The first lecture in the Silk Road Talks series will be held by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zaman and examines the Belt and Road Initiative, the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor and road safety in Pakistan.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zaman is a sociologist at the Department of Sociology, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He earned his PhD from the University of Leipzig. In 2014, he established Quaid-i-Azam University’s Department of Sociology, which will soon be converted into the School of Sociology at the same university. His research spans childhood, youth, marriage and family, criminology and road safety in Pakistan. Owing to his road safety research, he recently started working on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Since the CPEC includes major projects on road infrastructure, rail links and port connectivity in Pakistan (along with energy, education and health) and linkage with the region, Professor Zaman’s research focuses on the safety and security of common road users and driving behaviour, road crashes and policies related to the design of roads.
Besides this, he is a commentator on social issues on various TV channels in Pakistan and abroad. Professor Zaman contributes weekly opinion pieces in Urdu in the Daily 92 newspaper. He also occasionally writes in English for the Daily Times, Pakistan Observer and Minute Mirror.
Date: 22 June 2022
Time: 4–6 p.m. (CET)
Location: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, re:work Interdisciplinary Center, Georgenstraße 23,10117 Berlin
Organizers: Linda Ammann Gerlach, John Njenga Karugia