Laajverd Visiting School 2019: Gwadar

The Laajverd Visiting School 2019 will be held in Gwadar, Pakistan.

May 1st at 3:13pm


Knowing Gwadar Mahigeeri; lives, materials and landscapes; Audio Visual Mapping; Cultural Landscape; Etho-ecologies; lands, water and marine lives

Infrastructural Development: Fragile scapes, fragmented lives

Infrastructural development such as roads and bridges promise mobility, change and development offering opportunities for populations that were otherwise restricted, remote or disconnected from the contemporary world. However, they also have the capacity to organise and govern the political, social, cultural and economic lives of inhabitants and their environment. In addition to the opportunities and possibilities offered by infrastructures, their destructive potential for marginalised communities and indigenous landscapes cannot be ignored. This ambivalent nature of infrastructures will be explored in Laajverd Visiting School 2019 located in Gwadar, a coastal town in south-west Pakistan. Gwadar is currently being developed as a strategically located port city on the southern tip of CPEC, connecting China to the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. It is an old trading town with historic links across the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean where local lives revolve around the fishing communities who have for decades lived and thrived in this land and in these waters. Through participatory workshops and mapping strategies, LVS will explore the socio-economic and cultural landscapes of fisherfolk, including potential opportunities for local community to develop alongside the echo-ecologies of land life and water that compose the hammerhead peninsula known as Gwadar.

The research will take place on-site for two weeks where 40 participants (interdisciplinary: environment, geography, architecture, design, social sciences, arts etc.) half-local and half-visiting, will work together to produce project proposals around the issues describe above.

Eligibility: 4th year or Final year Undergraduates, Graduates and Post Graduates, Early-Career Researchers in Arts, Humanities and Social and Environmental Science.

Registration Fee: Rs 20,000/- (Includes Travel, Food, Accommodation, Workshop Fee)

To apply: Email your Statement of Interest + CV + ID card or Passport to by 15th June 2019.

Contact: 00923315181544