Muscat: The Second International Conference of the College of Arts and Social Sciences was held at Sultan Qaboos University under the patronage of Dr. Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Legal Affairs.
The three-day conference titled 'The Role of Social Sciences in Investigating Contemporary Social Phenomena: Current Approaches and Future Vision' was participated by many researchers, both from Arab and foreign universities. The deliberations of the conference revolved around reinforcing the role of universities and scientific research centres in examining contemporary social phenomena, by monitoring, explicating and highlighting their implications and influences as well as presenting different approaches to dealing with them.
The conference discussed the cultural and social dimensions of contemporary social phenomena and its historical, geographical and demographic aspects. Paper presentations and discussions were also held on scientific research and production of knowledge and contemporary social phenomena, and the role of education, media and information practices in shaping social phenomena in addition to its economic dimensions.
The programme of the Conference included two main sessions. The opening session was held under the patronage of Dr. Abdulla Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Legal Affairs. It included the opening speech given by Dr. Abdullah bin Khamis Al Kindi, the Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the Head of the Organising Committee of the Conference, and the presentation of the first keynote speaker, Professor John Crowley, leader of the Global Environmental Change, Unesco.
The Conference hosted, in addition to the presentations of the keynote speakers, 10 sessions. In the first two days of the Conference, each session was divided into three parallel sessions, including the discussion of five research papers.
Meanwhile, the third and final session included five research papers as well as the concluding speech. Fifty-one research papers were presented in the conference. Besides, a number of researchers from the Gulf and other Arab countries attended the conference. There was also a noticeably high turn-out of the faculty members and students from the different colleges of Sultan
The conference recommended the necessity of preserving the identity of the Arabic language and spreading it globally through various means such as highlighting its unique identity, creating different mechanisms for interaction within the Arab World and calling upon Arabic research centres to engage in further standardization that would protect the Arabic language from the negative influences of cultural and linguistic globalization. It stressed on directing academic studies and scientific research towards contemporary social issues in such a manner as to reinforce intercultural communication.