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The ThinkFest brought together students and faculty from every major university in Lahore, collected the best intellects of the world, and certainly opened by newer worlds to all those present, and beyond.

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After the success of the 4th Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest in Lahore in January 2020, we bring to you the 5th ThinkFest in Lahore in February 2021!!!

Keeping in mind the Covid 19 pandemic, the 2021 physical session of the ThinkFest Lahore was cancelled. However, building on the strength of ThinkFest Conversations, programming has continued, with ThinkFest Online being launched in February 2021. This series, which began with several back-to-back panels from February 11-14, 2021, will continue over February, March and April 2021, and continue to bring the world’s top academics, opinion makers and leaders to Pakistan and beyond.

ThinkFest Lahore will feature leading academics from across the world, distinguished journalists and commentators, and awarding winning writers. Plus the chance to speak your mind at the Speaker’s Corner where everyone can organise their own talk or panel.

So don’t miss it.

Stay tuned for speaker and panel announcements.

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About ThinkFest

The Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest is inspired by the thought of Pakistan’s poet laureate, Sir Muhammad Iqbal, where he exclaimed in his poem Takhliq (Creation) that ‘New worlds derive their pomp from thoughts quite fresh and new/From stones and bricks a world was neither built nor grew.’ In order to create these ‘newer worlds,’ the ThinkFest aims to achieve three objectives: First is the creation of newer spaces, realms, and opportunities for the flourishing of new thoughts and ideas, so that Pakistan can develop as a forward-looking and progressive country. Secondly, the Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest aims to bridge the gap between academia and society by becoming an interface between them. Worldwide newer and creative thoughts are incubated in universities and colleges, but in Pakistan, there is little interaction between academia and the general public. This event bridges the gap by providing academic discourse in an accessible yet robust manner, for fuller understanding and engagement. And thirdly, since recently Pakistan and the world have been mired in the vortex of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ which blur and mask our knowledge and judgments on critical issues, the Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest provides us with an opportunity to engage with leading scholars from around the world in a fact based and critical discussion which is grounded and vigorous.

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Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest provides you with an opportunity to engage with leading scholars from around the world in a fact-based and critical discussion which is grounded and vigorous. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any queries.