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“Gender, Religion and Culture in Psychology

A three-day international conference on “Gender, Religion and Culture in Psychology: Issues Challenges
and Prospects” Tuesday began at the Government College University Lahore to discuss how theories
developed in the west are being adopted in the Pakistani contest and how gaps in culturally embedded
literature create room for research in non-western societies.
Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood was chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of the
conference which was also addressed by American Psychological Association Chief Executive Officer Dr
Jaime Diaz Granados, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Dr. Syeda Shahida Batool, the
conference chairperson.
Besides students and faculty members from 40 universities of Pakistan, seven illustrious researchers
from UK, USA, Germany and Iran were also participating in the conference organized by the university’s
Psychology Department in collaboration with the federal and provincial higher education commissions.
Addressing the conference, Shafqat Mahmood said the importance of social sciences and humanities
could not be ignored even in this age of science and technology. He said that their government would
increase budget for research besides establishing new universities. He proudly shared he was an
alumnus of GC Psychology Department, saying that he had studied psychology for six years at the
Government College Lahore and later taught for two years as a young lecturer.
GCU VC Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that universities charters were needed to be reviewed as there
existed different clauses and rules of business that impeded the progress of higher education institutions.
“We have very high hopes from the present government that it would do for the education that was not
done before,” he added.
The Vice Chancellor mentioned that GCU had made it to Times Higher Education World Universities
Ranking for the first time last year due to the hard work and dedication of its faculty members. However,
he said GCU would witness more rapid development in the coming years with the completion of its new
campus at Kala Shah Kaku.
Prof Dr Shahida Batool, the conference chairperson, said literature demonstrated that the psychology of
gender and religion were knitted together in the local and national cultures as well. “The conference will
cover multiple issues related to religion, gender and culture and their relevance to subjective and
psychological well-being,” she added.
Later, Dr Jaime Diaz Granados, in his keynote address, explored how culture formed people’s thoughts

and behaviors and how psychological science could inform the ways that culture shaped people’s self-
concepts, perceptions, relationships, and moral reasoning.

The three-day conference is spread over 20 scientific and one poster session.

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