Statement of Purpose

The International Conference on Integral Humanism draws inspiration from the profound philosophy of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, aiming to foster a comprehensive understanding of this worldview and its contemporary significance. Emphasizing academic rigor and philosophical exploration, this conference serves as a platform to unite scholars, researchers, and practitioners across diverse fields, promoting meaningful discourse.

Aims

This conference has three primary aims:

1. To explore Integral Humanism (IH) in-depth, considering its relevance in addressing modern global challenges and advancing human well-being.
2. To encourage interdisciplinary dialogues, fostering discussions on the intersections of Integral Humanism with education, psychology, ethics, governance, and socio-economic development.
3. To analyse and explore the practical application and implementation of this philosophy on the ground, especially in school education.

Integral Humanism, deeply rooted in holistic human development, holds immense relevance in the contemporary world. It offers profound insights into tackling complex issues such as sustainability, social justice, ethical governance, and comprehensive education. By revisiting and reinterpreting this philosophy, the conference seeks to enrich current knowledge systems and practices. Participants are expected to contribute rigorous academic papers, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and generate actionable insights, ultimately gaining a deeper appreciation of Integral Humanism’s potential to guide positive change in various domains.

This conference will bring together scholars, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to delve into the multifaceted dimensions of Integral Humanism and its contemporary relevance. This conference will serve as a platform for rigorous academic discourse, fostering cross-disciplinary interactions and promoting actionable insights that align with the principles of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s Integral Humanism.

Goals and Objectives

  • To foster academic dialogue and exchange of ideas that advance the understanding and application of Integral Humanism in contemporary contexts.
  • To encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sectoral engagement, promoting holistic solutions to pressing societal issues.
  • To provide a platform for researchers and scholars to present and discuss their findings, enriching the academic discourse surrounding Integral Humanism.
  • To create actionable recommendations for policymakers, educators, and practitioners seeking to integrate Integral Humanism principles into their respective domains.

Conference Overview

The conference will have three verticals- Two thematic sessions and one focused symposium. Thematic sessions revolve around following major themes, each designed to address current challenges and opportunities in various sectors while honouring the philosophy of Integral Humanism. These themes encompass economics, politics, education, foreign policy, agriculture, rural development, and a conceptual and philosophical exploration. Symposium is focused on the issue of Integrating Integral Humanism Values into School Education. Participants can write papers in any of the following verticals. Suggested themes (but not limited to) can be found as below:

Vertical 1: Philosophical and Conceptual Foundations of Integral Humanism

  • Philosophical Roots: Vedic foundations of Integral Humanism.
  • Comparative Analysis: Interconnections with other philosophical traditions especially with the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo
  • Historical Evolution: Tracing the development of Integral Humanism
  • Contemporary Relevance: Applying Integral Humanism to current societal challenges
  • Ethical Dimensions: Exploring the ethical principles embedded in Integral Humanism

Vertical 2: Integral Humanism in 21st century world

  • Integral Humanism in Economic Policies: Integral Humanism and Sustainable Development Goals, IH approach in Social Entrepreneurship and Corporations, Saving Based Economy
  • Integral Humanism in Politics and Governance: Ethical Leadership, Policy Implementation, Community Level and Grassroot Governance, Citizen Engagement
  • IH in International Relations: National Identity, Foreign Policy, Global Governance, Shared Goals, Diplomacy and Ethics, Conflict Resolution
  • IH in Agriculture, Rural Development, and Community Empowerment: Sustainable Agriculture practices, Rural Entrepreneurship, Co-operative and Community-driven Development, Technology and Agriculture
  • IH and Sustainable Development/Environmental protection: Ethical Consumption, Environmental Protection, Ecosystem Restoration, Green Technologies

Vertical 3: Symposium on Integrating Integral Humanism Values into School Education

Introduction: Education plays a pivotal role in shaping the values and perspectives of future generations. The Symposium Session on Integrating Integral Humanism Values into School Education seeks to create a dynamic platform for educators, scholars, and practitioners to engage in a focused dialogue on effective strategies for infusing Integral Humanism principles into various aspects of school education.

Objectives:

  • Share Best Practices: Provide a forum for educators to share successful experiences and best practices in incorporating Integral Humanism values into various subjects and educational levels within the school system
  • Discuss Pedagogical Approaches: Explore innovative pedagogical approaches and teaching methods that align with the principles of Integral Humanism within the context of school education
  • Address Challenges: Identify and address challenges faced by educators in integrating Integral Humanism values into school education, fostering a collaborative problem-solving environment
  • Develop Actionable Insights: Generate actionable insights and recommendations for the development of school curricula that seamlessly integrate Integral Humanism values

Key Themes

Philosophical Foundations in School Classrooms

  • Strategies for translating Integral Humanism principles into age-appropriate philosophical concepts within the school setting
  • Practical approaches to infusing philosophical discussions into various subjects in school education

Interactive Learning Tools and Resources in Schools

  • Development and implementation of engaging tools and resources that resonate with Integral Humanism values in the school environment
  • Utilizing technology and multimedia for interactive learning experiences within the context of school education

Assessment of Values in School Education

  • Methods for assessing the integration of Integral Humanism values in educational outcomes within the school system
  • Incorporating values assessment into existing evaluation frameworks for school education

Teacher Training and Professional Development for School Educators

  • Effective training programs for educators on the philosophical foundations of Integral Humanism within the context of school education
  • Continuous professional development initiatives to enhance teachers’ ability to integrate values into their teaching practices within the school setting

Outcomes

Edited book of selected papers categorised as per themes.

Call for Papers

Full papers are invited for the presentation as well as publication. All submission will go for peer review and only selected papers will be published in the form of edited book with ISBN. Papers can be written in English or Hindi. The book will be launched during the conference.

Word limit should be 3000-3500. APA format should be followed with proper citation and referencing. Only MS Word file will be accepted.

  • Deadline for Paper submission: 15th March 2024
  • Deadline for Registration: 15th March 2024

Registration:

  • Registration Fees: Rs. 1500 INR
  • Inclusion:
    • Registration kit
    • One copy of the published book
    • Meals for all three days
    • Accommodation: Accommodation can be arranged in Ashram guest house on shared and first come first serve basis. For confirmed accommodation please register before 29th February, 2024

Conference Patron

Shri Shobhit Mathur

Vice Chancellor,
Rishihood University

Conference Convener

Prof. Sampadananda Mishra

Director- Centre for Human Sciences,
Rishihood University

Organizing Committee

Neelabh Kumar Sharma

Research Associate,
Centre for Human Sciences

Anusree S.L

Research Associate,
Integral Humanism Initiative

Dr. Akhil Singh

Research Associate,
Integral Humanism Initiative

Knowledge Partner