Center for Media & Design

    Towards a Poetics of Violence in the Plays of Edward Bond

    Dr. Minwalla is currently the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business Administration—Karachi. He has taught at numerous institutions including Yale University, Vassar College, Dartmouth College, the George Washington University, New York University, Fordham University, and SZABIST. At IBA, he teaches courses on visual culture, English writing, film and media history, and media and communications theory. His research interests include Performance Literature and History; Visual and Cultural Studies; Theater and Politics; Media and Film; and all forms of theory (linguistic, political, dramatic, visual, literary or otherwise). His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

    17/04/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    A Talk by Sorraya Khan Moderated by Kamran Asdar Ali and Asif Farrukhi

    Sorayya Khan is the author of three novels, NOOR (2003), FIVE QUEEN’S ROAD(2009) and CITY OF SPIES (2015). She was awarded a US Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Pakistan and Bangladesh for one of her novels, and received a Malahat Review Novella Prize for what became a window into CITY OF SPIES. In 2006, she received a Constance Saltonstall Artist Grant, which took her to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where she interviewed tsunami survivors.

    29/04/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Music and Poetry: A Relationship

    Arshad Mahmud will talk about our musical traditions, which have intimately espoused Urdu poetry in its different forms. Be it classical music or lighthearted teenage-romance music, poetry has become an integral part of vocal performances. How the two media of communication, poetry and music, have supported or clashed with each other will be the subject of the lecture.

    02/10/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Reporting Karachi – Panel Discussion under CMD

    What are the most pressing issues in Karachi reporting today? Are these issues mainly relevant to Karachi's residents or do some or all of them have a national or international significance? What makes Karachi worth investigating for a journalist? How do journalists reporting Karachi uncover stories about its forgotten histories, spaces and people? Who do they want to reach out to through their coverage and do they succeed? These are some of the questions that Mohammed Hanif will discuss with a panel of acclaimed journalists reporting on diverse, critically important and sometimes surprising aspects of Karachi.

    16/10/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    ADA – Concert & DJ Set

    On the 30th of October, Habib University's Center for Media & Design will hold a concert for critically acclaimed German musician Michaela Dippel aka Ada. Since Ada is always interested in collaborations with musicians from other cultures, she decided to come to Pakistan, accompanied by German drummer Jan Philip Janzen from the band Von Spar, to play a concert with local musicians. Ada’s music is an intricate blend of electronica and house, juxtaposed with light, breathy vocals. Critics have praised the timeless quality of her music, her ability to bring out the elegance of ambient, the thoughtfulness of minimalism, and the soft joy of melancholy. Her performance at Habib University will be accompanied by a live visualization of her music, created by Brain Hack, Habib University’s Computer Club.

    30/10/2015 - 7:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Karachi Scape

    A statement in the form of a multimedia event: film, music, poetry, dance – “Karachiscape” fuses all of the arts to celebrate the chaos and noise of Karachi life inside Habib University. Karachi-based artist Sajjad Ahmed has designed an evening in which all the activities – screenings, concerts, poetry slams, and breakdances by Lyari Dance Group “We Are One” – center around the premiere of the documentary “Reading Karachi” with a live soundtrack played by NAPA musicians. The message is clear: Don’t block the city out – let it in; don’t hide behind your walls and your barbed wire.

    06/11/2015 - 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Conversation with photographers Wendy Marijnissen, Ali Sultan and Wei Leng Tay

    13/11/2015 - 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

    The Craft of Storytelling: Narrative Strategies in Film, Writing, Urbanism

    In this talk, Sadia Shepard and Cassim Shepard will speak about their respective multimedia practices. Raised in a family of designers and artists, this pair of siblings each tells stories in a variety of ways. As a writer and filmmaker, Sadia works with and expands the conventions of memoir, short fiction, and documentary film in order to explore questions of identity, intercultural translation, and place. As an urbanist, Cassim uses online journalism, video installation, and scholarly writing to investigate how the design and management of urban environments reflects cultural and political attitudes. On Friday February 26th, they will share a brief overview of their work and talk about how to choose the appropriate medium to tell a particular story.

    26/02/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm


    TFSA 2016 encapsulates a flavour of the Subcontinent with films from Nepal, Burma, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The package includes the award winners at FSA 2015 as well as other films selected to showcase the variety, treatment and intensity that marks the world of Southasian documentary and non-fiction.

    11/03/2016-12/03/2016 - 4:00 pm-9:30 pm

    Karachi Biennale 2017

    The first ever Karachi Art Biennale will bring the best of art from Pakistan, the region and beyond, to public spaces in the city. What does that mean for the city, and us? Join us for a conversation on what is in store for Karachi’s first art biennale, the need for an extensive public outreach programme around it, and how students at Habib can be a part of this.

    01/04/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    The Silent Eye: A Talk by Arif Mahmood

    Arif Mahmood has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Otterbein College, Ohio, USA. He started photography on his return to Karachi in 1985, a special area of interest being photojournalism, portraiture and fashion. Five years later he was contributing editorial work for all major publications of Pakistan. International publications include Newsweek, Khaleej Times, Gulf News, Arabian Women and Private Magazine.

    22/04/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Documentary Screening – Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist

    An intimate portrait of Pakistani architect and urban planner Perween Rahman and her remarkable work for Karachi's poor. The documentary screening will be followed by a Q&A with Parween’s sister Aquila Ismail, architect and urban planner Arif Hasan, Parween’s lawyer Faisal Siddiqi, and the current director of Orangi Pilot Project Anwar Rashid.

    06/05/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    Embodied Landscapes: New works by Naiza Khan

    Naiza Khan explores ideas of movement and boundaries, the breaching of borders, as well as a perceptual and textural building of terrain, as it is linked to witnessed political and social realities. Through a range of media, including drawing, video works and sculpture, she brings to the fore considerations of spillage, spontaneous making, transformation, and mutability of form.

    29/08/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    CMD & IDRAC present ‘Alef is for Allah: Children, Cuteness, and Society in Pakistan, Iran and Turkey’ – A Talk by Professor Jamal J. Elias

    Childhood innocence and cuteness are cornerstones of societal constructions in many parts of the world. But beneath the brittle veneer of idealized childhood lies a range of problematic assumptions and constructions.

    05/09/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Seminar/Discussion: Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act with Farieha Aziz

    Farieha Aziz is the co-founder and Director of Bolo Bhi which works on internet freedom, privacy and gender in Pakistan. She served as an amicus curiae in a case filed in the Lahore High Court in 2013, challenging the ban on YouTube, and is currently a petitioner on behalf of Bolo Bhi in a case filed in the Islamabad High Court challenging government’s censorship on the Internet and the powers of the regulator.

    05/10/2016 - 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Digital Disruption and Creative Chaos: A talk by Asa Calow – Director, MadLab-UK [An AHSS and DSSE Offering]

    At this talk, MadLab’s Asa Calow will introduce the organization and give a guided tour of its work

    21/10/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    The English East India Company: Social Networks & Institutional Change

    Date: Friday, February 24th Time: 6:00-7.30 PM Venue: Habib University...

    24/02/2017 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    Stories that Matter: A Talk by Andrew Whaley

    About the Talk: Stories have the unique power and nuance...

    29/03/2017 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    An Evening of Theater: First Ever Theater Show by Habib Students

    About the Event: Habib University is proud to host its...

    05/05/2017 - 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Bani Abidi – Within the Hyper Local: Video, Sound, Photography and Drawing

    About: Bani Abidi is a contemporary Pakistani artist, who currently...

    15/09/2017 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
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