On 18-19 January 2018, Globethics.net India in collaboration with the Christ Academy Institute for Advanced Studies and Institute of Law and the Journal of Dharma held the International Conference Advaya 2018.
This year's conference theme was focused on "Images of the Self and the Other: Exploring Identity and Alterity". It brought together scholars and experts from the fields of literature, arts, social sciences, law, philosophy and religious studies. Together, they critically examined and evaluated some of the present and past images of self and other, showing the layers present and absent in such constructions to prevent stereotypes and discrimination. Advaya 2018 gave the opportunity to creatively suggest and argue for alternative images to promote social cohesion and peaceful coexistence, reconciliation and harmony of life. The conference provided a platform to the experts in the area to espouse their views from which the students can learn. The interdisciplinary nature of the conference provided the participants a learning experience in the domain of the various disciplines. The main keynote speakers were:
Prof. (Dr.) R. Venkata Rao, Vice-Chancellor of National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Prof. Rajan Gurukkal, Vice-Chairman of Higher Education Council, Kerala.
Prof. Don Adams, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A.
"Images of the Self and the Other" are explored in four areas: "Literary Perspectives," "Social Implications," "Philosophical Investigations" and "Religious Visions." Exploring identity and alterity and building accurate representation of ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and religious diversity present at local, national, regional and global levels is necessary for living together in harmony in the globalized and globalizing communities, avoiding essentialist understanding of identities as well as to the contradictory celebration of the other.