International Symposium on the History and Future of the Indus Basin of Pakistan


Come with us on a journey through the fascinating environmental history of water in the Indus Basin to relate developments in our historical past to contemporary problems in water resource governance, to be able to spell out opportunities for the future of the region. Starting from an analysis of early water systems in Pre-Mughal and Mughal periods, through the impact of colonial transformations of the Indus Basins irrigation work, to post independence chain of events events shaping contemporary water resource governance in the Indus Basin – this symposium will allow participants to realize the connection between historical interventions in the Basin and contemporary issues.

The symposium will be housed as a part of the Lahore Science Mela to be able to engage both technical and non-technical participants to appreciate the environmental history of water in the region. Existing water professionals, engineers, scientists, researchers will be able to draw connections between the science of water and the history of water, whereas non-technical audience will be able to appreciate the narrative on rich interplay and the central role of water in history, politics, economics and culture of the Indus Basin.

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Date: January 29th, 2017

Time: 9 am – 2 pm

Venue: Ali Auditorium, Ali Instutute of Education

The distinguished speakers will be:

Dr. David Gilmartin

Professor, Department of History, North Carolina State University, USA

Dr. James Wescoat

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technolog

Member Advisory Group, Centre for Water Informatics and Technology, LUMS

Dr. Daanish Mustafa

Reader, Department of Geography,

Kings College, London, UK

Dr. Adeel Malik

Research Fellow in Economics

Islamic Center Lecturer in Development Economics

Department of International Development

University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Imran Ali

Karachi School of Business And Leadership, Pakistan 

Mr. Khalid Mohtadullah

Global Water Partnership, Pakistan

Dr. Abubakr Muhammad

Centre for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT)

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

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