Boundaries and Identities: A Case Study of Gilgit-Baltistan

Crossroads Asia Lecture by Aziz Ali Dad on Thursday, 3 December 2015 in Bonn

The lecture will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), in the right conference room.

Aziz Ali Dad is a visiting Research fellow of the Crossroads Asia competence Network, currently based at Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin. He completed Islamic Studies and Humanities at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, and received his MSc in Philosophy of Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Abstract of the lecture:

Within the broader categories of nation states like India and Pakistan there are regions that either reject the collective identity of the nation state or their political identity is in limbo. Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan respectively represent these two scenarios. Owing to this, the politics of identity in both regions took a different turn. The Kashmiri narrative is opposed to an identity of the nation state. At the same time, Kashmiri nationalism claims Gilgit-Baltistan culturally, historically and politically to be part of Kashmir. This talk will focus on both the colonial and post-colonial period. While the identity of Kashmir was linked to colonial boundary making, the disintegration of the cultural unity of Gilgit-Baltistan took place. The talk will provide an overview about the cultural and political strategies adopted in the peripheral Gilgit-Baltistan area to find a space within the power structures of Pakistan and examine formation of new identity markers by linking with new spaces.

Find the invitation to the lecture here.