Call for Papers

As part of the celebration for and Mohandas and Kasturba Ghandi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations, the Gandhi Development Trust and Good Governance Africa have partnered to host a conference to honour their memory and bring their legacy forward. This conference will take place from 29 September to 3 October 2019 at the Phoenix Settlement, the Ashram established by Mohandas and Kasturba in Inanda, South Africa in 1904. The theme of the conference is The Confluence of Spirituality and Life – Gandhian Legacy for the 21st century. 

At a time when the world is facing the advent of the 4th industrial revolution (4IR), a time when the strife of poverty is becoming greater, a time when our world is afflicted with climate change and natural disasters, at a time when there are conflicts, war and violence of all kinds spreading throughout the world, we need to look for new solutions.

Gandhiji had an acute sense of wanting to do the right thing and create a society where everybody would have access to the basic necessities of life, including respect and dignity, and where everybody could live in peace and harmony.

His message of non-violence and love is crucial. We need to learn this from early childhood. Love for all, including the universe, is his message and if you love you do not harm. Learning this message will end violence against women and children, and all forms of abuse of animals, of nature, resources and the environment.

Liberation comes from within us, someone else cannot liberate us.    For Gandhiji, the idea of “swa raj” was rule over yourself or self-control.  This means that if we control ourselves, we not only guard our own rights but we ensure that others can enjoy their rights as well. Every right has a responsibility, and carrying out that responsibility is key to liberation.

Gandhiji  believed that when we think of bringing about changes in the world we feel so overwhelmed that we are unable to do anything because the problem is too big. Therefore, we should begin with ourselves and our immediate neighbourhood. Once everyone in our neighbourhood has the basic necessities of life and is comfortable then we can move to extending our liberation to other areas.

To do this, we need to be able to support each other. We buy locally made articles and support the local handicrafts people. We try to develop local enterprises, enabling local communities to have access to jobs and livelihoods. We pass on our knowledge and skills. Doing these simple but profound things were part of Gandhiji’s message to humanity when he spoke of Sarvodaya – for the benefit of all,  when he spoke of Swadeshi – local production, when he spoke of Swaraj – liberation through rule over yourself, and when he spoke of Satyagraha – the force of truth. 

At this conference we will receive papers on how these messages can be woven into the various disciplines of social sciences, politics, economics, education etc.  We will also explore his ideas in relation to the various freedom struggles in the world, and their impact.

We hope to produce a book arising from the papers presented at the conference, and we invite you to indicate your interest in the conference and send us a 500-word abstract of your paper proposal.

 

Please send your submission to Michelle Venter at michelle@gga.org as soon as possible.   

Celebrating Mohandas and Kasturba Gandhi: 150 years of living legacy

 

Durban, 29 September – 3 October 2019

Phoenix Settlement (Bhambayi), Inanda

Programme

 

Sunday, 29 September

Day One Theme: Overview and Setting the Scene

09:00 – 9:30

Registration

Delegates

09:30 – 11:00

Opening breakfast of formal programme. Welcome dignitaries and Gandhi Foundation guests

Prof. Alain Tschudin, background and introductory remarks/opening by VIPs

11:00 -11:30

teabreak

 

11:30 – 12:30

Keynote address: the global relevance of the living legacy

Raja Gopal PV, Ekta Parishad tbc

 

12.30-13.30

Lunch

13:30 -15:30

Unpacking the legacy: a discussion of spirituality, solidarity and life (poverty, economy, development, spirituality)

Panel: Interfaith leaders; Hon. Pravin Gordhan, Trevor Manuel, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka*, Graca Machel; Prof. Ari Sitas, Indian HC, Howard Richards – Chile

 

Monday, 30 September

Day Two Theme: Sarvodaya – for the benefit of all

08:30-9:00

Registration

Delegates

9:00 -10:30

Economy of solidarity: interfaith perspectives

Rabbi, guru, priest, imam

(upon paper submissions)

10:30-10:45

Tea and Coffee

10:45-12:15

Applying Gandhi’s legacy to the contemporary world of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR): how to avoid excesses of imposed human suffering, exploitation (e.g. the “digital divide”)

Dr. Luz Helena Hanauer, TBC,TBC,

 

12:15-13:00

Lunch

13:00-14:30

Inequalities – restoration of dignity of marginalised people, communities and the environment

Women, youth, the poor, 4IR

14.30-14.45

Tea

 

14:45-16:15

Servant leadership and participative, value-based governance

Delegates

16:15- 16:30

Synthesis and closing

_________

 

Tuesday, 1 October

Day Three Theme: Swaraj – rule over yourself

9:00 – 9:30

Registration

Delegates

9:30 – 10:30

Education: Gandhi’s lifelong journey, learning and development of new ways

TBC

10:30- 10:45

Tea and Coffee

10:45 –  12:15

Mohandas Gandhi critique: contextualizing a political life

TBC

12:15- 13:00

Lunch

13:00- 14:30

Women: A look into the life and legacy of Kasturba Gandhi – addressing patriarchy in society

TBC

14:30-14:45

Tea

 

14:45 – 16:15

Intergenerations: Young minds, the wisdom of the elders, challenges and changing realities

TBC

16:15-16.30

Synthesis and closing

 

 

Wednesday, 2 October

Day 4: Swadeshi – local production

09:00- 09:30

Registration

Delegates

9:30 – 12:30

The Alternative economy: Shramdan – work

(Dr Sanjit Sethi tbc)

All delegates.

Facilitated by: TBC

 

12:30- 13:00

Lunch

13:15 – 14:30

Celebration of an icon:

keynote address

e.g. Dalai Lama/the Pope, UN women, youth 

15:00- 16:00

Dramatic production TBC

 

Evening* (Possible)

PMB Event: HE Gopal Krishna Gandhi (former High Commissioner of India to South Africa)

Buses needed

 

Thursday, 3 October

Day Five theme: Satyagraha – the power of truth

08:30-9:00

Registration

Delegates

9:00- 10:30

Advancing the legacy: be the change – lifestyle

TBC (upon reception of papers)

10.30-10.45

Tea

 

10:45 – 12:15

Be the change: consciousness of the “other” (e.g. gender, ethnicity etc)

TBC (upon reception of papers)

12.15-13.00

Lunch

 

13:00 – 14:30

Be the change: promoting human rights – active non-violent opposition to injustice

TBC (upon reception of Papers)

14:30 – 14:45

tea

 

14:45 – 16:15

Be the change: spirituality and solidarity

TBC (Upon reception of papers)

16:15 – 17:00

Outline of future engagement and closing remarks

Prof.Alain Tschudin

 

*subject to change.