April 1, 2, and 3, 2020

Call for Papers

The Department of Philosophy at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a multi-disciplinary conference on Pakistan’s 70 years of existence, its future potentials and prospects, its role in the region and the world, and the modernization of the Pakistani state and society. Scholars of South Asian Studies from across the US will cover various facets of Pakistan’s situation in this two-day conference. Diplomats from the State Department, Pakistan Embassy, and the United Nations will participate.

Ambassador Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at The American University will deliver the inaugural Address followed by a cultural program of Sufi music by the world famous Junoon group of Pakistan.

Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Hafeez Malik, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Villanova University/Editor Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Dr. Brian Spooner, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, will deliver a special lecture.

The conference papers will cover the following and related themes:

  1. Economic and Developmental Challenges: Debt Burden and The Road Ahead
  2. Using Science and Technology for Poverty Alleviation: The Case of Pakistan
  3. Political and Constitutional Challenges and Crises of Pakistan
  4. Structure of Pakistan Society
  5. Religion and Politics in Pakistan: Implications for Human Rights and Modernization of State
  6. Pakistan-India Relations: The Kashmir Problem and the Rest
  7. Pak-US Relations: History, Challenges, and Future
  8. Pakistan and the Conflict in Afghanistan: Challenges of Contemporary Terrorism
  9. Trade Prospects/Relations with China, Russia, India, Afghanistan, and Central Asia
  10. Art, Literature, and Philosophy in Pakistan

Scholars are invited to submit their abstracts or completed papers by September 2, 2019, at 3:00 pm ET. The decision about the acceptance of papers will be communicated by mid-October.

Authors of accepted papers will be provided local hospitality by Kutztown University.

For more information, contact Dr. M.A. Adeel at , Mrs. Laurel Delaney, or call the Philosophy Department main office at 610-683-4230.