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SAMAAJ KHAYAAL: RETHINKING POST-MODERNISM IN PAKISTAN

The NUMS Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (DSBS) initiated a monthly series of discussions titled “Samaaj Khayaal” which aims to transcend disciplinary boundaries, find connections and bring to light issues of social relevance. The first session titled “Rethinking Post-Modernism in Pakistan” was held on July 18, 2019 at NUMS Secretariat. Around 50 participants from academic and management departments of NUMS were in attendance.

Dr. Arif Mahmud, Acting Head of Department-DSBS welcomed the audience and introduced them to the idea behind “Samaaj Khayaal”, specifying the need to collectively deliberate upon the theoretical and empirical aspects of social issues. Dr. Abdul Qadar, Assistant Professor-DSBS as one of the speakers, familiarized the multidisciplinary audience with the concepts of modernism, truth and relativism. Afterwards, Dr. Rehma Gilani, Assistant Director-Research put forward some questions for the audience by asking whether truth only means reaching a holistic account through science and logic? Moreover, has this truth helped us get out of poverty, disease, conflicts or has paved way for more stress?

The audience participated in the open forum by questioning the existing meta-narratives of enlightenment, justice and humanism. The discussion concluded with the idea that there can be multiple relative truths and as a diverse society, we should show tolerance to the prevailing subjective realities that might be different from ours.

The Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, HI (M), Retd also graced the occasion and appreciated the multidisciplinary debate in his closing remarks.