The 1st International Humanities Conference at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) got underway on Friday 13 October and concluded on 15 October 2017.
It was a three-day event, which aimed to highlight the importance of humanities in a transitional world with an eye on current developments in postcolonial and transcultural studies, as well as pedagogical practices in humanities. Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin was the chief guest at the inaugural session, which was also attended by noted scholars Professor Amritjit Singh and Prof Robert JC Young, who delivered the keynote address.
The conference was attended by national and international speakers along with scholars and authors, and featured a number of sessions. In his address at the inaugural session, Punjab HEC Chairman Dr Nizamuddin stated that this event will help find ways to better teach arts and humanities. He also called for more interactive ways of teaching the disciplines as opposed to a lecture-based system.
The conference focused on highlighting the significance of humanities in Pakistan and South Asia. It looked at the possibilities of reorienting the creation of knowledge by interrogating the relevance of such a project for Pakistan, South Asia and other postcolonial regions of the world which have become globalized and trasncultural.
Notable speakers at the Conference included, Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy, Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Robert J.C. Young, Dr Kauser Abdulla Malik, Robert J. C. Young, Amritjit Singh and Justice Nasira Iqbal from the Lahore High Court.