Conference Speakers & Panelists

Habib University Postcolonial Higher Education Conference

Dr. Farid Panjwani (Keynote Speaker)

Senior Lecturer and Director, Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education
Institute of Education, University of London

Topic: “Passionate sense of the Potential”: Towards Constructing a New Social Imagination

Dr Farid Panjwani received his doctorate from Oxford University in the philosophy of education, investigating the role of faith schools in liberal democracies.


Dr. Nauman Naqvi (Conference Chair)

Acting Dean & Founding Faculty
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Habib University

Topic: Challenges of the Regional Humanities Curriculum

Dr. Nauman Naqvi received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University, and has taught at Columbia, Brown University and Connecticut College in subjects ranging across anthropology, history, literature and philosophy.


Dr. Sanjay Seth (Speaker)

Professor of Politics
Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London

Topic: Higher Education in the Indian Social Imaginary: 150 Years

Dr. Sanjay Seth has written extensively on postcolonial theory, social and political theory, and modern Indian history. He is the author of Marxist Theory and Nationalist Politics: The Case of Colonial India (Sage 1995).


Dr. Rubina Saigol (Speaker)

Independent researcher specializing in social development

Topic: Decline of Knowledge, Rise of Information: Social Sciences in the Neo-liberal Era

Dr. Rubina Saigol received her PhD in Education and Development from the University of Rochester and her MA in Development Psychology from Columbia University. She is currently an independent researcher based in Lahore.


Dr. Ravindran Sriramchandran (Speaker)

Assistant Professor
Department of International Studies
American University of Sharjah

Topic: The Case for Reading Vernacular Classics

Dr. Ravindran Sriramachandran is Assistant Prof. of Anthropology at Department of International Studies, American University Sharjah, UAE. Dr. Sriramachandran did his Ph.D in Anthropology (with History Core) from Columbia University, New York, NY and was previously a Teaching Fellow there from 2000 to 2003.


Intizar Hussain (Panelist)

One of Pakistan’s foremost writers and arguably the most prolific. He writes short stories and novels in Urdu, and also columns for newspapers in English. Intizar Hussain has developed a unique prose style and is known for his nostalgia for older places and phenomena


Arif Hasan (Panelist)

A Pakistani architect, planner, teacher, social researcher, and writer. He is a recipient of Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) one of the country's highest award.


Asif Aslam Farrukhi (Panelist)

A writer and translator and has edited and compiled many anthologies of Pakistani writers. Farrukhi has published six collections of short stories and two collections of literary criticisms.


Mohammed Hanif (Panelist)

A Pakistani novelist, writer and journalist. He has worked for BBC Urdu, Newsline Magazine, The Washington Post and India Today and is a contributor to several news publications including The Guardian.