5th International Conference Theme

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Rethinking Epistemologies and Innovating Pedagogies to Foster Global Peace

The Indian Ocean region is blessed with diversity of cultures, languages, dressing, food, religions, and a rich tradition of epistemologies, and pedagogies. This diversity, however, is sometimes disregarded by a few individuals or groups for ulterior motives and is turned into “differences” between people. Most gullible people give into the rhetoric of bringing more homogeneity in the way human life should be led and the rules and regulations which govern them. Naturally, it results in conflicts of various sorts, often leading to violence. Violence is not restricted to wars and battles fought between countries, it has taken new forms in our own homes – domestic violence, honor killings, female infanticide, to name a few. Terrorism in the name of religion, freedom struggle, oppression, and frustration is resulting in innocent lives being lost without any justification whatsoever. Unfortunately, this trend of increasing violence is unabated and ironically, in many incidents of violence, the perpetrators are educated persons from seemingly good background. Education seems to have failed in its mission of fostering humanity and peace. Therefore, there is a clear need for rethinking epistemologies and innovating pedagogies to foster global peace. The Indian Ocean region has a rich legacy of producing religious figures epitomizing peace like Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and torchbearers of nonviolence like Mahatma Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, and Nelson Mandela. It is time to inculcate the virtues of nonviolence in young minds, youth as well as seniors by revisiting the Muslim greeting of Salaam Alaikum (meaning peace be upon you), the Hindu scripture of Vasudheva Kutumbakam (meaning Earth is a big family), the Buddhist preaching of inculcating inner peace by removing defilements and enriching compassion, and the African philosophy of Ubuntu, which symbolizes humanness, empathy, sharing and caring among fellow human beings.

The agenda of this conference is to harness comparative education for more meaningful well-being and improved quality of life in the Indian Ocean region and beyond for a shared present and hopeful common future. However, we welcome papers in all the conventional streams of comparative and international education, which will be segmented in suitable sub-themes of the conference program.