Journal Announcement for Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies

Kent State University Professor Masood Raja has established a new peer-reviewed electronic journal called Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies, and he asked me to be its layout editor.  I’m excited to make a contribution to this cutting-edge journal. 

A description of the journal along with a call for papers is listed below:  

Masood Raja (Kent State University) has started a new academic journal entitled Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. This is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary electronic journal offering a forum for a serious academic and creative engagement with various aspects of Pakistani culture, literature, and politics. Though several existing journals do pay a fair degree of attention to the issues of South Asia and Postcoloniality, we feel that under the current climate of high capital and war on terror, Pakistan, often subsumed under the larger registers of South Asia or Postcolonial Studies, needs a particular space of its own in our academic and creative undertakings. Thus, Pakistaniaat aims to provide a public space on the Internet to introduce and discuss hitherto neglected aspects of Pakistani cultural and literary production and to make this knowledge available to a worldwide audience.

Pakistaniaat, thus, aims to provide an inclusive venue to all those interested in issues specifically related to Pakistan, its culture, literature, and its place in the region as well as in the world. We aim to accomplish the important mission of “covering Pakistan” by publishing scholarly articles, creative works, translations, and reviews of books about Pakistan. To visit the journal, go to

 The journal is currently seeking submissions for its first issue in June 2009; all those interested in submitting to the journal or working on the staff, should contact Dr. Raja at

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.