IAD Blog

August 2, 2019

IAD 2018: A Success in Pakistan

by Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim


Panel Discussion (Photo courtesy of Save Culture Heritage Group)

From Islamabad, Pakistan: Save Cultural Heritage Group organized an event for “International Archaeology Day Celebrations,” supported by the Archaeological Institute of America, in partnership with the Department of Sociology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, DirectAMS, Faxian Travel, and media partner ASEF Culture360.

The Department of Sociology and the Sociological Society at Quaid-i-Azam University hosted these belated celebrations of International Archaeology Day on Monday, December 31, 2018. A Panel Discussion on “Cultural Sociology and Cultural Studies: Embracing a Dialogue to Address the Challenges for Pakistan in the 21st Century” was held at Central Library, Quaid-i-Azam University. It proved to be an insightful session that included Art, Architecture, Sociology, and Archaeology professors, as well as scientists who work in interdisciplinary fields involving archaeology, and students from the Quaid-i-Azam University. Ms. Ayesha Chahat, Head of the Media and PR Department for Save Cultural Heritage Group, opened with remarks about the history of Archaeology Day and introduced the guests. After that, Dr. Imran Sabir moderated the discussion and made observations about the extent of present-day archaeology and the necessity of starting new fields of study in universities. This was followed by a panel of three experts who have worked for many years in interdisciplinary fields (art, architecture, archaeology, and sociology) reflecting upon their experiences in cultural studies. At the end of the discussion they took questions from the audience. Miss Huda Mughal, on behalf of Save Cultural Heritage Group, thanked the partners and participants of the event for facilitating such a thought-provoking symposium on interdisciplinary research in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage studies. The panelists stressed the need to continue such dialogue and maintain connections between researchers of all the diverse disciplines related to cultural studies.

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