We are witnessing increasing disparities of income and wealth, of access to resources, of limitations to free movement. Dissecting the various dimensions (social, political, economic and environmental factors, as well as the expropriation of indigenous knowledges through the abuse of intellectual and other property rights) of global inequalities reveals how disparities continue to be shaped by power relations, post-colonial legacies and their entanglements with Western idea(l)s of so-called modernity, progress and the obsession with Anthropocene growth.
Dipesh Chakrabarty (2000) in his seminal work has argued for provincializing Europe. He contends that categories and “strategies we have learned from European thought [...] are both indispensable and inadequate” (Chakrabarty 2000: 19) in representing non- European ideas of (political) modernity. The demand to provincialize Europe does not mean to abolish European ideas and traditions of thought altogether, but to acknowledge that these are only one among many. Chakrabarty calls for a space in which a new pluralism of thought can be created and acknowledged, overcoming “asymmetric ignorance” (ibid.: 28).
As the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) we are conscious that debates around “development” remain too often confined to Western realms. We are therefore self-critically reflecting on the assumed or claimed universality of Western frameworks.
For this reason, the current focus of our Webinar series is to engage with and benefit from discourses guided by non-Western worldviews – and to provincialize Europe in the global production of knowledges.
The EADI Webinar Series has been running successfully since 2017. It gives participants the opportunity to engage with critical thinkers and innovative new research findings.
EADI Webinar #7 | 20 September 2018 | Dr Lyn Ossome
We are happy that Dr Lyn Ossome (Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda) will join us to give a talk about her work. Further information soon to be announced.
EADI Webinar #6 | 22 May 2018 | Dr Tiina Kontinen (University of Jyväskylä) / Dr Marianne Millstein (Oslo Metropolitan University) / Prof Kees Biekart (International Institute of Social Studies)
EADI Webinar #5 | 9 May 2018 | Prof Peter Knorringa (International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam)
EADI Webinar #4 | 2 May 2018 | Dr Ana E. Carballo (University of Melbourne, Australia)
EADI Webinar #3 | 16 February 2018 | Prof Aram Ziai (University of Kassel, Germany)
EADI Webinar #2 | 18 January 2018 | Dr Rosalba Icaza Garza (Institute of Social Studies, ISS, The Netherlands)
EADI Webinar #1 | 20 October 2017 | Dr Epifania Amoo-Adare (Accra, Ghana)