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Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, University of Peshawar to hold 3rd Social Sciences Conference

Islamabad, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Higher Education Commission’s Committee for Development of Social Sciences and Humanities in Pakistan (CDSSHP) in collaboration with the University of Peshawar is organizing the 3rd Conference on Promotion of Social Science Research in Pakistani Universities involving social scientists from within and outside the country.

Theme of the conference, to be held in May this year, is “State and Society of Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities.” The theme is influenced by an understanding that the socio-economic and political conditions of Pakistan are precarious, and the State is distraught by weak democratic institutions, conservative socio-cultural ethos, exclusive and contending religious ideologies, increasing social stratification, infiltrating globalization, identity related contestations, exploitative economic structures and agencies, vulnerable security structures and competing global power interests.

This understanding of the situation in Pakistan reflects the challenges as well as opportunities that require academic attention. There is a need to look deeper into this phenomenon and generate a debate that will not only help developing a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of Pakistan but also help finding appropriate ways and means to confront these challenges.

The objectives of the conference are developing and promoting a multidisciplinary approach to study the society in Pakistan, forging a common research agenda to meet contemporary social, economic, political, cultural and environmental challenges and identify solutions, examining latest methodological tools, conceptual paradigms and techniques to address the challenging research issues facing Pakistan.

The conference will also focus on building capacity of young faculty members and PhD/MPhil scholars to conduct qualitative and quantitative social science research, providing an opportunity for academicians and professionals from different field of the social sciences to come together and generate an academic discourse, facilitate networking among scholars working in various institutions of Pakistan and suggest policy measures to the government for a sound research based policy foundation.

Within the broader theme, a set of sub-themes have been identified that are representative of diverse and wider scope of the Social Sciences. They also demonstrate the need to see various social problems through inter-disciplinary approaches.

These include Theories and Methods: Emerging Trends in Social Science; Arts, Humanities and Sciences: Blurring Boundaries; Developing Institutional Capacity: Young Social Sciences Faculty; Socioeconomic Development and Education in Pakistan; Social Transformation and Conflict in the Region; Civil Society and Neo-liberal State; National Integration and Ethno-linguistic Contestations; Democratic Governance and Development; and Security Paradoxes, Regional and Global Power Politics.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-90402404, +92-51-90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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