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

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 5 July to Thursday 8 July 2021. 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 eventually 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 eadi2021@iss.nl

EADI-ISS Conference postponed from June/July 2020 to July 2021

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has forced EADI and ISS to postpone their joint conference from June/July 2020 to 5-8 July 2021. Most of the panels will take place in the same or similar format as originally planned for 2020. Please see the list of panels and workshops here.

We will open a limited call for abstracts for those panels inviting additional contributions in the beginning of September.

Registered participants can choose to get a refund, or re-register for 2021 at no extra cost. Registration for the 2021 conference will open after the summer.

Please follow the websites of EADI and ISS or the EADI Newsletter 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. 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.

EADI ISS Virtual Dialogue Series

Some of the sessions which were planned for the initial conference have been held online already in 2020. Most of the sessions will not be available online for re-watching.

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

China, the EU, and Western aid norms. A case study on Ethiopia, 22 June 2020, 14.00 CET read more

Rethinking civil society in promoting solidarity and social change in constrained settings, 29 June 2020, 10am CEST Read more

Transforming Narratives in support of Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice, 16 July 2020, 15.30 CET Read more

Solidarity Today - Building resilience through a practice of self-care, 31 July 2020, 16.00 CET Read more

Bias aware practices: moving beyond unconscious bias training, 7 August 2020, 14.00 CET Read more

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