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.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

    30th July 2016

  • Date of notification to the author

    5th August 2016

  • Full Paper Submission Deadline

    20th September 2016

  • Deadline of initial registration ``Early Birds”

    September 15, 2016

  • Deadline of registration fees Extended Deadline 20 November, 2016

    October 16, 2016 – November 15, 2016  Extended Deadline 20 November, 2016

  • Expected dates for the Conference

    05-09 December, 2016

Main focus of the conference is:

Asian History, Culture and Environment: Vernacular and Oriental Paradigms

The scope of the conference would centre on the following sub themes:

  • History and Culture
  • Historiography and Cultural Mapping
  • Vernacular and Orientalist Paradigms on Asian History
  • Environmentalist Approach to Asian History
  • Varying Perspectives in History Writing
  • Oral History, Culture and Environment
  • Politics: Continuity and Change
  • Society: Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Societies in Asia
  • Cultural Heritage and Heritance
  • Education: The New Challenges to the Disciplines of History, Culture and Environment in Asia
  • Architectural, Cultural and Environmental Preservation of Asia
  • Tourism in Asia: An Environmentalist Perspective
  • Biography: Unsung Heroes of Asia
  • Religion and Belief Systems
  • Environment and Human Development
  • Mysticism: Sufi Culture and Environment
  • Language: Local, National or International
  • Literature: Alternate Perspectives of Fictional Ideas
  • Civilization: Colonialism and Pre/Post Colonialism
  • History and Public Domain
  1. To provide scholars in different countries an opportunity to come together for an exchange of views, ideas, and information regarding what was being done in their respective countries towards the extension, improvement, and refinement of historical knowledge relative to the national and regional needs of Asian peoples particularly with reference to the conference theme: Asian History, Culture and Environment: Vernacular and Oriental Paradigms.
  2. To find ways and means through collaboration and networking among academics and international scholars for fruitful information with a view to discard myths, fables, and stereotyped claims appearing in the guise of facts in history books and for solving common problems in research as growth of history under Vernacular and Oriental Paradigms.
  3. To strengthen the IAHA forum, having as its main objective the enhancement of the usefulness of written history as an instrument for the promotion of world peace, goodwill, understanding and peaceful co-existence.
  4. To strengthen the position of NIHCR QAU Pakistan as a competitive and world-class higher institution of learning.The conference will also strengthen the networking between educational institutions, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Media and other related institutions.
  5. The conference will also strengthen the networking between educational institutions, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Media and other related institutions.

In many ways, the IAHA Conference is unique in its scope, goals, and history. The IAHA 2016 lays the groundwork for a continuation of the effort to provide a platform for academics and consultants on the Asian History, Culture and Environment: Vernacular and Oriental Paradigms. In this regard, the present conference is officially declared as the 24th IAHA conference. Significantly, the conference will also serve as a forum for discussion and debate about the challenges and the future of Asian History and Culture and the impact of Environmental change on the life and culture of the Asian countries.

Through international deliberations, the delegations of 23rd IAHA in Kedah, Malaysia agreed to choose the NIHCR, Islamabad as the next location for the 24th IAHA Conference i.e. IAHA 2016. The capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad is located in the northwest of the country on Potohar Plateau. This area has been significant in history for being a part of the crossroads of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The city was built in 1960 to replace Karachi as the capital city of Pakistan, which it has been since 1963. Due to Islamabad’s proximity to Rawalpindi, they are considered sister or twin cities. Compared to other cities of the country, Islamabad is a clean, spacious and quiet city with lots of greeneries. The site of the city has a history going back to the earliest human habitations in Asia. This area has seen the first settlement of Aryans from Central Asia, ancient caravans passing through Central Asia including the massive armies of Alexander and Tamerlane. To the north of the city one can find the Margalla Hills. Hot summers, monsoon rains and cold winters with sparse snowfall in the hills almost summarize the climate of this area. Islamabad also has a rich wildlife ranging from wild boars to Leopards.


The conference is open to all academia, educators, civil society, media professionals and industry practitioners extending their contributions corresponding to the main scope and themes of the conference. Researchers, local and international students of higher education are also encouraged to avail the opportunity. It is estimated that 300 national and international participants will be attending the conference apart from the presenters, panellists and experts.

Language: Official Conference Language: Papers may be written either in English or Urdu. In case of Urdu the ‘Abstract’ should necessarily be in English.

Note: Send your curriculum vitae along with the abstracts

Contact Details for Papers

Ms. Rahat Zubair
General Secretary IAHA 2016
NIHCR, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-2896153/127

Mr. Muhammad Jahanzaib Malik
Joint Secretary IAHA 2016
PEDA International, Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: +92-300-5218273


*Early Bird (International Presenters & Participants)                  : USD 130

*Early Bird (National Presenters & Participants)

  1. National with Residence             : RS 4,000
  2. National Non-Residents ((Hotel Accommodation will not be provide)               : RS 1,000

**Normal Registration (International presenters and participants)                            : USD 150

**Normal Registration (National presenters and participants)

  1. National with Residence :RS 10,000
  2. National Non-Residents (Hotel Accommodation will not be provide)   : RS 5,000
  • Special Registration (International presenters and participants)                    : USD 200
  • Special Registration ((National presenters and participants)
  1. National with Residence : RS 20,000
  2. National Non-Residents (Hotel Accommodation will not be provide)    : RS 10,000

Post-Conference Trips                                                                                                :As per Trip

  • Early Bird Registration (October 01,2016 – October 15,2016)

**Normal Registration (October 16, 2016 – November 15, 2016)


Extended Deadline 20 November, 2016

  • Special Registration (November 21, 2016 – November 30, 2016)
  • Second and further abstracts by the same author will be charged 50% of the above preferred registration fees.
  • Students must provide proof of their student notification/card.


IAHA 2016 Conference Fees include full access to all sessions, conference materials as well as several cultural performances. Boarding/lodging, lunches and coffee breaks on all four days of the Conference will be provided by the NIHCR for their local hospitality.

Conference fees exclude accommodation.

Additional fees are required for post-conference field trips



Please find our bank information as following:


Bank Name                       :           United Bank Limited   (UBL)

Branch                               :          G-8 Markaz Islamabad, PAKISTAN

Account Title                    :            People Empowering & Development Alternatives

Account No.                     :            0234-225662993

Currency                           :           USD

IBAN                                :             PK19 UNIL 0109 0002 2566 2993

SWIFT Code                    :            UNILPKKA741


Bank Name                       :            United Bank Limited (UBL)

Branch                               :           G-8 Markaz Islamabad, PAKISTAN

Account Title                    :             People Empowering & Development Alternatives

Account No.                     :             0234-222187196

Currency                           :            PKR

IBAN                                :             PK08 UNIL 0109 0002 2218 7196

SWIFT Code                    :            PKKAUNIL741

***Registration can only be secured and confirmed when the payment’s evidence has been received.


International Participants may make payment to the IAHA 2016 using any of the payment modes available as per their regional/national available method.

Please Email the scanned payment slip/bank slip to:

Mr. Mujahid Hussain

Executive Director

PEDA International


Pakistani Participants can submit the registration fee through Bank Draft/Pay Order.

Bank Draft/Pay Order made payable to:

People Empowering & Development Alternatives

Please mail the Bank Draft/Pay Order to:

Mr. Mujahid Hussain

Executive Director

PEDA International

Office: 609, 6th Floor Khudadad Heights E-11

Main Mragalla Road, Islamabad



NIHCR will provide local hospitality to honorable paper presenters  and in case of co-authors, only lead author will be provided local hospitality. 

Conference Registration Form