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Kosmopolis Institute Publications Day 23: Group Presentations

Day 23: Group Presentations

Today was a great day indeed for it marked the end of the participants’ group presentations that began the previous day, Wednesday 3 August 2011. There were four ‘thematic‘ groups named according to the themes of the Pluralism Programme i.e. i) Reconciliation, ii) Sustainability ,iii) Identity, and iv) Pluralism Effect.

The supervisors of the groups were JC de Merwe, Prof. Henk Maschont, Dr. Caroline Suransky, and Prof. Ram Kakarala respectively. As per the tenets of the Pluralism programme itself the composition of the groups was ‘cosmopolitan’ for each group had to have a minimum of three different nationalities. It is no doubt this international mix which added flavor to the internal debates and dynamics as the group members charted out the different perspectives and modalities to follow in presenting their case studies. The topic for this morning’s presentation was Identity and it included case studies by Jimmy and Teresa, both from Uganda, Phumzile from South Africa, Agus from Indonesia, Vinita from India and Renske from The Netherlands. Jimmy from Uganda took the lead of the presentation when she introduced the topic, discussed the main variables and asked the audience to answer the questions. The participatory nature of the presentation enthralled the audience who demonstrated their gusto to learn by responding to the questions asked.

The afternoon session began with no less enthusiasm as the Pluralism Effect group took to the floor to present the fourth and last presentation of the Pluralism Programme. The topic for the presentation was Portraits of Pluralism: Dealing with Pluralism frame works from five different perspectives. It was composed of four cases studies presented by Helen from South Africa, Dewi from Indonesia, Arshad from India and Frank from the Netherlands. All the cases drew virtually the same attention from the audience judging from the number of questions posed to each of the group members. The presentations ended at 4:30pm followed by a congratulatory message from each of the lecturers of the Winter school who also doubled as the supervisors of the different thematic groups.

Fulgencio Kayiso