www.gandhifoundation.co.za – Pietermaritzburg Gandhi Foundation, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

The Conference spans four days comprising the following events:


Tuesday 06 June 2023

  • 08:00 – 20:00- International Youth Symposium – UKZN

This ‘mini ’conference will see youth and young adults from around the world reflecting and speaking on the legacies of Gandhi, Mandela, King.

Delegates will present Papers; thereafter Round Table discussions will follow, with concluding plenary sessions that will include mapping constructive paths forward.

Wednesday 07 June 2023

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Commemoration of the 130th Anniversary of 7th June 1893 incident– Pietermaritzburg Railway Station

The 7th June 1893 eviction of the young lawyer, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the train at Pietermaritzburg Railway Station, is not just historic; it has become symbolic of the rising up of Gandhi to a new calling, a birth to a new consciousness, the beginning of his active nonviolence. The incident planted the seed for satyagraha – truth force – the weapon he used against the oppression by the South African authorities, and against British Colonial rule in India.

This significant, akin to a spiritual event, will be remembered and re-enacted through a steam train journey to the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station, recreating the final 20 minutes of Gandhi’s fateful journey from Durban. Delegates will have the opportunity to envision Gandhi’s experience 130 years ago, while listening to commentary around that historic journey. A dramatisation of the eviction is  also being planned.

  • 18:00 – 21:00 – Gala Dinner, and Official Opening of the Conference – Pietermaritzburg City Hall

Delegates will be treated to a combination of sumptuous cuisine and entertainment by local artists. The conference will be officially opened by Dr Ela Gandhi, after which Prof. Clayborne Carson will deliver his Keynote address reflecting on Dr King’s question: Where do we go to from here?

Thursday / Friday 08 – 09 June 2023

  • Gandhi, Mandela, King Conference – UKZN

Over these two days, the Conference will offer a scholarly platform for critical reflection on the legacies of the three world icons, and aim to contribute towards meaningful and constructive outcomes around the issues of global peace and justice, and nonviolent action, issues now relevant more than ever.

World-renowned academics, intellectuals, activists, scholars and community activists will engage in discourse around the legacies of the three icons and how nonviolent, peaceful change could be realised in our world of today. These engagements will be structured around presentation of papers, Round Table discussions and Plenary sessions to guide deliberations to completion through constructive conceptualisation of the way forward.