EADI Panel at Development Research Conference 2018, 22-23 August, Gothenburg
Despite a broad consensus that global problems require global solutions, academia and research remain dominated by Western scholars and epistemologies. Western knowledge and its forms of production are considered as universally applicable and relevant. It is widely accepted that assumptions rooted in European modernity are similarly applicable in other contexts and hemispheres. Much has been said about the continuation of colonial matrix of power that revolves around the notions of binary construction of epistemologies, and categories of identities along racial, ethnic, and/or religious lines that are objective in outlook. Yet, Southern knowledge(s) continue to be marginalized and/or silenced.
In this panel, we analyze the problematic of objectivity through the lens of knowledge construction. We look at the foundations of epistemologies, i.e., object-subject relations that generate knowledge. The panel will address asymmetric relations by exploring to which ends and by which means development research and training is or should be conducted, especially by institutions in the North. We critically interrogate what is needed for our discipline(s) to contribute to truly transformative processes in knowledge production, dissemination, policy and practice.
We look forward to the following variety of short, but thought-provoking interventions after a brief opening by EADI president Henning Melber and Julia Schoeneberg from the EADI secretariat:
“Development and Culture” vs “Development as Culture”, Juan Telleria, University of the Basque Country, Spain
“Rule of Law Development Intermediaries in Myanmar’s Transition”, Kristina Anna Isabella Simion, Australian National University, Australia
“Decolonising the Interview – Prospects and Challenges”, Esther Kronsbein, University of Kassel, Germany
“Reverse innovation: an opportunity to combat asymmetric ignorance in the international development architecture”, Hamdi Issa, Ara Darzi, Matthew Harris, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Further information about the conference and its panels is available here: https://globalstudies.gu.se/forskning/development-research-conference-2018