ISLAMABAD: Speakers in an international conference on “ Local Cities, Foreign Capitals: Finding the Local Anchor in the Global Cultures”at International Islamic University, Monday agreed that use of force will ultimately make the world deprived of the fruits of globalization, while it was necessary that common human values and prerogatives be promoted across the world without any discrimination.
The three day multi-disciplinary conference is a joint venture of the Departments of English, Politics &IR at IIUI and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, as part of the US Department of State’s University Partners Grant Program. It is the second in a series of such conferences after the first one was hosted by UNCW in May 2016.
More than a hundred papers are being presented by researchers from various countries on issues as diverse as globalization, Diaspora Studies, Religious Identities, global politics, world literature, linguistics and many more. The conference is expected to address the myriad and seminal forms of impact that globalization has had and continues to exert on the many facets of religion, politics, society and culture in the world.
Senator MushahidHussain Syed, being the Keynote speaker at the inauguration ceremony of the conference said that double standards of societies towards globalization would affect the globalization and there was a dire needfor disseminating peace across the globe.
Talking about the role of Pakistan in globalization, the senator said that Pakistan’s role is pivotal when it comes to globalization and humanitarian efforts. He said that Pakistan accommodated millions of refugees from Islamiccountries in past and welcomed them with an open heart. He told that as many as 7.7 million Pakistanis were contributing in global economy in countries, while more than 2000 Pakistani troops have helped UN to complete the mission of serving humanity across the world.
Dr. Al-Draiweesh, President IIUI said in his presidential speech that dialogue was the salient feature of globalization and was the ultimate solution to the global problems. He continued that Islam had nothing to do with terrorism, while it advocates peace, humanity and peaceful co-existence in all the societies. He furthered that Islam was a global religion which addressed humanity. The IIUI President urged the universities to play role in promotion of peaceful co-existence across the world in all human societies.Talking about the role of IIUI, he told that IIUI is a unique hub of cultural diversity which provides a peaceful milieu for knowledge to students of more than 40 countries.
Dr. Caroline Clements also spoke on the occasion and thanked IIUI for collaboration with her university and termed this conference a successful activity for constructiverecommendations on the topic.
Dr. MunawarIqbalGondal, Dean Faculty of Languages and Literature apprised the participants of the objectives and topics of the conference and told about various sessions. He hoped that researchers would come up with best recommendations.
Dr. Husnl Amin, executive director, IRD of the IIUI highlighted the goals of the conference and told about the mutual collaboration between both sides.
Conference would conclude on October11 with recommendations on the topic given in the light of more than 100 research papers’.