Ms. Zainab Bashir

Ms. Zainab Bashir

Senior Lecturer

Ms Zainab Bashir holds MSc in Social Anthropology from University of Oxford, UK.  She is an Anthropologist and Sociologist. She is alumni of Resource Academia, and did her Bachelors in Social Sciences from Lahore University of Management Sciences. She was among the top 20 students of her batch who were awarded with honors. She worked with renowned English newspaper. She did some independent research for international NGOs and local political parties before her strong academic and co- curricular profile led her to the University of Oxford. She has won the prestigious Noon Educational Foundation Scholarship and completed her MSc in Social Anthropology in first class. She is currently teaching Sociology, Anthropology and South Asian Studies at UCP and is also a part of the UCP Center for Governance, Institutions and Organizations.

  1. Introduction to Sociology
  2. Introduction to Anthropology
  3. Survey of South Asia

Education

PhD in Sociology
University of the Punjab

MSc in Social Anthropology
University of Oxford

BSc (Honours) in Social Sciences 
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Experience

University of Central Punjab
Senior Lecturer (Sociology, Anthropology, South Asian Studies)
Patron of UCP Debating Society

Pakistan Today
Sub-Editor

Lahore Grammar School
Mathematics Teacher (Class VII and VIII)

LUMS
Teaching Assistant for ‘Anthropology of Corruption’

Save the Children Federation, Inc
Consultant for PEFSA Mid-Term Review

LUMS
President LUMS Literary Society

LUMS
General Secretary Henna-Amina Residential College

LUMS
Teaching Assistant to Head of Department

Trainings

University of Central Punjab Faculty Development Programmed 

  • Learner-Centered Teaching
  • Research and Professional Skills

Publications

Stepfamily Stereotypes in Common Discourse and Lived Experiences 

Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 2015, Vol. 13, No.1, 3-12

The aim of this research was to explore step family constellations and popularly held perceptions. Study I comprised a word association test (N = 30) and one focus group with young adults (N = 8). The words stepmother and stepfather evoked more negative associations such as „cruel‟ and „bad‟ than neutral or positive associations. Discussion of the focus group revealed that stepfamilies faced difficulties and relationship issues. In Study II semi-structured interviews with 8 individuals (N = 8) living in stepfamilies were carried out. Challenges faced by these individuals included adjustment difficulties, non-acceptance, societal biases, mistrust, lack of warmth and closeness and injustice. There were also supportive relationships and care within stepfamily constellation in some cases. The associations were compared with depiction of stepmother in three children stories that featured a stepmother. The themes that emerged were miserable stepchild, cruel stepmother, ineffective biological father, maltreatment and conspiracy, and problematic sibling relationships. As the dynamic social impact theory posits, social representation of families may be informed by popular narrative and does not necessarily reflect the real experiences.Keywords: remarriage, experiences, step-families, blended families, stereotypes

MSc Dissertation

Continuity and Change in Mortuary Rituals of Muslim Societies

Rituals related to death hold an existential place in the lives of societies. Human beings, when live, grow up and are influenced by the social setting they are a part of, and once fully developed, they contribute back to society in whatever way possible. This lifelong give-and-take between individuals and society makes essential a formal acknowledgement of separation between the two at the time of an individual’s death. Therefore, all religions, cultures and groups of human beings have their own particular way of dealing with death.Mortuary rituals in Islam and the subtle or otherwise changes that have come about since the advent of the faith warrant deeper study. M dissertation, through ethnographic examples, attempted to show how – after the passage of more than fourteen centuries – some parts of mortuary rituals have stayed constant while others have changed across Muslim societies over the world. It also discussed some reasons and factors causing continuity and change, and assessed the source of the elements that have remained consistent in order to determine how much of an impact the roots of a particular ritual have on its longevity and consistency. Finally, it examined Pakistani mortuary rituals as a case study and looked Rituals related to death hold an existential place in the lives of societies. Human beings, when alive, grow up and are influenced by the social setting they are a part of, and once fully developed, they contribute back to society in whatever way possible. This lifelong give-and-take between individuals and society makes essential a formal acknowledgement of separation between the two at the time of an individual’s death. Therefore, all religions, cultures and groups of human beings have their own particular way of dealing with death.

Research Projects

  • Transnational Marriages: Difficulties and Consequences
    A qualitative fieldwork project conducted to study cases of transnational marriages, their place in Diasporas, problems and consequences of such marriages.
    Fieldwork sites: Not defined. Research mainly conducted through the Internet. Methods of research: Internet chat, Skype, phone calls and emailed surveys.
  • What gives autonomy to women in Hussain Khanwala?
    A quantitative fieldwork project conducted to study factors such as age, education, marital status, profession, income level, economic status and kinship patterns, affecting autonomy of women in a rural context.
    Fieldwork site: Hussain Khanwala, Chak 8, Pattoki, Punjab
    Methods of research: Surveys, semi-structured interviews
    Duration of stay at the site: 7 days
  • Police Statistics and Media Reports on Crime
    A fieldwork project conducted to study discrepancies between police statistics and newspaper reports of crime over a period of one month.
    Fieldwork site: Defence Housing Authority, Lahore
    Methods of research: Following newspaper archives for the month of September 2010, checking official records at DHA Police Station for the same month
  • Perceptions About Calligraphy as a Profession in Today’s World
    A video project and exhibition conducted to study the varying perceptions about Calligraphy as a profession.
    Fieldwork sites: Ibnul Qalam Workshop (Shadman), Shakir Ali Museum (Model Town) and Pakistan National Council of Arts (Model Town), Lahore
    Methods of research: Observation, One-on-One Video Interviews
    Number of visits: 7 (over a period of 6 weeks)
  • Effect of Differential Education between Child/Parent & Teacher
    A fieldwork project conducted to study the problems of differential mediums of teaching: parents and teachers educated in Urdu Medium while the youth taught in English Medium. Fieldwork site: Multiple schools in Model Town, Shadman and DHA, Lahore
    Methods of research: Observation, Surveys, One-on-One Audio/Video Interviews Number of visits: 7 (over a period of 8 weeks)
  • Link of Recreation Patterns with Eating Habits: Sheeba Park Case Study
    A fieldwork project conducted to study the relation of recreation with eating habits.
    Fieldwork site: Sheeba Park and Adjacent McDonald’s Restaurant, DHA, Lahore
    Methods of research: Observation, Surveys, One-on-One Interviews
    Number of visits: 6 (over a period of 5 weeks)
  • Feasibility Report on Development of a Laboratory Database at Fatima Memorial Hospital
    Details of the project were requested to be kept confidential.
    Fieldwork site: Fatima Memorial Hospital, Shadman, Lahore
    Number of visits: 16 (over a period of 4 weeks)
  • Survey and Requests on Improvement of HLH
    (Part A) Conducting an analysis of the flow of procedures at Hameed Latif Hospital and coming up with suggestions for improvements. The report was highly praised and suggestions were regarded as commendable by the hospital administration.
    (Part B) Conducting surveys, observing patients and jotting down details from case files for a study regarding fears and concerns of pre-operation patients.

Relevant Skills And Accomplishments

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

  • Reasonable communication skills
  • Vast university teaching experience
  • Vast group-work experience
  • Skilled at conducting Focus Group Discussions
  • Proficient in Urdu, English and Punjabi
  • Mentoring and public speaking training for Sublime School, Nizampura (village) girls (since 2003)
  • Student Mentor for 2009 National Outreach Programme Scholars

Other Skills & Work

  • Skilled at designing, conducting and evaluating courses
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experienced in methodological teaching and training – Bsc Level
  • Assistance in setting up an IELTS Training Centre at SEB’s Communication Skills (2008)
  • Chief Editor of “Reflection 2006”
  • Editor of “Johar Journal 2005”, annual magazine
  • Editor of “Adieu 2005”, Yearbook for Batch of 2005

Honours & Awards

  • Noon Educational Foundation Scholarship (University of Oxford)
  • National Outreach Programme Full Scholarship (LUMS)
  • General Secretary Henna-Amina Residential College (LUMS)
  • President of LUMS Literary Society (LUMS)
  • Placed on Dean’s Honour List for Academic year (LUMS)
  • Scholarship for Full Academic Fee (Resource Academia)
  • Merit Stipend for Academic Excellence (Resource Academia)
  • President Literary Society (Resource Academia)
  • Among the Top 50 students in the National Biology Talent Contest
  • Gold Medal (2002) (Beaconhouse School System)
  • Merit Scholarship (Beaconhouse School System)


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