Conference 2021

Satyagraha: Nonviolence in the Gandhi-King Tradition

Multi-disciplinary conference will be held February 25-26, 2022

Ashland University
Ashland, Ohio

Call for Papers

Proposals Due November 12, 2021

The practice of nonviolence is more relevant than ever as we navigate a world of changing social, political, and technological landscapes. Satyagraha, holding firmly to the truth, is a particular form of nonviolent action. The process of seeking peace in the Gandhi-King tradition invites creative academic and practical work across a wide spectrum of disciplines. How is truth connected to nonviolence and where does nonviolence work? Are lies considered acts of violence and do they play out as subversions of the truth? Does speaking truth to historical events promote justice? How does the knowledge of good vs evil contribute to nonviolent movements? 

The goal of this conference is to focus on questions such as these by considering the prospect Satyagraha and how it relates to the world today. In order to enhance the discussion, we are seeking presentations from a variety of academic disciplines. Both theoretical and practical considerations are welcome.

Possible topics for individual papers and panels might include (but are not limited to): 

  • Peacemakers' truth, self-transformation, and/or suffering of injustice 
  • Historical, sociological, and political case studies of nonviolent traditions
  • Philosophies of peacemaking and/or the key figures who have advanced them
  • Democracy and democratic movements with a nonviolent focus
  • Local perspectives on nonviolent change movements
  • Gender and peace
  • Role of media and journalism
  • Religious, spiritual, or theological perspectives
  • Culture and art
  • Climate change and migration
  • Workshop

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted using the online submission form  November 12, 2021. Presenters should plan on a 35-minute paper or presentation with an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome panel proposals.

Presenters are welcome to engage in technical and academic debates, but they should avoid jargon and be aware that the conference audience will be diverse, including scholars from multiple disciplines, practitioners from many fields, students from various backgrounds, and community members.

The conference will open Friday, February 25 with a keynote address provided by Dr. David Ragland. Dr. Ragland is co-founder and co-executive director of the Truth Telling Project. A reception for presenters will follow the keynote address.

The multidisciplinary conference will continue on Saturday, February 26.

For more information on the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please visit ACN's website. For questions related to the conference, please contact Elizabeth Buttil at [email protected] or (419)289-5313.

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