Imagining Critical Conversations and Dialogues
Between Gandhi, Mandela and Freire Through their Proponents
Led by the Scholars, Public Intellectuals, Activists and GMF Fellows.
Work In Progress.
Dr Ana Cristina Suzina, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University London, UK
Dr Ana Cristina Suzina works on Freireian educational philosophy, pedagogy and methodology. See her profile here.
Ela Gandhi: The granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, is a South African peace activist and was a Member of Parliament in South Africa from 1994 to 2004, where she aligned with the African National Congress (ANC) party representing the Phoenix area of Inanda in the KwaZulu-Natal province.
In the field of her social and political work, she has engaged with the ideas of not only Gandhi and Mandela but also Freire. See here.
Ashish Kothari: Founder-member, Indian Environmental Group, Kalpavriksh. Taught at the Indian Institute of Public Administration. Co-ordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan process. Served on Greenpeace International and India Boards. Helped initiate the global ICCA Consortium. Integral part of Narmada Bachao Andolan, Vikalp Sangam and Global Tapestry of Alternatives Processes and Radical Ecological Democracy Network.
Actively engages with Gandhian ideas and practices for holistic development. See here.
Sashi Kumar is an Indian journalist, innovative mediaprenuer, author, social commentator, media personality, educationist, director and actor (from the state of Kerala) based in Tamil Nadu. India.
As a critical educationist, he explores the 'dialogical space' between Gandhi, Mandela and Freire but privileges the role of Freire. See here. And, here
Prof. Neera Chandhoke: Held a professorship in the post-graduate department of Political Science, University of Delhi. She was, in addition, the director of the Developing Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi. Currently, she is a Distinguished Fellow at, the Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi.
She has published widely on a number of themes. Her most recent publications are The Violence in Our Bones: Mapping the Deadly Fault Lines Within Indian Society, Delhi, Aleph, 2021, and Nelson Mandela: Peace Through Reconciliation, Delhi and London Routledge, 2021. Among her other works are Rethinking Pluralism, Democracy, Tolerance; Anxieties of Coexistence, Delhi, Sage, 2019, Democracy and Revolutionary Politics, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015; Contested Secessions: Democracy, Rights, Self-Determination and Kashmir, Delhi, Oxford University Press; 2012; The Conceits of Civil Society, Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2003; Beyond Secularism: The Rights of Religious Minorities, Delhi Oxford University Press, 1999; and State And Civil Society: Explorations in Political Theory, Delhi, Sage 1995.
She lives in Delhi and contributes regularly to newspapers and online news portals. Her other interests, apart from political theory and Indian politics, are Hindustani classical music, old film songs, movies, and detective fiction.
Prof. Douglas Paterson: "I began my close relationship with Augusto Boal and his Theatre of the Oppressed in the early 1990’s and knew of Paulo’s work from early contact during graduate school in the early 1970’s. We at the University of Nebraska began the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference here in Omaha (Nebraska, USA) in 1995 and in 1996 were fortunate to able to invite Paulo and Augusto to our second conference. We were so fortunate to have met and dialogued with Paulo at that event." (Dr. Douglas L. Patersonn, UNO Emeritus Professor of Theatre)