EADI ISS Conference 2020:
Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice
5 - 8 July 2021 (originally 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.

Contact: conference (at) eadi.org.

For everything related to registration, roundtables and workshops, please contact eadi2020@iss.nl

EADI-ISS Conference 2020 postponed

POSTPONED: 16th EADI-ISS General Conference, "Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice" (late June/early July 2020)

NEW DATES: 5-8 July 2021 (The Hague, The Netherlands)

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has forced EADI and ISS to postpone their joint conference planned for late June/early July (in The Hague) to next year. This implies that the Development Dialogue (PhD conference) as well as other events linked to the EADI-ISS conference also will be postponed to next year.

The unanimous decision by EADI and ISS also was driven by the conviction to leave no-one behind: especially the Global South is hit hard by the current crisis. The EADI-ISS Conference Team is convinced all preparations and lessons of the past years will contribute to an even more successful and inspiring event in 2021. Our priority will be to raise additional funding to actively involve Southern-based researchers, as these are mostly affected.

All participants with accepted papers, panel convenors, as well as registered participants will be informed separately over the next few weeks. EADI will also approach panel convenors individually to critically review their planned panels and to explore whether a new call for panels and papers is needed. Registered participants can choose to get a refund, or they can reregister for 2021 at no extra cost.

Please follow the websites of EADI and ISS for any updates in the coming months. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us.

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.

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.

EADI ISS Webinar Series

We will make some of the sessions available online already in 2020. Here is the latest list. Join in!

EU Development Policy Post 2020: norms and contestation, 16 June, 11am CEST read more and register

China, the EU, and Western aid norms. A case study on Ethiopia, 22 June, 14.00 CET read more and register

Rethinking civil society in promoting solidarity and social change in constrained settings, 29 June, 10am CEST read more and register

Bias aware practices: moving beyond unconscious bias training, 7 August, 14.00 CET read more and register

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

Digitalizing agriculture in Africa: promises and risks of an emerging trend By Fabio Gatti and Oane Visser Read the post

The Battle is on: Civic Space & Land Rights By Barbara Oosters and Saskia van Veen Read the post

Resource Grabbing in a Changing Environment By Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong, Amod Shah, Corinne Lamain, Elyse Mills, Natacha Bruna, Sergio Coronado and Yukari Sekine Read the post

Re-Politizing the European Aid Debate By Iliana Olivié and Aitor Pérez Read the post

Rethinking Empowerment and Accountability in ‘Difficult Settings’ By John Gaventa Read the post

Bridging EU- & Postdevelopment Studies: Four Avenues By Sarah Delputte and Jan Orbie Read the post

Empowering African Universities to have an impact By Liisa Laakso Read the post

Two faces of the automation revolution: impacts on working conditions of migrant labourers in the Dutch agri-food sector By Tyler Williams, Oane Visser, Karin Astrid Siegmann and Petar Ivosevic Read the post

Why gender matters to social movements By Stacey Scriver and G. Honor Fagan Read the post

Three ways of looking at the EU’s Development Policy By Sarah Delputte and Simon Lightfoot  Read the post

Limits to learning: when climate action contributes to social conflict By Dirk Jan Koch and Marloes Verholt Read the post

Solidarity for People Displaced by Large-Scale Investment Projects By Kei Otsuki and Griet Steel Read the post

Rethinking inequalities, growth limits and social injustice By Rogelio Madrueño Aguilar, José María Larrú and David Castells-Quintana Read the post

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