Afkaar-e-Taaza (Rescuing the Past, Shaping the future)
The title ‘AFKAR-E-TAZA’ is taken from the Poet Laureate Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s poem Takhliq (Creation), where the full verse reads, in translation: ‘New worlds derive their pomp from thoughts quite fresh and new/From stones and bricks a world was neither built nor grew.’
Indeed this is exactly what this event is hoping to achieve. It is through new and fresh ideas which spur on new creation, innovations and development; new worlds are never created by bricks or mortar, but through the thoughts which germinate in the minds of the people. This event aims to become the incubator of fresh thoughts in Pakistan so that not only does the country develop but we too personally gain from such interactions.
The concept behind the event is to replicate the rigour of an academic conference with paper presentations, with the ease and accessibility of a literature festival, by engaging scholars in a lively discussion about their research with the general public.
Our endeavour will hopefully ensure that public discourse in Pakistan is not hijacked by unscientific deliberations, but is carried out within a highly rigourous yet accessible environment, so that Afkar-e-Taza—new thoughts are created, nurtured and realised.
The timings of the event are:
1. April 1st, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
2. April 2nd, 2016 from 11:00 A.M to 9:00 P.M
3. April 3rd, 2016 from 11:00 A.M to 9:00 P.M