Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

"24Th International Pakistan History Conference: History and Historiography of South Asia"

Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

"24Th International Pakistan History Conference: History and Historiography of South Asia"

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14-16 APRIL, 2014, LAHORE (PAKISTAN)

A Three-Day International Conference titled "24th International Pakistan History Conference: History and Historiography of South Asia," was held from 14-16 April, 2014. The venue was the Department of History and Pakistan Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

This conference was organized by the Pakistan Historical Society in collaboration with the Department of History and Pakistan Studies and Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Aims and Objectives

The International Conference was arranged with a view to promote the discipline of History by re-visiting the existing literature on the subject of History and Historiography of South Asia.

Delegates

More than 90 National and International scholars participated in the Conference. Of the 22 foreign delegates who participated in the conference and presented their papers, 4 were from England, one from Portugal, one from Canada and sixteen were from India. Of the sixteen Indians, 13 were Muslims (both male and female), two were Hindus (two males and one female) and one was Sikh. A strong contingent from Aligarh Muslim University participated.

Proceedings

Besides Inaugrual Sessions and Concluding Sessions, twelve Academie Sessions of the Conference were held. The Inaugural Session was chaired by Ms. Sadia Rashid, President of the Pakistan Historical Society whereas Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Punjab, was the Chief Guest. Though 96 Abstracts were received, but owing to shortage of time only 70 speakers were able to present their papers. The papers presented covered a variety of topics such as Ancient History, Gandhara Art and Architecture, Cultural Heritage, Medieval History, Modem South Asian History, History of Pakistan, Regional and Local History, and popular perception of History. Most of the speakers remained focused strictly on the main themes of their topics from fresh angles. The audience included mostly scholars, students of history, political science and others. Delegates and guests showed tremendous interest in the papers which was evident by their keen participation in the question and answer sessions.

Main Features

The main feature of the conference was active participation of senior and renowned national and international historians/political scientists and social scientists like Prof. Di. Sarah Ansari (UK), Prof. Dr. Iftikhar Haider Malik (UK), Dr. Hasan Beg (UK), Dr. Pippa Virdee (UK), Prof. Sharif al-Mujahid (Karachi), Prof. Dr. Fatima Bilgrami (Aligarh, India), Prof. Dr. Roohi Abida Ahmad, (Aligarh) Prof. Dr. Gulfishan Khan (Aligarh, India), Prof. Dr. Liyaqat Moini, Gaddmashin of Ajmer Sharif (Aligarh, India), Prof. Dr. Naudir Bakht (former Dean of Arts, Quetta University), Prof. Dr. Abdur Rauf (Peshawar), Dr. Yaqoob Bangash (FC College, Lahore), Dr. Ali Qasmi (LUMS, Lahore), Dr. Javaid Haider Syed (Gujrat University), Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmed (Islamabad) and Dr. Ansar Zahid Khan (General Secretary, Pakistan Historical Society).

We also had some young historians who can be termed as a new generation of scholars in the galaxy of Historians. From the Indian side there were Dr. Nayer, Dr. Ramesh Kumar (a blind, but devoted historian), Dr. Vinod Kumar, Ms. Sunita Dewidi, Mr. Muhammad Tariq Sheikh and many others. From the Pakistani side, we had Dr. Farooq Dar (Islamabad), Dr. Akhtar Sandhu (Lahore), Dr. Kokab (Faisalabad), Dr. Tahir Mahmood, Miss Farzana Arshad (G.C.U., Lahore), Mr. Fakhar Bilal (Islamabad), Dr. Ijaz (NDU, Islamabad) Dr. Salaman Bangash (Peshawar), and many other researchers and scholars from Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Islamabad and Peshawar, and Anna Razzak, who came all the way from Portugal. …

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