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150 Years of Gandhi

Call for Papers

Theme: 150 Years of Gandhi
Subtitle: Impacts and Appraisals
Type: International Symposium
Institution: Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative,
Florida Atlantic University
  International Hindu University
Location: Davie, FL (USA)
Date: 19.–20.10.2019
Deadline: 24.6.2019

Florida Atlantic University‘s Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR)
initiative and International Hindu University will host a Gandhi
Symposium, tentatively on October 19-20, 2019, at Florida Atlantic
University (FAU), Davie, Florida.

Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi (1869-1948) is an international figure
best known for leading resistance to the British Empire in India,
achieving the independence of India through his method of Satyagraha,
or nonviolent resistance. Born in Gujarat in western India, educated
in law in London, developing his signature technique of nonviolent
resistance in South Africa, and returning to India to lead the Indian
independence movement for three decades, Gandhi has been a pivotal
figure in world history. His leadership in the Non-Cooperation
Movement following the First World War, the Salt March of 1930, and
attempting to stifle the violence of partition have all been part of
his legacy. As a politician, he faced many critics, and indeed was
assassinated by one of them. He weathered slings and arrows through
the many personal transformations of his life, and his legacy
continues to inspire, provoke, and challenge.

While there are a flood of important biographies of Gandhi and
studies of his role in South Asian history, many questions remain
about his life and legacy. This symposium and a proposed scholarly
volume are intended to examine Gandhi a century and a half after he
appeared on this Earth and explore lingering issues of his life,
providing a scholarly framework for further exploration of a world
leader, who though he never won the Nobel Peace Prize, has inspired
many who did, and also sought to make a better world.

Some possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

- Gandhi’s role in the application of Satyagraha and techniques of
 nonviolent resistance in South Asia, South Africa, and elsewhere
- Gandhi’s leadership in the environment, sustainability, and
 economic and social justice
- Gandhi’s interests and transformations throughout his life
- Gandhi’s interaction with Dalits and views of caste
- Gandhi’s views and actions on family, women, gender, and sexuality
- Critiques of Gandhi and his interactions with independence fighters
 advocating violence
- Influences upon Gandhian thought and his influence on others
- Gandhi’s impact on the growth of human rights and pacifism
- Gandhian communities and international connections
- Gandhi’s religious views and their interaction with communalism
 (the mixing of religion and politics)
- Gandhi’s legacy in South Asia and abroad
- Gandhi's idea of democracy and Nationalism
- Analysis of Gandhi's skill of writing using simple language
- Gandhi as a Lawyer and reflection on his South African Experiences

Contributors are invited to present their work at the Gandhi
Symposium, October 19-20, 2019, at Florida Atlantic University (FAU),
Davie, Florida, hosted by FAU’s Peace, Justice and Human Rights
(PJHR) initiative and Gandhi Square, Florida. To participate, submit
an abstract of 500 words and a CV to the editor for first
consideration, by June 24, 2019. Participation in the symposium is
not necessary for consideration for publication in the volume.


Douglas T. McGetchin
Department of History
Florida Atlantic University
5353 Parkside Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: +1 561-799-8226
Fax:   +1 561-799-8535 fax