The first Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professor: M. Ayaz Naseem
Dr. M. Ayaz Naseem is a Canadian scholar of international repute. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Concordia University, Montreal, where he has been teaching since 2004. He is also the Graduate Program Director of Educational Studies in the Department of Education at Concordia University.
Dr. Naseem has held positions as Assistant Professor of Defense & Strategic Studies (1987-1994) and as a lecturer in International Relations (1987-1994) at Quaid i Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Comparative and Inter-national Education from McGill University in Montreal (Dean’s Honor List) and holds an M. Phil. and a Master’s degree (both with honors) in International Development from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, where he focused on peace studies and international educational development. He obtained a Bachelor in Political Science and Economics from the University of the Punjab in Pakistan. Dr. Naseem has been an important contributor to a variety of academic fields; he has published widely on issues including peace education, deconstruction of militarism in educational discourses, diversity and identity. His work draws from a number of theoretical traditions extending from post-structuralism to feminism to spiritualism. His more recent work focuses on points of inter-section between technology and society, especially on ways in which social media can provide avenues for peace education. Dr. Naseem has published five single-authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited books and more than 30 book chapters and articles in peer reviewed journals. His research has been presented at more than 50 international conferences.
SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN EDUCATIONAL SPACE FOR PEACE
“I am examining the potential of social media as an alternative educational space for the creation of conditions for sustainable peace through civic engagement. Exploring the potential of the blogosphere and social networking sites such as Facebook, I am taking a look at Pakistan as an in-conflict society. My work is based on research that understands individuals and groups in this new participatory space as networked publics who actively participate in the production and consumption of social, cultural andpolitical knowledge. Social networking sites provide the space where these networked individuals gather as publics and supply multiple audiences in and beyond the immediate locales of these networked publics. Social networks also offer a space in which the private voice of the networked individual can be transformed into a public voice."