Remembering Nelson Mandela: Legacy of Peace, Equality, and Freedom

deadline for submissions: 
September 10, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
GIRES-Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship
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Remembering Nelson Mandela: Legacy of Peace, Equality, and Freedom

International Conference
21-22 October 2023
(Zoom sessions: 2 days/Virtual platform: 5 days)


Thematic Approach

GIRES, the Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship dedicates the conference  to commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela, the iconic leader and global symbol of peace, justice, and reconciliation. This conference aims to honor Mandela’s remarkable life and legacy, reflect on his contributions to the struggle against apartheid, and explore the relevance of his teachings in today’s world.

We wish to explore Nelson Mandela’s vision and reflecting on his commitment to social justice, equality, and the pursuit of a harmonious society based on human rights, democracy, and reconciliation. Also we wish to evaluate his model of leadership and also assessing the influence of Mandela’s leadership and his role in the struggle against apartheid, as well as his contributions to peace-building, conflict resolution, and human rights globally. In addition we hope to explore his legacy in contemporary society along with promoting dialogue, empathy, and understanding as tools for social transformation and community building, justice and reconciliation.

GIRES, dedicated to interdisciplinarity, invites scholars from diverse fields including but not limited to philosophy, religion, theology, sociology, anthropology, history, literature, art, economics, geography, cultural and political studies to contribute to the discussion share insights, and pay tribute to the life and work of Nelson Mandela. Topics for presentations and discussions may include, but are not limited to the folioing suggestions.

Proposed Topics 

-Nelson Mandela’s life and leadership journey
-Mandela’s impact on the struggle against apartheid
-Mandela’s approach to reconciliation and nation-building
-Human rights and social justice in the legacy of Mandela
-Mandela’s contributions to peace-building and conflict resolution
-Mandela’s influence on global governance and diplomacy
-Mandela’s vision for education, healthcare, and socio-economic development
-Mandela’s role in promoting gender equality and empowering youth

Proposed Formats (Lingua franca: English)
-Individual papers (GIRES will included it in a panel)
-Panels (up to 4 presentations-chaired by one of the presenters or appointed by GIRES)
-Roundtable presentations (chaired by one of the presenters or appointed by GIRES)
-Poster presentations
-Student presentations (one paper presented by up to 3 young scholars)
-Keynote speech (depending on the time availability)
-Pre-recorder presentation (s) (Asynchronous Platform)
-Pre-recorder presentation (s) (Synchronous-live- Sessions: live participation of presenter (s) during the Q&A sessions)

Publication Opportunity 
The Organizing Committee and GIRES Press will publish the most powerful and dynamic presentations of the conference and include them
in a collective volume in the form of short articles and/or long essays. For more information please contact us

Live Sessions Recording
All participants have the option to have their presentations recorded (during live sessions) in HD quality. The recordings will be uploaded to GIRES media for unlimited access and dissemination.

Asynchronous Options
All participants have the option to have their presentations (video/audio/text) uploaded to our Virtual Platform. All  registered participants will have access to the material for 5 days.

Our proposed topics & formats are not restrictive and we invite additional germane ideas
Due to the restrictions of Corona Crisis our event (for the time being) will take place VIRTUALLY

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