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Mahatma Gandhi in the 21st Century: Gandhian Themes and Values

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The year 2015 saw the unveiling of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square and 2017 will be celebrated in Britain as the India-UK year of culture to mark 70 years of Indian Independence. These events provide an ideal opportunity to uphold and renew Gandhi’s ideals for the advancement of the human right to wellbeing and for the promotion of equality and diversity.

With these aims in mind, on Friday April 28, 2017, we are holding an international conference at UCL entitled – Mahatma Gandhi in the 21st Century: Gandhian Themes and Values.

The purpose of the conference is to raise awareness of Gandhian ideals, to encourage people in India and the UK to think about Gandhian issues and values, and to encourage innovation in producing solutions to problems such as poor healthcare, education access and violence in society. Topics to be covered include Gandhian perspectives on justice, education, nonviolence, and health, as well as a focus on village India and how innovations can help the poor and needy so as to help reduce inequalities in society.

We have been able to enlist a key set of eminent speakers from the UK, India and the USA to speak on a range of topics related to Gandhian issues and ideals.

In parallel with the conference, we will be having a major exhibition of Gandhi-related items. This will include –

  • Frugal innovation devices in healthcare, to parallel the talk given by Professors Prabhu and Bhargava. This will include devices jointly developed by the All India Medical Institute in Delhi and Stanford University, as well as the Jaipur Foot.

  • A set of 100 unique photographs provided by GandhiServe in Germany.

  • A display of books about Gandhi

  • Interactive displays where delegates can explore – their knowledge of Gandhi, moral judgment, altruism and global citizenship

  • A Virtual Reality app built specifically around Gandhi, where delegates can feel what it is like to be ‘in the skin’ of Gandhi.

Attendance is free, but we are crowdfunding for the event, in case anyone is happy to make a donation - www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gandhi

Conference organisers:

Narinder Kapur, Visiting Professor of Neuropsychology (n.kapur@ucl.ac.uk)
Caroline Selai, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuroscience (c.selai@ucl.ac.uk)

Conference Schedule

International Conference on –
MAHATMA GANDHI IN THE 21ST CENTURY: GANDHIAN THEMES AND VALUES
Friday April 28, 2017
Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

9.00-9.30 Registration & tea / coffee

9.30-9.45 Welcome Chair: Narinder Kapur (UCL)

9.45-10.15 Modern Gandhian Perspectives on Business: Frugal Innovation. Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Cambridge, UK & Professor Balram Bhargava, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

10.15-10.45 In Search of Health: A Gandhian Model. Dr Abhay Bang, Public Health Physician, Maharashtra, India

10.45-11.15 Gandhian innovations in village India. Professor Orazio Attanasio, University College London, UK

11.15-11.45 –TEA/COFFEE

11.45-12.15 Modern Gandhian Perspectives on Education. Professor Makarand Paranjape, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

12.15-12.45 Modern Gandhian Perspectives on Nonviolence. Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh, UK

12.45-2pm – LUNCH and VIEW EXHIBITION
Chair: Dr Caroline Selai (UCL)

2.00-2.30 Modern Gandhian Perspectives on Justice. Dr Terry Beitzel, James Madison University, USA

2.30-3.00 Satyagraha and the Conquest of Evil. Dr Vinit Haksar, University of Edinburgh, UK

3.00-3.30 Reclaiming Gandhi through arts. Dr Subodh Kerkar, Museum of Goa, India

3.30-4.00 – TEA/COFFEE

4.00-4.30 Enshrining Gandhi’s Legacy: The Gandhi Research Foundation, India. Dr Sudarshan Iyengar, Gandhi Research Foundation, Maharashtra, India

4.30-5.00 Keeping Gandhi Alive in the UK: The UK Gandhi Foundation. John Rowley, UK Gandhi Foundation, UK


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