Rethinking Emerging Forces 60 years after the Bandung conference

Country: Indonesia

City: Bandung

Abstr. due: 31.08.2015

Dates: 27.10.15 — 31.10.15

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;

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Organizers: University of Le Havre


The 1955 Bandung Asian-African Conference gave birth to an idiom : 'Bandung Spirit', which can be summarised as a call 1) for a peaceful coexistence between nations, 2) for the liberation of the world from the hegemony of any superpower, from colonialism, from imperialism, from any kind of domination of one country by another, 3) for building solidarity towards the poor, the colonised, the exploited, the weak and those being weakened by the world order of the day, and 4) for their emancipation.

Now, 60 years after the Bandung Conference, colonisation has officially disappeared, the Cold War has ended, and the Non-Aligned Movement has almost lost its raison d'être. Yet, similar systems of domination by the powerful in the world order persist, wars continue to threaten humanity, mass hunger, diseases and poverty still characterise many parts of the world, and injustice has appeared in more sophisticated forms and larger dimensions. Why these situations? Is a better world still possible ? Is there any alternative to the present course of globalisation ?

Those are among the questions to be discussed in the commemorative conference of the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Bandung Asian-African Conference that will take place in Indonesia on October 26-31, 2015. The conference will explore a transversal theme (HISTORY) and five sectoral themes (CULTURE, ECOLOGY, ECONOMY, POLITICS, SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION). The conference is open to individual paper presentation, roundtables and participation in working groups of the conference. Selected papers of the conference will be published in a printed or digital book form under the label of Bandung Spirit Book Series, which is a cooperation of academic institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe and other parts of the world willing to work together for the development of sciences in the spirit of Bandung.

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