Report on 2nd "International Conference Peace Building: Policies, Research, & Strategies (ICPB2023)"

The Department of Humanities, under the leadership of Dr. Shameem Fatima (Associate Professor /Chairperson- Humanities Department) and assisted by Dr Musferah Mehfooz organized the 2nd “International Conference Peace Building: Policies, Research, & Strategies (ICPB2023) on 15th and 16th March 2023.  The conference theme covered a wide range of topics related to but not limited to the role of psychology and religion in peace building, role of art and literature in artistic and literary description of war and conflict and violence in special groups, and the role of media and journalism in violence, abuse and crime reporting. With pride, it is shared that Society for the study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, the division 48 of American Psychology Association collaborated with us and sponsored the conference.  This division of APA works to promote peace globally. The pertinent interest and support of Dr Robin Lynn Treptow, President Peace psychology division, and Stephanie Beckman, Treasurer of the division led the way to this collaboration. It would be worth highlighting that the conference news of ICPB 2023 is being published in the upcoming newsletter of the Peace Psychology society.

Eminent international speakers from United States, Philipine, Singapore, India, Iran, and Maxico have presented in the conference. Dr Robin Lynn Treptow, President Peace psychology division of APA from USA and Prof Dr Bilveer Singh from National University of Singapore were keynote speakers. Other presenters from USA included retired Prof. Dr Arthur Kendall from Govt. Accountability Office USA, Dr John Darryl, Program Chair APA Convention 2023 and Dr Zeeshan president APANA. Dr Christina Montiel from philipine, and Ms Anupriya from india, who are the executive members of Peace Psychology division also presented in this conference. Moreover, Prof Dr Feggy Ostrosky from Maxico talked about neuropsychology of violence and Dr. Faramarz Asanjarani, from Iran talked about violence and cyber bullying.

Distinguished professionals from the country were Prof. Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Vice Chancellor GC Women University Sialkot, Prof. Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Vice Chancellor Beaconhouse National University, Prof. Dr. Qaisar Abbas, Vice Chancellor the University of Sargodha, Prof. Dr. Najma Najam, Pro Vice Chancellor Nur International University, Professor Adnan Rafiq from Pakistan Ministry of Planning, development and special initiatives, Prof. Dr Nashi Khan, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and president elect Pakistan Association of Clinical Psychologist, Prof. Dr Asir Ajmal, Dean FAS, gift university, Prof Dr Hadia Awan, Dean Faculty of Law university of central Punjab. Other distinguished professional from academia including Institute directors, Chairpersons, and head of the departments also attended the conference as presenters or session chairs. Professionals, academicians and young researchers from more than 40 universities from across the country presented at the conference. The conference program offered keynote and plenary lectures, panel discussions, invited guest talks, oral and poster presentations covering multidisciplinary topics related to the main conference theme. In addition, the conference

provided a platform for skill learning and training sessions focusing on training skills to resolve conflicts, enhance peace of mind by utilizing SALAM Model, polish forgiveness skills, gain awareness about managing suicidal ideation and behaviors etc. Training teams were from Punjab university, Government College University, Lahore college for Women University, Okara University, university of Central Punjab, KEMU, and international open university. The presence of eminent professionals from across the country as well as from USA, Singapore, Maxico, Philipine, Iran, and India has literally brought the world of peace psychology at the platform of COMSATS Lahore.

  • Shameem Fatima attended virtual BOF (Board of Faculty) meeting with Dean Business Administration Dr. Saqib Gulzar at 10:00 am dated 28th March, 2023.