Welcome to AIPS

The American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), established in 1973, is a bi-national research and education organization with a mission to promote academic study of Pakistan in the US and to encourage scholarly exchange between the US and Pakistan.

It is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, autonomous organization and a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

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LUMS "Pathways to Development" Conference

A three-day conference titled “Pathways to Development” was held in mid-December (19th-21st) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore, Pakistan. The conference featured participation from several US-based scholars whose travel was facilitated by Yale University (Dr. Sarah Khan) with support from AIPS. The conference saw more than 70 speakers across 22 panel sessions and was attended by over 350 students, faculty members, scholars, and government officials.

Lahore Biennale 01 Reader

Dr. Dadi has curated and edited the Lahore Biennale 01 Reader, a compilation of scholarly essays that weaves together cultural politics and the art scene of the entire global South. The book draws upon a series of conferences from 2018. In March of that year, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies sponsored several scholars to travel to Lahore, Pakistan to host a series of workshops as part of the inaugural Lahore Biennale; a two-week, community-centered initiative that sought to foster Lahore’s rich art and culture scene. Dr.

The Pakistan Conference: 75 Years of Independence

The American Institute of Pakistan Studies sponsored “The Pakistan Conference: 75 Years of Independence,” hosted at Harvard University by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute on November 29th and 30th, 2022. This was the first time that a Harvard department has organized a conference specifically centered on the field of Pakistan studies. This two-day conference had an interdisciplinary focus across all fields relating to Pakistan, with 40 presenters from a global community of scholars.

AIPS Urdu-Course Wrap Up

Earlier this year, AIPS announced the launch of an online course: Introduction to Urdu language and Culture, which has now concluded its inaugural run. This is a 10-week asynchronous course, and students were asked to budget approximately 2 hours a week to work through the materials and resources provided in the Canvas course platform.

Announcing the Retirement of AIPS-Pakistan Director, Nadeem Akbar

After 25 years with AIPS, Mr. Nadeem Akbar, AIPS-Pakistan Director, has retired. Nadeem has been integral to AIPS operations in Pakistan, and his contributions will be appreciated and remembered by many. AIPS thanks him for his many years of service.