International Conference on “Local Cities, Foreign Capitals: Finding the Local Anchor in the Global Cultures”

This was a 3-day international conference on “Local Cities, Foreign Capitals: Finding the Local Anchor in the Global Cultures” where more than 100 papers were received for presentation. The proceeding took place in a very cordial environment and speakers/scholars gave presentations on their topics. They commented that use of force will ultimately make the world deprived of the growth of globalization, while it was necessary to have common human values and prerogatives to be promoted across the world without any discrimination.

The US delegates included;

  1. Dr. Cara Cilano, Professor of English/Chairperson Department of English
  2. Michigan State University, USA
  3. Dr. Aaron King, Ben Taylor & Daniel Masters University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA
  4. Dr. Kira Hall, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  5. Dr. Michele A. Parker, Department of Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  6. Dr. Rahul Bjorn Parson (Chair), Department of Asian, Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado at Boulder
  7. Dr. Florentina C. Andreescu Department of International Studies International Studies Program, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  8. Dr. Jess Boersma, UNCW.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed was the Keynote speaker at the inauguration ceremony of the conference. He said that double standards of societies towards globalization would affect  the globalization and there was a dire need for disseminating peace across the globe. Talking about the role of Pakistan in globalization, Mushahid Hussain Syed said that Pakistan’s role is pivotal when it comes to globalization and humanitarian efforts. He said that Pakistan accommodated millions of refugees from Islamic countries 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 a large number of Pakistani troops have helped UN to complete the mission of serving humanity across the world.

More than a hundred papers were 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.


Dr. Caroline Clements also spoke on the occasion and thanked IIUI for collaboration with her university and termed this conference a successful activity for constructive recommendations on the topic. Dr. Munawwar Iqbal Gondal, 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. Husnul Amin, Executive Director, IRD highlighted the goals of the conference and told about the mutual collaboration between both sides. He lauded the efforts of late Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad and paid him rich tribute for securing three years IIUI partnership program with the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, N.C (UNCW), involving Department of Political Science/International Relations and Department of English and obtained US One Million dollar grant  by the US Government.

Professor Ahmad Al-Assal Memorial Keynote Speech was delivered on “Globalization of Islamic Law A Muslim Perspective on International Law” by Dr. Muhammad Khalid Masud,  former Chairman, Council of Islamic Ideology, Government of Pakistan.

He congratulates the organizers of this conference for undertaking this highly adventurous task of Finding the Local Anchor in the Global cultures. He expected at the end of this conference, the organizers must be feeling immensely satisfied to find local anchors in Pakistan. They are securely anchored in Pakistani Media culture as Anchor persons ready to globalize you on each aspect of globalism. During these three days the conference would have discovered with sighs of relief that Local Cities are as much globalized as the Foreign capitals, or at least we are almost there. He spoke about another problem, namely Globalization of Islamic law. He said he is afraid that the Foreign capitals still worried that we are not there.

Globalism has been posing a host of questions. For instance, exclusivity and sovereignty of national law has been questioned in the domain of International law. Issues like legal pluralism, rule of law and state interdependence are still debated. Muslims are singularized for calling for exception on account of Sharia in International Law. Consequently, globalization of Universal Human Rights, International conventions and treaties relating to judicialization and legality of women rights, protection and custody of children, marriage, divorce and inheritance are considered clashes between global and local.

The presentation was divided into seven sections, brief and small; First, he tried to understand what the terms Globalism and Globalization mean in the present discourse. He explained how this discourse, defines and characterizes these terms and spoke about the genealogy of the terms and history of globalization. In the second section. He will spoke especially about three waves of globalization with reference to the major studies on the subject. In the third section, he tried to answer the question: What’s wrong with globalization especially with the process of the globalization of International law. In sections 4, 5 and 6, he will focus on Islamic law and its tension with Universal Human Rights as globalized International law

A growing perception that a formerly state centered political process is evolving towards a mere multilayered one where other actors interplay in the pursuit of public goals and fulfillment of public tasks. In these discussions Characteristics of Globalism are described:

  1. Complexity
  2. Multidimensional
  3. Magnitude; a process in which masses are involved,
  4. restructuring, weakening of state and rise of non- state actors,
  5. Relativity; rule of law and sovereignty are no longer relevant