nationalism, War