“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Monday, September 26, 2011

Nonviolence Conference, Tampa CFP

I'll be keynoting at this. The link will give you a PDF of the details. Deadline September 30.

The conference will examine sustainable philosophies and practices from eastern and indigenous perspectives.  
Sponsored by the Center for India Studies, the conference aims to pay attention to indigenous knowledges without essentializing or valorizing them.  We are interested in the following:
  • exploring cases where traditional ecological knowledge has altered the dominant paradigm of unsustainable development
  • eastern religions and the encoding of ecological knowledge—in Indian Dharma traditions (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh) , Indigenous (Native American, Australian aboriginal, African) and Asian traditions (Shinto, Confucian, Taoist, Zen)     
  • practices for individual/societal transformation and healthy sustainable communities  
  • conflict resolution from eastern and indigenous perspectives
  • examining the plight of the indigenous peoples and their habitats under the economic forces of globalization
  • contemplative pedagogy: eastern perspectives in the classroom
By bringing these perspectives together from the standpoint of global sustainability and peace, this will begin meaningful dialogue and suggest new collaborations toward global solutions.

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