Workshop proposed and organised by Livia HOLDEN (2015-16 Fellow)
Nantes Institute for Advanced Study
This workshop generates from ongoing discussions in Gilgit Baltistan among the national and international scholarship that have reflected upon or, directly experienced, law and governance as everyday practice in a territory which is considered as disputed to varied extents and from different perspectives. Formerly known as Northern Areas, but also designated as Karakoram, and Hindukush, Gilgit Baltistan formed from the merger of the Gilgit Agency, the Baltistan region and the princely states of Hunza and Nagar; hence featuring an extraordinary diversity constantly grappling with geographical isolation and geopolitical sensitivity. This workshop proposes a theoretical and methodological platform for a reflection that will develop along four threads: 1) scrutiny of attempts at democratic empowerment and participatory government in relation to ancestral law and conceptualizations of legitimacy at local, federal, regional, and international levels; 2) investigation of institutional development within and outside the state as well as the increasing role of NGOs and civil society; 3) exploration of the basis for an unprecedented dialogue on rights and indigenous knowledge; 4) formulation of new ethical principles for research in conflict zones.