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84th PEN International Congress: Experiments with Truth

25 September 2018, 8:00 am29 September 2018, 5:00 pm

Experiments with Truth: Freedom, Truth, Diversity

The 84th PEN International Congress will be hosted by PEN South India in Pune, India, from 25 – 29 September 2018.

Mahatma Gandhi, the most haloed proponent of Truth and Non-Violence in modern history, was born on the 2nd October 1869. The twelve months from October 2018 to September 2019 are going to be celebrated as the 150th year of Gandhi’s birth.

The 84th PEN International Congress in India is timed to inaugurate the year long commemoration. The title of Gandhi’s celebrated autobiography ‘My Experiments with Truth’ provides the caption for the Congress-2018. The Gandhian values of Truth and Non-violence will be one of the main thematic focus of the Congress.

India is home for an amazingly large diversity of culture and language. The People’s Linguistic Survey of India created and headed by PEN Member Ganesh Devy has surveyed 780 living languages. Many of them have active oral or written literary expression. The PEN Congress 2018 will bring face-to-face the international PEN community and representatives of several hundred Indian languages. Thus, diversity will be the other thematic focus of the Congress.

The Indian Constitution guarantees the Freedom of Expression as an inalienable right to all Indian citizens. In recent years, many writers, artists, film-makers and thinkers in India have found it necessary to reassert this right. The movement for ‘Freedom of Expression’, Dakshinayan (literally, ‘going south’) will join the PEN community in celebrating Freedom of Expression during the Congress-2018.

Truth, Freedom and Diversity are the three thematic axes for the PEN Congress-2018

The PEN Congress is open for attendance to all PEN members and invited speakers. PEN members can express their interest in attending by emailing: congress@pen-international.org

Registration will close on 30th May 2018.


25 September 2018, 8:00 am
29 September 2018, 5:00 pm
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