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 | 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.

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"


EADI Panel at Development Research Conference 2018, 22-23 August, Gothenburg

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22 Aug 2018

EADI in collaboration with the EADI Working Group on "Post-/Decolonial Perspectives on Development" organises a panel titled "Rethinking development research: objects and subjects in development studies" The Call for Papers is open until 23 February.

Climate Change: A Threat to Child Food Security in the Indian Sundarbans

Read more: Climate Change: A Threat to Child Food Security in the Indian Sundarbans (external link)
17 Jul 2018

2018/06 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; Future Health Systems Issue Brief 1; Author(s): Upasona Ghosh, Shibaji Bose - Details

The Sundarbans, the mangrove forest delta shared both by India and Bangladesh, is among the worst hit regions of climate change in the world. Even though food insecurities due to climate change are felt across the region, the distribution of vulnerabilities is largely uneven depending upon existing climatic and social intersections.Within the context of socio-cultural and political dynamics, and rapid globalization, efforts to respond to, mitigate, or adapt to climate change needs to address issues of equity and social justice, posing both challenges and opportunities.