EADI Webinars

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 | 14 September 2018, 2pm | Dr des. Sayan Dey

Sayan Dey will speak about "The Politics of ‘Post-’: Colonial detoxification and celebrating 'in-betweenness'- The Anglo-Indians of Bow Barracks, Calcutta"

The global evolution of the postcolonial era across diverse spatio-temporal zones generated a highly debatable paradigm – Did postcoloniality generate a new epistemological and ontological framework that disentangled from the colonial patterns or does it continue with the pre-existing colonial ideologies?

Sayan is a Lecturer in Department of English, Royal Thimphu College (affiliated to Royal University of Bhutan) and a Research Scholar in Department of English, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He is currently working on an independent research project based on the Anglo-Indians of Bow Barracks, Calcutta.

The webinar consists of a 20min talk followed by a discussion. Please register here. 

EADI Webinar #8 | 20 September, 5pm | Prof Vanessa Andreotti

Prof Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti will share insights of her work on issues of Global Justice in Education.

Please register.

To join the discussion, please read her open access paper on "Mobilising Different Conversations about Global Justice in Education: Toward Alternative Futures in Uncertain Times" beforehand.

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  She has extensive experience working across sectors internationally in areas of education related to global justice, international development education, community engagement, Indigenous knowledge systems and internationalization.  Her research focuses on analyses of historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of knowledge and inequalities and how these mobilize global imaginaries that limit or enable different possibilities for (co)existence and global change. She is currently directing research projects and teaching initiatives related to social innovation oriented towards decolonial futures (decolonialfutures.net and blogs.ubc.ca/earthcare).

EADI Webinar #9 | Dr Lyn Ossome

We are happy that Dr Lyn Ossome (Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda) will join us to give a talk entitled "Reflections on democratization and gendered violence: Colonial histories and continuities."  

Lyn Ossome is a Senior Research Fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda. Her research specializations are in feminist political economy, land and agrarian studies and feminist political theory. Her current work deals with questions of social justice through a critical engagement with histories of women in politics.

Please register here

Time soon to be confirmed.

Past Webinars

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)

"Civil Society, Citizenship and Development"  

EADI Webinar #5 | 9 May 2018 | Prof Peter Knorringa  (International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam)

"Frugal Innovation and Development"  

EADI Webinar #4 | 2 May 2018 | Dr Ana E. Carballo (University of Melbourne, Australia)

"Discursive synergies across Buen Vivir, Degrowth and Human Development"

EADI Webinar #3 | 16 February 2018 | Prof Aram Ziai (University of Kassel, Germany)

"Ethiopians in Zhengistan- Decolonising Development Policy"

EADI Webinar #2 | 18 January 2018 | Dr Rosalba Icaza Garza (Institute of Social Studies, ISS, The Netherlands)

"Decolonial Feminism and Development"

EADI Webinar #1 | 20 October 2017 | Dr Epifania Amoo-Adare (Accra, Ghana)

"(Un)thinking Science: Critical Literacies for 'Postnormal' Times"


Save the date! Invitation to EADI Directors’ Meeting on 11 and 12 October in Vienna

11 Oct 2018

EADI is holding its annual Directors’ Meeting on 11 and 12 October in Vienna. The event is kindly hosted by the Austrian Foundation for Development Research ÖFSE. The focus of this years’ meeting will be on the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, combined with a public event on the EU-Africa relations organised. The EADI Directors’ Meeting 2018 will once more connect research institutes for more effective co-operation by sharing ideas, identifying common problems, discussing new trends. The key is networking. In Europe, there is no better occasion for institute directors to meet, exchange and discuss.

Building a New Partnership between Africa and the European Union. Business as usual or a transforming agenda?

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11 Oct 2018

Save the date - 11 October 2018, Vienna Building a New Partnership between Africa and the European Union. Business as usual or a transforming agenda? Public conference organised by ÖFSE and EADI.