Anita M. Weiss
Professor and Head
Department of International Studies
(541) 346-3245
aweiss@uoregon.edu

Recent Conference Presentations
*“Local Resilience in Swat: Ongoing Efforts to Overcome Crises and Human Rights Abuses” to be presented 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” to be 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 20122012
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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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