Frankfurt Gandhi Talks 2011

The Frankfurt Gandhi Talks on 5th October will discuss the concept of non-violent resistance during the "Arab Spring" and other pro-democracy movements world-wide

Gandhi’s teachings, especially his concept of non-violent resistance, have received renewed attention during recent uprisings, notably in the Arab world.

The Frankfurt Gandhi Talks 2011 will focus on what influence his teachings had on peaceful revolutions and what perspectives the concept of non-violent resistance can offer to movements striving for democracy and human rights world-wide. We are looking forward to welcoming activists from Egypt and Serbia, who have experienced peaceful revolutions, which in turn are more closely interwoven than commonly known. Otpor! (resistance), the Serbian civic youth movement, adapted the concept of non-violent resistance and became instrumental in dethroning the auto-cratic leader Slobodan Milošević in 2000. Egyptian activists, again, were actively supported and trained in applying this method by members of Otpor!.


Wednesday, 5th October 2011

Doors: 6.30 p.m., Start: 7 p.m.

Free admission

The language of the discussion is English.



Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

(Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung)

Konferenzsaal, 4th floor

Baseler Straße 27-31, 60329 Frankfurt a.M.



Welcome and Opening
Professor Harald Müller

Executive Director,  Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Dr Jona A. Dohrmann

Chairman, Indo-German Cooperation Frankfurt


Ivan Marovic, co-founder of Otpor!, Belgrade, Serbia

Ahmed Salah, activist, Cairo, Egypt

Dr Larbi Sadiki, expert on democratisation in the Arab Middle East, University of Exeter, UK

Dr Thorsten Gromes, expert on peace building and inner-societal conflicts, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Professor Cherian Kurian, Madras Christian College, Chennai, India


In cooperation with Frankfurter Rundschau.


The Frankfurt Gandhi Talks 2011 are organised by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt together with the Indo-German Cooperation (Frankfurt) and the GandhiServe Foundation (Berlin). Since 2009, renowned speakers from academia and cultural institutions have annually come together to discuss Gandhi’s ideas and their impact on today’s globalised world.