EADI ISS Conference 2021:
Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice
5 - 8 July 2021, The Hague

PhD Conference

Alongside the conference, the 17th Development Dialogue (ISS PhD Conference) – “Engaged Scholarship for Development: Building Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice” is taking place.

The Development Dialogue (DD) conference is a yearly initiative organized by PhD researchers of ISS. It provides the space for doctoral candidates and early career researchers engaged in different fields of development studies to share their work, exchange ideas and to discuss how their research relate to global development struggles. Read more

Summmary of the Opening Plenary: The absence of serious measures to protect citizens from the COVID-19 virus in countries such as India and Brazil, as well as vaccine grabbing by countries in the Global North, have created much avoidable suffering, mainly, but not only, in the Global South. Nearly a year and a half after the outbreak of the pandemic, hope for transformative change rests mainly on the countless practices of solidarity by local communities worldwide. It therefore comes as no surprise that all speakers at the opening plenary of the EADI ISS #Solidarity2021 conference were torn between pessimism and hope when taking stock of solidarity in times of COVID-19. Read more

Opening in May 2021 with an online-collection on the topic of Peace, our Journal, the European Journal of Development Research (EJDR), has launched a series on the three main conference themes. Each month five papers related to the conference themes will be free-to-view on EJDR’s website. The focus in June will be on Social Justice, and in July on Solidarity.

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 from 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 virtual visits to these institutions during the conference.

What makes the EADI ISS 2021 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. We will provide space for early career scholars in our seed and harvest panels. 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.

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Conference Programme

The conference programme is available with an overview of the plenary sessions, the seed and harvest panels, roundtables and workshops. Detailed descriptions of the sessions are available here.

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

How social accountability initiatives are helping pursue social justice by Elsbet Lodenstein and Sylvia Bergh Read the post

Development researchers as advocates: eight tips for more engaged scholarship by Adinda Ceelen Read the post

Risk dumping in field research: some researchers are safer than others By Linda Johnson and Rodrigo Mena Read the post

Changing research practices in times of Covid – Insights from an international fishbowl By Basile Boulay Read the post

Questioning development: What lies ahead?  By Christiane Kliemann Read the post

For the redistribution of water, framing matters! By Lize Swartz Read the post

COVID-19: solidarity as counter-narrative to crisis capitalism By Christiane Kliemann Read the post

How online conferences can contribute to social justice: lessons from organizing the EADI ISS Conference 2021 By Kees Biekart, Basile Boulay, Susanne von Itter and Sushrutha Vemuri http://www.developmentresearch.eu/?p=968Read the post

How Moving (Academic) Conferences Online Could Help Address Social Injustices By Dennis Penu Read the post

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