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Events - 2011 10 05 - Frankfurt Gandhi Talks on the occassion of Mahatma Gandhi's 142nd birth anniversary on 5 October at Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Non-violent Resistance and the Strive for Democracy

The Frankfurt Gandhi Talks on 5th October discuss the concept of non-violent resistance during the "Arab Spring" and other pro-democracy movements world-wide.

Gandhi’s teachings, especially his concept of non-violent resistance, have received renewed attention during recent uprisings, notably in the Arab world.

The Frankfurt Gandhi Talks 2011 focus on what influence his teachings had on peaceful revolutions and what perspectives the concept of non-violent resistance can offer to movements striving for democracy and human rights world-wide. We are welcoming activists from Egypt and Serbia, who have experienced peaceful revolutions, which in turn are more closely interwoven than commonly known. Otpor! (resistance), the Serbian civic youth movement, adapted the concept of non-violent resistance and became instrumental in dethroning the auto-cratic leader Slobodan Milošević in 2000. Egyptian activists, again, were actively supported and trained in applying this method by members of Otpor!.

Wednesday, 5th October 2011

Doors: 6.30 p.m., Start: 7 p.m.

Free admission

The language of the discussion is English.

Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
(Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung)
Konferenzsaal, 4th floor
Baseler Straße 27-31

60329 Frankfurt a.M.



Welcome and Opening
Prof. Dr. Harald Müller
Executive Director, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Dr. Jona A. Dohrmann
Chairman, Indo-German Cooperation Frankfurt

Ivan Marovic, co-founder of Otpor!, Belgrade, Serbia
Ahmed Salah, activist, Cairo, Egypt
Dr Larbi Sadiki, expert on democratisation in the Arab Middle East, University of Exeter, UK
Dr Thorsten Gromes, expert on peace building and inner-societal conflicts, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Prof. Cherian Kurian, Madras Christian College, Chennai, India

The Frankfurt Gandhi Talks 2011 are organised by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt together with the Indo-German Cooperation (Frankfurt) and the GandhiServe Foundation (Berlin). Since 2009, renowned speakers from academia and cultural institutions have annually come together to discuss Gandhi’s ideas and their impact on today’s globalised world.




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