Call for Papers: I-SAPS Colloquium on Public Action in Pakistan

‘’Public Action in Pakistan: Vacillating between Apathy and Anger’’

November 27-28, 2011

Institute of Social and Policy Sciences Islamabad invites papers for the first annual Colloquium on “Public Action in Pakistan: Vacillating between Apathy and Anger”. The Colloquium is first in the series of annual multi-disciplinary colloquia which will allow different social sciences’ perspectives leverage and enrich each other. Beyond its scholarly goals, we hope that the Colloquium would inform the debates on public policy and development agenda in Pakistan.

I-SAPS is inviting scholars in local as well as international academia to discuss the difficulties in dealing with social change especially in developing and Muslim societies like Pakistan from multi-disciplinary aspects, with special reference to individual’s personal behavior and its relation to societal changes. While noticing the non-presence of robust movements of social action in Pakistan, the academic wisdom identifies the supposedly widespread ‘apathy’ towards public action in Pakistani society as one of the major reasons. Dubbed at times as social malady, many observers claim that apathy is a commonly observed phenomenon in developing countries. Its symptoms include lack of participation and social responsibility resulting in meek public actions, allowing either the status quo or worsening of individual rights and civil liberties. While most continue with daily toil despite a perception of worsening social milieu, many are caught by raw anger which could vent out itself in self-destructive individual or group behavior. Before the recent upheavals in the Arab world, it was generally believed that apathy has become an epidemic in Muslim societies. The phenomenon also exists in the developed world where mass apathy towards political events and social movements has recently been getting a serious and closer academic attention.

The Colloquium aims to study the dynamics of social change with special reference to Pakistan. I-SAPS would welcome theoretical and empirical contributions from historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, economists, psychologist, media specialists, development practitioners etc., elaborating the historical and cultural contexts of the phenomena of apathy and anger in Pakistan and proposing solutions to the social problems caused by them.

We are accepting the Abstracts of proposed papers by 31st May, 2011. The Institute hopes to sponsor the participation of a limited number of scholars in the Colloquium in the beautiful city of Lahore. Finalized Papers shall be submitted by October 5, 2011 which will be sent out for a peer review. The accepted papers will be circulated to participants prior to the event. After the colloquium, developed versions of the papers presented in the colloquium will be eligible for publication by March 2012.

For further information please contact:


P. O. Box 1379

Islamabad- Pakistan

UAN: 0092-51-111-739-739, Fax: 0092-51-2825336


Call for Papers: Journal of Social and Policy Sciences

Submissions are invited for the 1st & 2nd issues of J-SAPS for the year 2011, due to be published in June and December 2011 respectively. The last dates for the acceptance of final research papers, book reviews and articles for the 1st and 2nd issue are 20th May and 10th November respectively.

J-SAPS particularly welcomes original research work both in social and policy sciences, particularly dealing with important issues in Pakistan and South Asia and on the issues of theory and scientific inquiry in social sciences in general. J-SAPS strictly follows a double blind peer-review policy with the help of a large pool of renowned local as well as international scholars and experts.

Submission Process:

All Manuscripts in MS Word must be sent before the submission deadlines at J-SAPS follows the citation style of the American Sociological Association (ASA) ( and it is strongly recommended that all the manuscripts are prepared according to ASA style guide. The contributions must not exceed the word limit of 8,000 in case of papers/articles and 3000 words in case of Book Reviews. Submitted articles will go through J-SAPS’ review and evaluation process. Final decision to publish the submitted articles rests with the J-SAPS Editorial Collective.

For further information, please contact:


P.O. Box: 1379

Islamabad- Pakistan

UAN: 0092-51-111-739-739, Fax: 0092-51-2825336