Workshop of Pipal Tree/Fireflies in collaboration with Dialogues in Humanity and Siddhartha.
The cultural arena is replete with both creative and liberating potentiality as well as regressive and insular parochialism. Culture can unleash positive energies in the context of diversity and pluralism as well as advocate uniformity and rigidity. Often there is a mix of both these tendencies, leading to complex forms that are both regressive and liberating at the same time.
The secular universe has largely been unable to decipher the complexity of culture in India. It has preferred to sidestep cultural issues rather than make sense of them and provide fresh orientations that are enriching at personal, social and ecological levels. Today, we are approaching a post-secular era, that is more inclusive in its understanding and sees the significance of religion and culture in steering society towards Sustainable Futures.
The two-day event on 28th and 29th of November will be an occasion to understand cultural issues in all their complexity and explore possibilities of dialogue and transformative action in the context of fundamentalism and conflict, as well as examine the role of cultural forces to promote sustainable development and combat climate change.