2nd Hamdard International Conference of Linguistics & Literature

Conference Overview

The intersection of Language & Literature encompasses both art and science, yielding remarkable insights. While researchers have made significant strides in both domains, there remains a vast expanse awaiting exploration. With the aim of advancing our mission, upholding academic excellence, and fostering research endeavors, the Department of English-Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Hamdard University is thrilled to announce its 2nd Hamdard International Conference of Language and Literature. This year’s theme is “Empowering Children’s Literature for Greater Pakistan.”

Our conference serves as a platform to engage the intellectual community. We cordially invite contributions of recent, pertinent, and unpublished research to enrich this scholarly event.


– Keynote Speaker

Senator (Retd.) Javed JabbarJaved-Jabbar (1)

Senator (Retd.) Javed Jabbar is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, policy analyst, and former senator who has served as a federal minister on three occasions. His areas of expertise and special interest encompass voluntary work, communications, environment, education, and national and international affairs. He has held ministerial portfolios in Information and Broadcasting, Science and Technology, Petroleum and Natural Resources, and National Affairs.

The Supreme Court and High Courts have appointed him as an expert advisor on media and communication matters. He is credited with proposing and drafting the ordinance that introduced private, independent TV and radio channels in 2002.

In 2020, the All Pakistan Newspapers Society honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He also holds the distinction of being the first Pakistani communications practitioner to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Asian Advertising Federation in 2019 and received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pakistan Advertisers’ Society in 2015.

In 2021, Senator Javed Jabbar wrote and produced the documentary film “Separation of East Pakistan: The Untold Story,” which has garnered over 500,000 views worldwide. His production “Ramchand Pakistani” earned him the Lux Award for Best Cinema Film in 2008 and gained international acclaim.

In 2022, he chaired the Steering Committee responsible for re-recording Pakistan’s National Anthem for the first time since its original recording in 1954, receiving high praise for the re-recording and its video.

Senator Javed Jabbar is also an accomplished writer and presenter, with 19 books to his credit, including anthologies and books on media. He wrote the screenplay for Pakistan’s first and only English-language cinema film, “Beyond the Last Mountain” (1976), which he also directed and garnered acclaim both in Pakistan and overseas.

Additionally, his three political memoirs, published in 2021-22, have received widespread acclaim and became best-sellers on Amazon/Kindle. His work, “Pakistan—Unique Origins; Unique Destiny?” had its third edition published in 2017, along with Urdu and Sindhi translations. His anthology “Pathways” won the UBL Literary Award for Best Non-Fiction English book at the 9th Karachi Literature Festival in 2018. Several education and training institutions prescribe three versions of his book, “What is Pakistaniat?” in their curricula.

In his extensive voluntary work spanning four decades, Senator Javed Jabbar is the founder and/or chairman of several leading public service organizations focused on orphan care, education, healthcare, research, ecological values/practices, and responsible citizenship. For more details, please visit www.javedjabbar.net.


– International Guest Speakers

Dr. Lynn ZimmermDr. Lynn Zimmermanan

Dr. Lynn Zimmerman, a Professor Emerita of Education from Purdue University, boasts an impressive academic background with a Master’s in Library Science, a Master’s in TESOL, and a PhD in Curriculum & Teaching. Her TEFL journey began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland in 1992. Over the years, she has taught educational foundations, intercultural communication, and TEFL at various levels globally. As a Fulbright Scholar in Poland, Belarus, and Moldova, an English Language Fellow in Albania, and an English Language Specialist in Chad and Uzbekistan, she has left a significant impact on education worldwide. Additionally, she played a crucial role in re-designing OPEN courses for professional development in Pakistan in 2021 and 2022. Dr. Zimmerman’s vast expertise and dedication continue to influence educators worldwide.



– National Guest Speakers/Session Chairs

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

  • Abstracts should be original and no more than 250 words in length.
  • The abstract must be submitted by the presenting author, and upon acceptance, all presenters must complete the registration process to secure their participation.
  • Ensure that any abbreviations used are defined upon first use.
  • Abstracts can be submitted to hicell@hamdard.edu.pk.
  • Submissions are welcomed for oral presentations, poster sessions, 3-Minute Thesis Presentations, and e-presentations.



The broad themes for the conference include, but are not limited to:



Children’s Literature


Young poets and Social Media

Second Language Acquisition

Regional  Literature and Local colors

Content & Language Integrated Learning 

Literature in Digital Age

Inclusivity in language

Fandoms and Comics

Language culture and modern society

Literary Stylistics

Pragmatics and Media

Popular Fiction

Digital Citizenship

Literature in Digital Age

Pedagogical Trends in English Language

Ecology and ecocriticism in literature

Translation Studies : Challenges, methods  and  Trends

Postcolonial Literature

Computational Linguistics

Literature, Culture and Identity

Corpus Linguistics

Contemporary Literature 

Syntax : National, Regional and English Language

Pandemic Literature

Phonetics and Phonology: National, Regional and English Language

Literature in Films and V-logging

Language and Power

Psychology in literature

Education, psychology, and language

Ecology in literature/Eco justice

L2 Motivation and anxiety

Special Themes:

o   Discovering Identity in Hamdard Naunehal (Pakistani Children’s bilingual monthly magazine)

o   Literary Corpus Analysis of Hamdard Naunehal (Pakistani kid’s bilingual monthly magazine)


Special Themes:

o   Integrating Hamdard Naunehal (Pakistani Children’s bilingual monthly magazine) in teaching children’s Language.

o   Impact of Naunehal (Pakistani Children’s bilingual monthly magazine) on L1 learning motivation.


Important Dates

Call for Abstract: July 25, 2023


Submission Deadline: September 20, 2023


Last date for registration of presenter: October 5, 2023


Conference day & Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023


Online Registration link: 



Account Title: Hamdard University

Bank Islami Pakistan Limited

Abul Hasan Isphahani Road Branch, Karachi

Account Number: 119000031070190

IBAN Number: PK18BKIP0119000031070190

Swift Code: BKIPPKKA


Registration FEE

Attendee till October 05, 2023PKR 2000
Presenter till October 05, 2023PKR 2500
International ParticipantUSD 50
On Desk Registration PKR 3000
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