Since the late 1970s, the world’s economy and dominant nations have been marching to the tune of neoliberal globalization, whose impact and effects on average people’s livelihood and communities everywhere are generating great popular discontent, accompanied by a rising wave of nationalist and anti-elitist sentiments. But what exactly is driving globalization? And who really benefits from globalization? Are globalization and capitalism interwoven? How do we deal with the growing levels of inequality and massive economic insecurity? Should progressives and radicals rally behind the call for the introduction of a universal basic income?
Academic, thinker and activist Dr Asim Sajjad Akhtar will share his views on these essential questions in his a lecture on “The future of world under the influence of globalization” at Mir Masoom Shah Library, Sukkur on Saturday.
Dr Asim is a noted writer, columnist, and thinker. He is currently serving as an Assistant professor at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies of the Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. He has previously taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He did his PhD in 2008 from the prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, at the South Asia Institute. His thesis was titled as “The Overdeveloping State: The Politics of Common Sense in Pakistan.” He holds a master’s degree in economics from Yale University, USA. An acclaimed and widely read columnist, he writes a weekly column for Dawn newspaper, the most respected English language newspaper and Urdu daily Express. He is also a member of the AWP Federal Committee, the highest decision and policy-making body, and AWP Punjab President.
The lecture has been organised by the AWP Sindh in collaboration with Readers Forum Sukkur. He will speak on “The future of world under the influence of globalization”.
Venue: Mir Masoom Shah Library, Sukkur
Date: Saturday, 28th April at 4pm