Conference Info

Searching for the Human in Humanities

Gandhi, Non-violence and Compassion

Organised by

Xavier Centre for Humanities and Compassion Studies

 In collaboration with

Xavier School of Rural Management

11.00 am – 4.30 pm    |     1st October 2018    |      Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB)

Time Sessions Presenters
11.00 – 11.30 Opening Remarks Fr. Paul Fernandes S J
Fr. Augustine S J
Dr. Nadarajah
11.30 – 12.30
Session 1 and
Q and A
Gandhi’s Alternative Discourse on Development:
Integrating Nonviolence and Compassion
Prof. Siby K. Joseph
of Gandhian Studies
12.30 – 2.00 Lunch Break
2.00 – 2.55
Session 2 and
Q and A
Imagining Gandhi and the Ecological Context of
the Sundarbans
Prof. Amites Mukhopadhyay
3.00 – 3.55
Session 3 and
Q and A
Growing Up With Irresistible Gandhi:
Gandhi, Compassion and the New Humanities
Prof. Avijit Pathak
Nehru University
4.00 pm Closing Remarks Prof. Kajri Misra

Prof. Siby K. Joseph

Dean of Studies and Research , Institute of Gandhian Studies , Wardha

Gandhi’s Alternative Discourse on Development: Integrating Nonviolence and Compassion

Brief Profile:

Siby K. Joseph is Dean of Studies and Research, Institute of Gandhian Studies, Wardha. He holds a master’s degree in Gandhian Thought and Peace Science and Ph.D. in Gandhian thought and Development Studies from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. He undergone the International course on Peoples’ Diplomacy, Non-Violence, Humane Governance and Global Solidarity in Italy, organized by the International University of People’s Institution for Peace, Rovereto, the Peace Bell Foundation, Rovereto and the University of Trento Italy. He also participated in South Asia Level Training Programme on Peace, Reconciliation and Conflict Management in Colombo, Sri Lanka and took part in the Peace Mission in the conflict affected areas. He has been a member of the teaching faculty of the Institute of Gandhian Studies, Wardha since 1998. He served as a visiting faculty of several reputed academic institutions including of University of Terre-du-ciel, Bruallies, France and Peace Research Centre, Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Ahmedabad. He is closely connected with several international Gandhian and peace organisations including Gandhi International and the Communities of Ark founded by Lanza Del Vasto in France. He has published several articles in reputed journals in various disciplines. He also edited several books on Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies. The links of recent publications.

Prof. Amites Mukhopadhyay 

Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Imagining Gandhi and the Ecological Context of the Sundarbans

Brief Profile:

Amites Mukhopadhyay works on the issues of ecology and development in India particularly along coastal wetlands. He teaches courses on social theory, Indian society, urban anthropology. He has published books, edited volume, journal articles and contributed in edited volumes, the recent most being Living with Disasters: Communities and Development in the Indian Sundarban’s (Cambridge University Press) 2016. His research interests include ecology, landscape and governance, identity politics, and institutional histories of science and knowledge making in South Asia.

Prof. Avijit Pathak

Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

Growing Up With Irresistible Gandhi: Gandhi, Compassion and the New Humanities

Brief Profile:

Avijit Pathak is Professor of Sociology at JNU, New Delhi. He is primarily interested in modernity and social theory, and Indian social thought and critical pedagogy.  His recent publications include Modernity, Globalization and Identity; The Chaotic Order; and Ten Lectures on Education. Apart from teaching and research, he contributes regularly to the leading newspapers and magazines on issues relating to politics, culture and education.

Note: All presenters are contributors to a volume to be brought out in 2019 to the honour the Father of the Nation on his 150th birthday. For details of the book project see here:


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