Lundi 1er mars 2010, par DK // 55 BANDUNG 55


The 55 BANDUNG 55 meeting in Yogyakarta includes two types of collective works :


October 25-26, 2010

The topics and the speakers are decided by the seminar coordinators based on their own proposals.


October 27, 2010

The topics and the speakers are decided by the seminar coordinators based on the proposals coming from participant candidates through a call for papers and a call for workshops.




Culture -
Ecology -
Economy -
Politics -


The objective of the seminars is twofold, to collect papers at one side, to prepare a final declaration or a charter at the other side. The seminars are therefore not organised as a simple succession of paper presentations, but as a collective work on common concerns. All the speakers are supposed to participate fully in the seminars.


The speakers are supposed to find the necessary fund for their own participation (visa, transport, accommodation). A full sponsorship is available on request for a number of speakers from the economically least developed countries of Africa and Asia.


The selection of speakers is organised by the Steering Committee and is based on the abstract and the CV of the speaker candidates in respect to the following dates :

  1. Deadline for the Proposed Abstract : September 30, 2010
  2. Announce of the Selected Speakers : October 5, 2010
  3. Seminars : October 25-27, 2010
  4. Deadline for the Proposed Complete Text : January 3, 2011
  5. Launching of the Printed Book of Proceedings or Selected Papers : April 2011

The abstract is to be written in approximately 300 words, accompanied by a basic personal data of the speaker candidate (not the CV that has to be written separately) consisting of the following items :

  • Complete name
  • Sexual category (male/female)
  • University title (if there any)
  • Discipline of study (if there any)
  • Professional category (lecturer/researcher or activist/practitioner or both)
  • Institution/organisation/company
  • Function in institution/organisation/company
  • Complete address (physical/postal address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail)
  • Area of interest (Culture/Ecology/Economy/Politics/Religion/Spirituality)

The abstract and the CV are to be sent by e-mail to


In order to assure that every seminar is focused on a common problematic, every area working group proposes terms of reference to be respected by all the speaker candidates in their choice of topic and their preparation of paper.


The year 2010 has been declared by the UN as the Year of Biodiversity. Diversity has been recognised largely as a fundamental condition for the survival of the planet. However, this diversity has been suffering from impoverishment, as indicated among others by the continuous disappearance of rare species, languages and civilisations. The world society has come to be aware of this situation especially since the end of the 20th century, thanks to the progress of science and technology accompanied by the rise of global civil society movements. For thinkers and activists of social and solidarity movements, the main reason of this impoverishment is a type of globalisation, which is dominated by economical and materialist interests, which has appeared to be a single model of development, which puts on the top of priorities material productivity and profit, which transforms nature into commercial commodities, which pushes people to be greedy consumers. This globalisation is led by a small number of economically rich countries, but which take the major part of natural resources of the planet for their own comfort, pleasure and security. It is this single model of development that threatens the survival of the planet, because it would need natural resources of several planets if the whole world follows the model. That is why an alternative model of development is needed if human beings wish a sustainable world.

This alternative model would certainly not be the one that threatens the diversity of life. In the contrary, it should be the one that supports it, that allows to live and develop nature and human beings whatever their skin colour, conviction, ethnic belonging, or mode of life. This model would certainly not be based on the worldview that perceives the diversity of civilisation as successive steps from lower to higher, from less to more, from misery to nobility, but as a continuous process in which diverse modes of life take place, meet, interfere and mix up. Today, all societies in the world are divided by five civilisations following the modes of life of their inhabitants, either inside a country or among the nations. These five modes of life are nomadism, agriculture, trade, industry and digital. The problem starts when one perceives that one civilisation is inferior to another, and that one civilisation pretending to be superior tries to dominate, eliminate or change by force the other.

The challenge of globalisation for a sustainable world is therefore how to deal with diversity of life so that it becomes source of happiness and prosperity, and not source of conflicts and calamities. And Africa and Asia are the huge pool of diversity, either in term of culture, ecology, economy, politics, or religion and spirituality. Within the context of globalisation dominated by short term economical and materialist interests leading to a single model of development and threatening the survival of the earth, Africa and Asia, as the source and as the pool of diversity, must be theoretically able to contribute in directing globalisation towards a sustainable world. How is it possible ? Let us try to find together the answers through 55 BANDUNG 55 SUMMIT.


TOR - ECOLOGY (Environment)