Forman Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN:  2790-8437

Welcome to the Forman Journal for Social Sciences. This journal was birthed out of the deep commitment of Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) to the liberal arts conversation between disciplines. While disciplinary journals have their important place in the academy, an interdisciplinary journal contributes to the grand conversation about truth. Truth, of course, is not restricted to socially constructed discipline silos that are cognitively convenient. This journal is designed to facilitate the promotion of knowledge across boundaries and so is poised to move an expansive dialog about the human condition forward in important ways.

As a social science journal, FJSS finds itself as part of the global community committed to probing the human condition along a spectrum of perspectives from individualistic to communal. The social sciences share a set of common commitments that are explored in these pages: truth, ethical integrity, empiricism, and compassion. I welcome you to participate in this conversation through your readership and through contributing to the high-quality scholarship of this publication.

Douglas E. Trimble, PhD (Social Psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA)

As Editor-in-Chief, I am pleased and indeed privileged to welcome you to our new journal, Forman Journal of Social Sciences (FJSS) and to introduce you to some of its salient features, though its website will describe a host of features at great length.

The FJSS is being published by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), one of the oldest colleges in Lahore/ Pakistan, founded by Dr Charles W. Forman in 1864, as Mission College, to begin with.

In 1894, after Dr Forman’s death, the College was renamed ‘Forman Christian College’ in his honor and fond memory. The College moved to its present location in 1940 with a couple of social science subjects being taught already. It received the University Charter in 2003, to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, leading to PhD degree.

Soon after, the Faculty of Social Sciences was established which, presently, comprises six departments of Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Forman Christian College University (FCCU) is the first and, so far, the only liberal arts university in the country. It is also a member of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance.

The FJSS will be a double-blind, peer-reviewed, and open-access journal and will cover various disciplines of social sciences and their related fields of interest including Anthropology, Archaeology, Demography and Population Studies, Economics, Geography, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, and Sociology.

The FJSS will be a bi-annual journal, published in June and December, and will carry Articles, Review Articles, and Book Reviews. It will follow the APA Style for citations and will be indexed in all major indexing databases of research. There will be no fee for submission or publication. The FJSS will be published in English and will be international in its scope, both in terms of contributions and the editorial composition. It will follow COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) to ensure the ethical integrity of the contributions for publication.

Its International Advisory Board comprises a distinguished group of scholars, authors, and indeed leaders of their disciplines. It includes Prof. Matthew Cook (presently President of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies), Prof. Roger D. Long, Prof. Ian Talbot, Prof. Iftikhar H. Malik, Prof. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, and Dr Ghazala Rehman.

The FJSS will not only strengthen the research capacity of social scientists in the Faculty of Social Sciences at FCCU but, hopefully, will also help boost institutional growth of social sciences in the country, indeed social sciences in general. Its interdisciplinary nature may help social scientists even find that their research overlaps with, even compliments, research conducted in another discipline. This may not only promote interdisciplinary research but also, in the process, international cooperation in academia and the academic world. If so, the journal will have served its purpose well.

Before I conclude, however, I would like to thank our Patron, Dr Douglas Trimble, for his encouragement and support, Managing Editor, Dr Muhammad Younis and Editor, Dr Sara Rizvi Jafree, for all their devotion, hard work, persistence, abilities, and skills for making it possible for us to prepare and launch this journal. The journal will be launched in December 2021. I really look forward to it with much anticipation and hope!

God bless.

Dr Sikandar Hayat

Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

The Forman Journal of Social Sciences (FJSS) is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed and refereed international journal published by the Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore, Pakistan. FCCU is an independent liberal arts university located in Lahore, Pakistan, and founded in 1864.

The main objective of FJSS is to provide an intellectual platform for local and international scholars to promote original and valuable scholarship in the Social Sciences, including but not limited to subject areas of: Anthropology, Archaeology, Demography and Population Studies, Economics, Geography, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, and Sociology.

All publications of FJSS will be made available online and published twice a year (June and December). There are no submission or publication fees. Previous issues of FJSS are online and can be found on the website. FJSS welcomes original articles, review articles, and book reviews and is accepting submissions on a rolling basis through the year. However, authors interested in publishing for June issue are encouraged to submit before 28 February and those interested in publishing in December issue are encouraged to submit before 31 August.

FJSS uses Open Journal System (OJS) for online submissions. Authors are requested to register on the following OJS link and submit their manuscript after following journal instructions for submissions:

For more information, about FJSS and author submission details please visit the FJSS website: ba90

the FJSS website: ba90

In case of any questions or concerns you may email the Editor, Dr. Sara Rizvi Jafree, on:

Contact information of Editorial Office

E-Building, Room 123; Ferozepur Road, Lahore 54600 Pakistan