The 24th International Conference of Historians of Asia (IAHA 2016) is going to be held in Islamabad the capital city of Pakistan in December 2016. It has been a permanent feature of the International Association of Asia (IAHA) to arrange an International Conference every alternate year to facilitate the process of Asian History writing since 1960. Then onward a total number of twenty three international conferences have been conducted under different themes which helped to highlight different perspectives regarding history of Asia by the scholars all over the world. It is for the first time that Pakistan won the office of IAHA President and eventually got the opportunity to host this conference. The NIHCR is going to assemble the historians of Asia through the IAHA forum under the patronage of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). The IAHA 2016 Conference is entitled as ‘ASIAN HISTORY, CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT: VERNACULAR AND ORIENTAL PARADIGMS’.
Nothing is permanent but change! The world is in perpetual and persistent transition. The modernist perspective of history intends having uniformity, homogeneity and conformity to human ideas whereas, postmodern perspective aspires documenting diversity, heterogeneity and infirmity of ideas. The earliest histories were written in comparatively simple manner but the transformation of thought and growth of human ideas have made perspectives multifaceted. The division of world into the white, black and yellow nations on one side and its compartmentalization into First, Second and Third Worlds on the other or with reference to the existence on the globe as Eastern and Western World; the worldviews or the thinking patterns have been shifted from simple to complex and unusual ones. Increasing complexities of the ideas and every day changing patterns of thinking with reference to historic interpretations of the past events invites historians to redefine what has happened in the previous centuries. The Conference IAHA 2016 is an attempt to decipher the changing patterns of historic events and multiple approaches to understand the phenomenon of change and growth.