Global Reconciliation 2019 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship (AUD $10,000 prize)

Application Deadline: 31 July 2019.

Global Reconciliation is calling for nominations for the 2019 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship. The Fellowship is the premier award in the world recognising effective achievements in reconciliation. This year, the theme of the Fellowship is Gender and Reconciliation. The award carries with it an AUD $10,000 prize.

Global Reconciliation understands reconciliation as the promotion of creative communication and practical dialogue across the boundaries of difference, in order both to preserve and protect difference and to be able to draw on it as a source for rich new meanings. In terms of gender relations, this reconciliation process includes coming to terms with the complex relations we have to our own gendered bodies and to those of others.

For this year’s Desmond Tutu award, we are seeking to honour an individual or individuals who has/have helped foment active conversations and practice across different gendered positions. She, he or they could be a person who has worked creatively to resolve situations of gender-based violence, or someone who has contributed, through re-making gender relations, to forming new possibilities in fields that may go beyond gender issues narrowly conceived. The nominee may work in one of many capacities, from community activist, to engaged social thinker.

We are seeking to honour a person who has provided leadership in the ethical reworking of the relationships between genders, or who has contributed significantly to advancing both the awareness of the need for gender dialogues, and the fashioning of new practices associated with them.

Ideally, this person will be someone who works with others in ways that have both local and wider consequences. It will be a person whose imaginative vision has the potential to shift current paradigms and change the way that people behave through their actions in a diverse range of settings. It will be an individual who is courageous and effective, and stands as an inspiration to others. It will be someone who contributes to the building of a safe inclusive space promoting debate as open exchange and marginalising declamation and denunciation.

The person we are seeking is, like previous Fellows, an individual who has found a way to negotiate across the borders posed by difficult cultural and political differences.

Award process

The award of the Fellowship is made following a review process that considers past accomplishments and possible future achievements. A panel will consider the nominations received and submit a recommendation to the Global Reconciliation Board, which will make the final decision. Past winners have included Zeremariam Fre, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nanko Van Buuren, Ian Campbell, Elizabeth Langslow, Katarina Pejovic, June Oscar, and Emmanuel Jal.

Successful candidates may hold the status of Fellow for life and use the initials FGR after their names in public recognition of their Fellowship of Global Reconciliation. An award of AUD $10,000 will be made with the Fellowship, to be invested in the furthering of the Fellow’s work.

We would ask that nominations are made before 31 July 2019. Please see the enclosed background information on Global Reconciliation and further elaboration of our understanding of the concept of reconciliation. Should you have any questions about the Fellowship, or the process being followed, please contact Victoria Baldwin

To nominate someone, please download the 2019 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship award nomination form

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2019 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship


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