Conserving the Archives of Progressive Pakistan

In resistance to the centralizing government state, those of the Pakistan progressive movement left behind a rich archive of photographs, written works, recorded interviews, and documentaries. The materials at the South Asia Resource and Research Center (SARRC) in Islamabad capture the movement’s often censored history.

This project works to conserve the material legacies of Pakistan's progressive movements through inventory and documentation of print, audio, and video items housed at the South Asia Resource and Research Center (SARRC) in Islamabad. The collection includes court cases against democratic activists, journals, pamphlets of collectives opposing military rule, oral history interviews of feminists and agrarian activists, and social justice documentaries on minority Christians. It also includes folk literature in vernaculars like Punjabi and Sindhi by artists challenging the dominance of the national Urdu language.

Project Details


Location: Pakistan, Southern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); South Asian Resource and Research Centre (SARRC) Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $14,880.00 Commencement Date: 12/2020 Project Status: Completed
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