2nd National Conference on Social and Human sciences in Morocco

When, local time: 
Thursday, 18 May 2017 -
9:00am to 5:30pm
Where: 
Morocco, Casablanca
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
Phinith Chanthalangsy, p.chanthalangsy@unesco.org ; Fatima Bourarach, f.bourarach@unesco.org

In order to promote the role of human and social sciences in contemporary societies, UNESCO, in partnership with the Moroccan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, is organizing the 2nd edition of the national conference on Social and human sciences on 18 May 2017 in Casablanca, Morocco. This edition entitled “Social and Human Sciences, what for?” will focus on the issue of the link between initial training in Humanities and Social Sciences and access to employment.

“What is the use of the social sciences and the humanities?” The objective of these conferences is to open a national debate on the situation and future of teaching and research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. These sciences have known varying fortunes in different times, countries and ideological contexts, but today they are – rightly or wrongly - questioned about their "real" or "practical" value.

On the occasion of this 2nd edition organized in partnership with the Casablanca-Settat Region and Hassan II, Hassan Ist and Chouaïb Doukkali universities, the focus will be on regional and territorial development, which shows concrete examples of this "practical utility" which is so much sought after, and so much questioned. A series of themes will be developed with the help of universities, but also actors of social and economic development.

However, can we reasonably envisage that the world and human societies could be understood without the sciences that intend to analyze them? More importantly, could collective public actions, which manage, regulate, and protect individuals and societies, be carried out without the scientific resources to understand social phenomena? Undoubtedly, it seems that public policies and, more broadly, the management of the human community can only be implemented based on solid knowledge and data in the socio-economic and cultural fields provided by social and human sciences research.

A series of themes will be developed with the help of universities, but also actors of social and economic development in order to answer the question of the link between initial training in SHS and access to employment.

These conferences are organized around three editions/moments which will give rise to the publication of a National Report on Social and Human Sciences in Morocco, co-published by UNESCO and the Moroccan National Commission for Education, Sciences and Culture, under the general direction of the Scientific Committee, and with the contribution of the scientific and steering committees of the various editions.