EADI ISS Conference 2020:
Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice
29 June - 2 July 2020

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) announce the 16th EADI General Conference, to be held in The Hague (Netherlands) from Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July 2020. The conference will be hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), one of Europe’s oldest and largest centres for research and education in the field of development studies. It will be combined with the Development Dialogue, the annual European conference of PhD candidates working in development studies.

About the Conference Theme

The central theme of the conference is “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. Together, these three concepts represent our aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.

How can I participate?

The call for abstracts is now open.

You may now submit an abstract for a panel.

Please select a track and read instructions carefully.

As final submissions vary, please read carefully what type of submission is expected after the acceptance of your abstract (draft paper, full paper, presentation). We offer two panel formats: Seed panel (SP): Provides a platform to present work in progress and/or innovative ideas and do not necessarily require the submission of a full paper. Harvest panel (HP): Provides a space to present completed research and research findings. The abstract should not be longer than 600 words. Remember to click the "Complete Submission" button on the second screen!

The call for abstracts will close on 15 December 2019.

Why The Hague?

Discussing these themes in The Hague is particularly significant given that it profiles itself as the Global City of Peace and Justice. Indeed, The Hague has played a central role in global peace building via the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013). We will actively involve these international institutions - as well as many other professional organizations and NGOs in the field of peace and justice - in our debates via key note speakers in plenaries and special visits to these institutions during the conference. As conference organizers we are very proud that The Hague is the host city.

What makes the EADI ISS 2020 conference unique?

EADI and ISS will use a variety of innovative conference formats to enable participants to exchange ideas and engage in active discussions. These include special panels between practitioners and academics as well as a high number of participants from the Global South. By combining the conference with the PhD network of the Development Dialogue we will provide space for early career scholars. Of course, we will follow the EADI principle of ’local, organic, and fair’ in the conference logistics. We look forward to an exciting and inspiring gathering of development researchers and practitioners from all over the world.

Important Dates

21 October 2019: Call for Abstracts launched

15 December 2019: Call for Abstracts closed

31 January 2020: Notification on Abstract acceptance

29 June - 2 July 2020: EADI ISS Conference

Call for Abstracts

You may now submit an abstract for a panel.

Please select a track and read instructions carefully.

As final submissions vary, please read carefully what type of submission is expected after the acceptance of your abstract (draft paper, full paper, presentation).

The abstract should not be longer than 600 words.

Please register with Conftool for your submission.

Read our latest blog posts in the "Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice" Series!

Why do we need Solidarity in Development Studies By Kees Biekart Read the post

Solidarity, Peace, and Social Justice – will these values prevail in times of fundamental threats to democracy? By Jürgen Wiemann Read the post