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4th International Sufi Conference 2018

“Sufi Heritage: Counterculture Narrative and Peacebuilding in the Era of Globalisation”

April 13-14, 2018 (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan)

Organised by Sindh Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department Provincial Government of Sindh, Pakistan

In recent decades, Sufism has attained recurrent attention and is turned to an extensive area of social research, knowledge production and performance practice among the scholarly academic discussions, cultural activism, public policy and Sufi practitioners at global, regional, transnational, national and local levels. The prominence of Sufi cultural narrative in academic research and practice based culture and art interventions, both in West and East, specifically draws attention to and addresses the current socio-political conditions in Muslim societies especially inciting the debates on political Islam and Muslim identities. It raises the politically charged discourses and agendas to address the issues of extremism, democracy, globalisation, pluralism, peace, interfaith harmony, and spaces of critical dissent not only in the context of Islam and Muslim states but the rise of global right-wing extremist ideologies.

To critically engage with and evaluate the multiple manifestations of Sufism (including the oversimplifying essentialisation), the Sindh Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department, Provincial Government of Sindh, Pakistan announces the two-day Fourth International Sufi Conference “Sufi Heritage: Counterculture Narrative and Peacebuilding in the Era of Globalisation” to be held in Karachi, Sindh from April 13 – 14, 2018. The conference brings forth the scholarly academic and public discourse to engage with the cultural heritage narratives and prospects of peacebuilding in the global era.

We invite interdisciplinary scholarly contributions informed by diverse methodological and conceptual perspectives in social sciences and humanities which may include Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, History, Development Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnomusicology, Heritage Studies, Folklore, Literature, Media Studies, Conflict and Peace Studies and International Studies. The contributions informed by practice based cultural interventions are also invited to present in the conference.

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