In cooperation with the Iran-based Center for International Studies and Collaboration, Multiversity held a conference in Tehran, Iran, on the topic 'The Spring of Wisdom.' The conference ran from 22-24 May 2012 and was a followup to previous conferences in 2010 and 2011. While the earlier conferences focused on academic imperialism and decolonisation, the 2012 conference was an attempt to redirect the intellectual force of these meetings from exposing the undesirable aspects of education to illustrating and exemplifying the wealth and treasure of local, regional, and indigenous knowledge systems. The focus of the meeting was therefore on presenting knowledge as indicated by time, place, and community, emphasising practical illustrations. Thinkers and activists were invited from within Iran and from India, Malaysia, Palestine, Turkey, and sub-Saharan Africa.
Session Two features Norma and Claude Alvares of India. After reflecting on misperceptions about Iran and its people, they then move to discussing their decision to move to the countryside in Goa, India, getting in touch with nature and local village culture, and observing the impact of humans on nature and efforts to regenerate local ecosystems. They turn next to government policies in favour of modern technology at the expense of traditional ways of living in harmony with nature. Their message is let nature be. In English with alternating Farsi translation.
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