LAHORE: Dr Waseem Anwar, Dean of Humanities and Professor of English at Forman Christian College, Lahore presented his papers at the 128th Modern Language Association (MLA) and the 13th South Asian Literary Association (SALA) annual conferences in Boston , USA, according to a press release.
At SALA, an allied organisation of the MLA, he chaired a session on “Racial Markers, Cosmopolitanism and Hybrid Identities” as well as read his paper on the issues of minorities and race representation entitled “‘Darkly Hilarious:’ A Study of ‘Internal’ Racism in Mohammad Hanif’s Our Lady of Alice Bhatti” along with reciting his poem “Singing Malala.”
The topic of the SALA conference was “Race and the South Asian Diaspora.”
Dr Waseem is also President of the Pak-US Alumni Network (PUAN) Lahore Chapter (covering 17 districts of the Punjab). At MLA, he did a rare representation of Pakistan and its institutions for the special Presidential Session 702: “South Asian-izing the Digital Humanities” with his paper “Digitizing Pakistani Literary Forms; or, E/Merging the Transcultural”, a reading of Mohsin Hamid’s online story “The [Former] General in His Labyrinth.”