Conference programme overview

The full programme, including details on all the panels, can now be accessed here as a PDF file.  The final version will be available in the conference brochure, due to be published the week before the conference. 

Keynote speaker: Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali is a British Pakistani political activist, writer, journalist, historian, filmmaker, and public intellectual. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books. He read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford.

He is the author of many books, including Pakistan: Military Rule or People’s Power (1970), Can Pakistan Survive? The Death of a State (1983), An Indian Dynasty: The Story of the Nehru-Gandhi Family (1985), Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties (1987), Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), Bush in Babylon (2003), Conversations with Edward Said (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis Of Hope (2006), A Banker for All Seasons: Bank of Crooks and Cheats Incorporated (2007), The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power (2008), The Obama Syndrome (2010), Kashmir: The Case for Freedom (2011) and The Extreme Centre: A Warning (2015).

At BASAS 2021, Tariq Ali’s keynote lecture will be titled South Asia in Crisis.

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Online presentations - some guidance

Even those participants who may have long experience of presenting their research in conferences may be new to the online presentation mode. Here are some of our suggestions for how to ensure your presentation runs as smoothly as it can.

Prepare your presentation in advance, and if you plan to use slides ensure that your chosen format works in Zoom. Make a lighter version of your presentation, with lower resolution images and using PDF format, in case of bad connectivity on the day. 

Ensure you have the Zoom app downloaded on your computer (presenting from a mobile device or tablet is not recommended). Pick a bright spot with a neutral background for your presentation – ensure that your face will be clearly visible. Practice your presentation (with extra points for looking into the camera!). 

On the day of the presentation, test your microphone and camera, check your internet connection and the battery of anything that needs it (laptop, mouse etc), and pick an outfit that will contrast with your background. Log into your panel’s Zoom 15 minutes before the start. It can be good to have your contact details (name, email, twitter handle, links) ready to be pasted into the chatbox, but for sharing any files you’ll need to use Teams. Keep a notebook handy (paper might be easier than digital here) to note any comments on your work from other panelists and participants. The chat can’t be saved. 

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