Anita M. Weiss
Professor of International Studies
University of Oregon
(541) 346-3245
aweiss@uoregon.edu

Recent Conference Presentations
*“Political Dilemmas of Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan: Challenges to Identity and to the Evolving World Order” presented at the ISA-CISS conference "Boundaries and Borders in an Evolving World Order: Challenges and Prospects" in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 13-15, 2016
*Invited Keynote Speaker at the Pakistan Academy of Letters’ 4th international conference on Language, Literature and Society, to speak on “The Importance of Social Science Research to Understand Societal Transformations,” Islamabad, March 3-6, 2016 (postponed)
*“Political Dilemmas of Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan: Fostering Extremism” presented at the DAKAM PolitSci ’15 Political Science conference in Istanbul, Turkey, 11-12 December 2015
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Prisoners Release Cases: the Case of Aasia Bibi" presented at Wilton Park workshop 'Developing a multilateral approach to freedom of religion or belief: a European Perspective' (WP1383), West Sussex, U.K., 9-11 February 2015
*'Speaker on panel discussion and book launch of Pathways to Power: the Domestic Politics of South Asia and its implications for Development' at the SDPI 17th Annual Conference, "Pathways to Sustainable Development," 9-11 December 2014
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Surviving in Pakistan’s Cities: A Complex Web of Challenges and Alternatives” presented at a conference“Emerging Trends and Challenges in Social Sciences” Barra Gali, Galiat (summer Campus, University of Peshawar) organized by theInstitute of Economics, Social & Development Studies, University of Swat, 6-7 August 2014
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“Local Resilience in Swat: Ongoing Efforts to Overcome Crises and Human Rights Abuses” presented at an ISA-sponsored conference entitled “Human Rights and Change” Istanbul, 16-18 June 2014
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Transforming Women’s Lives: Economic Empowerment and Legal Reforms” presented at a conference entitled “The Legacy of the Orangi Pilot Project and Architect Perween Rehman” Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, MIT, 12 April 2014
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Surviving in Pakistan’s Cities: A Complex Web of Challenges and Alternatives” presented on the Plenary Panel Transforming Relations of Iniquity at the Global Cities Research Institute conference, 'People and the Planet: Transforming the Future' Melbourne, 3 July 2013
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Recent Laws promoting the Legal Empowerment of Women in Pakistan” presented on a panel entitled Innovations on the Legal Front in Pakistan: New Laws that may Surprise You at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, San Diego, 24 March 2013
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Conceptualizing Women’s Empowerment in the Muslim World: Learning from Divergent Views within Pakistan” presented at the British International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, June 2012
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The Challenges of Identity, Development and Creating Livable Cities in an Urbanizing Pakistan” presented at the 11th Asian Urbanization Conference, Hyderabad, India, December 10-13, 2011
*“Legally Empowering Women in Pakistan: the Symbolic and Practical Importance of the MFLO (Muslim Family Laws Ordinance) Today” presented at the AIPS Women’s Studies Conference, Islamabad, 27 August 2011“

*“Legal Reforms and the Empowerment of Women in Pakistan” on a panel entitled “Judicial-Legal Activism and Social Transformation in South Asia” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Honolulu, March 31-April 3, 2011
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“Crisis and Reconciliation in Swat through the Eyes of Women ” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia, 26 March 2010 and at a conference entitled "Rethinking the Swat Pathan" School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 11-12 June, 2010
*“Pakistan’s Uncertain Future(s): The Impact of Population Growth, Urbanization and Female Literacy” Pakistan’s Futures Workshop, Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Italy, sponsored by the Brookings Institution, 18-22 May 2010

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“Moving Forward with the Legal Empowerment of Women in Pakistan?”presented at the South Asian Legal Studies Pre-Conference Workshop on a panel entitled “Adjudication and Social Structure in historic and contemporary South Asia,” University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, 13 October 2010
*“Legislating Women’s Rights in Pakistan: Progress and Challenges” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), Boston, November 2009
*“The Effects on Women’s Rights in Pakistan” presented at a conference entitled “Political Transformations in Pakistan” sponsored by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, D.C., March 28, 2008; also presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Atlanta, April 5, 2008
*“Envisioning Muslim Women: Conflicting Images Portrayed by al-Huda and by the State in Pakistan” presented at a workshop entitled “Networks of Islamic Learning across Asia: the Role of International Centers of Islamic Learning in Building Ties and Forging New Identities” SSRC International Conference on Inter-Asian Connections, Dubai, 21-24 February 2008
*“Can the Center Hold? Efforts to Strengthen Federal Power in Pakistan” presented at the 36th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 13 October 2007
*“Questioning Women’s Rights in Pakistan: Issues in Reforming the Hudood Laws ” presented at the Plenary Session entitled “Hot Topics in South Asian Legal Studies: I. South Asia” at the South Asian Legal Studies Pre-Conference Workshop, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, 1 October 2007
*“Why are Hisba and Hudood so Important? The MMA and Gender Politics in the NWFP" presented at the Annual Meeting of the
Association for Asian Studies, Boston, 24 March 2007
*"The MMA, Gender Politics and Politicized Islam in Pakistan's Northwest: Implications of Conducting Local Research with Global Implications” presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Chicago, 2 March 2007
*“Questioning Women’s Rights in Pakistan: Finding Common Ground” invited keynote speaker at a conference entitled “Perspectives on Religion, Politics and Society in South Asia” Punjab University, Lahore, 19-20 February 2007
*"Pakistani Identity & Gender Politics: Challenges of Reforming the Hudood Laws" presented at a conference entitled “Islamic Identities, Gender & Higher Education” American Institute of Pakistan Studies and Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, January 12-14, 2007
*“Why is Hisba so Important? The MMA and Gender Politics in the NWFP" presented at the 35th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin at Madison, October 2006
*"Political Islam in Pakistan: the Social Reform Agenda of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal " presented at a conference entitled “Asian Transnational Security in Focus, 1800 to the Present” Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Wiltshire, 4-5 September 2006
*“Crossing Lines: National Policy and MMA Policy towards Women in Pakistan” presented at the Political Economy of the World System (PEWS) Conference, Macalester College, April 2006
*“Challenges and Opportunities for Educating the Poor in Pakistan” presented at a conference entitled “Reforming Education in Pakistan: Constraints and Opportunities” Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, D.C., April 4, 2005


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*“Challenges and Opportunities for Educating the Poor in Pakistan” presented at a conference entitled “Reforming Education in Pakistan: Constraints and Opportunities” Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, D.C., April 4, 2005


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