Call for comments: Knowledge Swaraj: An Indian Manifesto on Science and Technology

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2018
Subject Fields: 
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Human Rights, Humanities, Public Policy, Social Sciences

Knowledge Swaraj: An Indian Manifesto on Science and Technology is a Manifesto published by Knowledge in Civil Society (KICS) Trust in India in 2011. Nourished by an in-depth reflection on cognitive justice and the plurality of knowledges, this Manifesto offers a rich vision of a new social contract between science and sustainable development in the Global South (India). It invites us to rethink our conception of knowledge and its relationship to society by drawing inspiration from the ideas and actions of Gandhi and various other Indian social movements. The Manifesto calls for scientific and technical development rooted in the needs and realities of Indian people.

This Manifesto also demands recognition of the social responsibility of science, technology and its actors, and that this responsibility guides its actions. In particular, Knowledge Swaraj pleads, on the one hand, for showcasing the knowledge and know-how resulting from tradition, practice and experience. For science and technology to work for the sustainable development of society as a whole, the knowledge, needs and perspectives of all must be considered and taken into account, especially those of the poorest. On the other hand, Knowledge Swaraj invites the holders of knowledge not to monopolize them, but rather to share them in a spirit of giving. Finally, it calls for the experimentation of new forms of democratic participation in science and technology, so as to find ways to put these ideals into practice.

With the agreement of the KICS Collective which is the author, Editions science et bien commun have decided to translate this Manifesto into French. We hope that this text will circulate in the Global South (beginning with the French-speaking countries) to inspire local reflections on the type of scientific research that is desirable for these countries: for example, research that respects their priorities, their aspirations and their epistemologies. Simultaneously, we have also launched invitations to translate the Manifesto into Spanish and Portugese.

In order to launch this plurilingual and international debate on the proposals put forward by Knowledge Swaraj, we invite commentaries on the Manifesto by authors from the Global South in any language. We will add these commentaries to the book already containing the original and the French version of the Manifesto.

If you want to answer this call, please read the Manifesto (in English here and in French here) and write a text expressing your reactions, ideas, questions, comparisons, etc. aroused by this reading. You may access the PDF version of the Knowledge Swaraj Manifesto here.

Deadline: February 28, 2018

For guidelines on the format, length, etc. of your submission, please view the writing instructions here (an abstract is not necessary). Please submit your comments by email to

Contact Info: 

Florence Piron (Editions science et bien commun, Canada)