President of WWF International to deliver keynote address
Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, and Center for Global Engagement will host the keynote address of the 10th annual South Asian Media and Cultural Studies (SAMCS) Conference Friday, Feb. 2.
Adil Najam, president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF International), will deliver the talk “Climate and Development in the Age of Adaptation.” Najam has served as president of WWF International since 2023 and is also dean emeritus and professor of International Relations and Earth and the Environment at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.
This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place:
FRIDAY, FEB. 2, 2024
5 P.M. RECEPTION
5:30 P.M. LECTURE
THE GLOBE AUDITORIUM
110 S. WOODWARD AVE.
FLORDIA STATE UNIVERSITY
The main conference panels will take place from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET Friday, Feb. 2, and will be livestreamed on the SAMCS YouTube channel. An informal virtual networking session will take place beforehand from 7 to 7:45 a.m. via Zoom (the link will be emailed after registration). Registration for the SAMCS conference is free and open to the public at comm.cci.fsu.edu.
In addition to serving as the keynote address for the SAMCS Conference, Najam’s presentation is also a part of FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Ruth K. & Shepard Broad International Lecture Series and the Center for Global Engagement’s Engage Your World Speaker Series. Those unable to attend the keynote address in person can stream the lecture on the FSU College of Communication and Information’s YouTube page.
Najam’s research and teaching focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and conservation, and human development. His areas of expertise include international negotiation, sustainable development, global environmental justice, human development and human security, international environmental politics, environmental conversation, politics of the Muslim world and politics of South Asia.
Najam was also a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford’s Wolfson College in 2022-23 and was named the first De Janosi Fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria for 2023-24. He is also the Mahathir Mohamad Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, where he leads research on Islam and the environment.
The SAMCS conference is a leading global platform for the researchers, academicians and practitioners who actively contribute to the advancements of South Asian media and cultural research, policies and practices in the subcontinent. Under the theme of “Digital for Good,” the 10th annual SAMCS conference will provide a collaborative platform for scholars and practitioners to discuss the way forward to a sustainable and inclusive future for South Asia.
Presenters will join the conference from around the world to speak on topics including digital transformation of the South Asian mediascape, digital individuals, culture and data, digital knowledge and digital media for an inclusive and sustainable South Asia.
To view the full conference program, visit bit.ly/samcs24program. For more information about SAMCS at FSU, visit comm.cci.fsu.edu/faculty-research/south-asian-media-studies.