New on our blog: Why Positionalities Matter and What They Have to do with Knowledge Production

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20 Apr 2021

by Julia Schöneberg, Arda Bilgen, and Aftab Nasir

Coming from three different educational, geographical, and class backgrounds, the three of us met for the first time in a research institute in Germany. Together with a group of international colleagues, we were eager to be trained in Development Studies and pursue a PhD degree. In reminiscing about this journey many years later, we shared the struggles and challenges we experienced during our so-called ‘fieldwork’ stays in very different geographies and realised that there was a blatant gap not only in the way we approached our research, but also in the way we were trained: a lack of confrontation with the centrality of power and positionality in ‘development’ research (or any kind of research for that matter) – and a disregard of the colonial legacy in the way knowledge is created and considered legitimate.

Extended deadline for early bird registration at EADI-ISS Conference: 2 May

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14 Apr 2021

Register before 2 May for the early bird fee of the EADI Conference Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice, which is held 5-8 July 2021. The conference, hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, will be held online and features academic panel sessions as well as exciting social and networking sessions.

New on our blog: Area Studies Must Be Decolonised

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13 Apr 2021

The discipline’s existence reflects an enduring Western belief in the inferiority of knowledge production specific to different cultures

By David Simon

If you thought that area studies sounded like an odd name for an odd discipline, you’d be right. Its genesis reflects an enduring tension within academia between supposedly systematic (“disciplinary”) and geographically specific knowledge production – deriving from particular histories of how universities evolved in Euro-America and its former imperial and colonial realms.

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Dialogue Virtuel EADI: Entre terrain de jeux géostratégiques et aspiration à maitriser son développement: quel futur pour l’Amérique centrale?, Le 18 Mai à 11h (CET)

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18 May 2021

Avec Hélène Roux: Fondée sur l’étude de divers conflits socio-environnementaux (barrages hydroélectriques ; complexes touristiques ; extraction minière ou programmes de conservation), la présentation porte sur le décalage entre les orientations liées au développement provenant « du haut » (les institutions supranationales, les États nationaux) et les aspirations provenant « du bas » (les populations concernées).

Distinghuished Guest Lecture: Colonialization, Neo-Liberalization and Patriarchy: Palestinian Women’s Search for an Alternative Approach to Economic and Social Empowerment, 21 April, 11.00 CET

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21 Apr 2021

With Eileen Kuttab

This lecture will briefly describe the Israeli colonial project of dispossession and de-development on occupied Palestine, followed by a discussion on the emerging Palestinian Authority (PA) and its impact on the economy through a gender lens.

Development choices have been governed by different objectives, namely stabilization of the peace process, control of the Israeli economy over the territories and the mainstreaming of neoliberal economics, resulting in multi-faceted socio-economic deteriorations.

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