The conference entitled Education in Asia: What Global Issues? was held in Serve, France, on 12-14 June, 2014 to mark the 20th anniversary of their tri-annual journal,Revue Internationale d’Education de Sevres (RIES). At the conference, Dr Datoo presented a case-study on education in Pakistan in a workshop setting with the assigned theme The Narratives and Discourses Shaping Education.
Dr Datoo’s presentation entitled Predominant Narratives Shaping Education in Pakistan: Historical and Sociological Perspectives was based on textual and ethnographic works. He identified multiple ongoing narratives such as post/colonial identity, religious nationalism, globalisation, post 9/11 discourse of ‘enlightened moderation’, marketisation and media which continue to influence educational policy and curricular content in Pakistani schools.