EADI / ISS Conference manual for registered participants

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1. General Information and Welcoming Words

2. Programme

3. Support

3. Ethics and Privacy

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1. General Information

The EADI General Conference is organized every third year. It serves as the association’s public forum for academic exchange, reflection and debate on pressing global and developmental questions. For the first time, the conference is held entirely online. This allows us to welcome a high number of participants from the Global South, providing space for scholars to present research in our seed and harvest panels, and/or to contribute to workshops and roundtables.

The annual ISS PhD Conference “Development Dialogue” is this time integrated into the conference and the sessions are open to all conference participants.

We look forward to an exciting and inspiring gathering of development researchers and practitioners from all over the world.

Originally planned as a physical event in the city of The Hague, the conference will offer virtual visits to local professional organizations working on the conference theme, as well as several networking and social sessions.

This guide intends to support conference participants with all technical facilities needed to access the conference programme and the related links to the online sessions.

Welcoming words

A warm welcome to the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague

Dear participants of the 16th EADI General Conference,

On behalf of the whole ISS community, a warm welcome to you at this 16th EADI General Conference, hosted by ISS in The Hague. We are happy to be able to greet you this year, after having to postpone the conference in 2020 due to the corona crisis. I hope that you are all healthy and well.

Although the conference will be held completely on-line, we hope that you will feel that you really are with us, in our beautiful building this week. And that, when you look back on the conference, you will feel that you were in The Hague, by feeling welcomed to our ISS community, by being inspired by meeting colleagues from all over the world, by exchanging ideas about (the past, present and future of) development studies, and by meeting several of our partners working in the field of development in The Hague.

I want to thank the ISS and EADI team members -inspired and coordinated by Kees Biekart- for preparing this EADI conference. I especially thank the volunteers, consisting mostly of our MA students and PhD researchers, for their hard and enthusiastic work.

A special welcome and thanks to the EADI president, Henning Melber and the EADI Secretariat ran by Susanne von Itter and her team. Henning and Susanne, thank you for trusting us with the organization of this year’s conference: it has been an honor. I wish all of you: inspiration, food for thought and wisdom.

Yours in Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice,

Prof Inge Hutter, Rector ISS, of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, The Netherlands

Far too long, the notion of “development” was associated uncritically with positive connotations. As if “development” was/is a kind of silver bullet to overcome the quagmire of “under-development” – with “development aid” and “development cooperation” decisively reducing if not abandoning the asymmetric power relations and inequalities in our world, instead of reproducing them in a rehash, wearing the emperor’s new clothes while at best helping to ease some of the worst crises without eradicating their root causes.

As the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, EADI has been established with “development” as a core reference point of its institutional identity. This is a challenge and obligation to revisit its meaning in search of “another development”. Accepting such task also for this General Conference, we could not have been in a better company than that of the Institute for Social Studies at The Hague, as one of our premium member institutions.

The theme selected is programmatic: Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice are key ingredients and goals in support of dignity and respect for sustainable life on earth based on the do-no-harm principle. Such parameters in recognition of the respect for and protection of nature (including the human species) go far beyond the lip service paid (if at all, that is!) to the 0.7% obligation of the wealthy states towards people and societies far too long at the receiving end of “development”, which they experienced as marginalisation, exploitation and disrespect for the diversity of life on earth.

I would like to thank all contributing to this Conference in search of meaningful “development”. I am especially grateful to Inge Hutter, Kees Biekart and their fantastic team at ISS for their devoted partnership, as well as Susanne von Itter and her colleagues at the EADI Secretariat for their relentless commitment making this event possible.

May exciting debates and exchanges inspire us in our efforts to promote and bring about true “development”.

Prof Henning Melber President of EADI

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. We have invited all conference participants to reflect on any aspect of solidarity, peace, and social justice, such as:

  • How can we give new meanings to solidarity in a period of growing distrust between and within nations and amongst people?
  • How can we, as development scholars and practitioners, contribute to peace and social justice in our work?
  • How can we find new understandings and/or explanations to the concept of ‘development’, without simply adding new adjectives?

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 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 keynote speakers in plenaries and virtual visits to these institutions during the conference.

Our Conference Sponsors

A conference of this size would not have been possible without the generosity of the following sponsors:

The Municipality of The Hague: the municipality acknowledged the contribution of the conference “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice” to the aims of The Hague as city of Peace and Justice.

The Dutch Chapter of the Society for International Development (SID-NL): for almost five years the secretariat of SID-NL was hosted by the ISS, and monthly public debates on development issues were organized in the ISS building. When the Netherlands Chapter was discontinued in 2018, the remaining reserves of the organization were dedicated to hosting the EADI-ISS Conference, as this provided a follow-up to the mission of SID-NL.

In addition, over a dozen professional organizations in the Netherlands are hosting virtual visits for conference participants. More details can be found here.

Why online, how online?

The conference was initially planned as a face-to-face event in 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic. After careful deliberation and based on the still complicated situation in many countries, it was eventually decided to organise the conference entirely online via Zoom. Doing so allows for an unprecedented participation in EADI General Conferences by scholars and practitioners located in the Global South. We are thrilled to see so many participants from all across the globe and to help us turning this event into a truly inclusive and global conference.

EADI - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes

EADI, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, is the leading European network in the field of Development Studies: With more than 100 institutional members in more than 25 countries it organises activities and provides platforms for international networking and exchange with a strong interdisciplinary focus. The General Conferences are EADI’s flagship events and bring together the wider Development Research community around a specific topic every three years. Learn more about EADI here.

ISS - The International Institute of Social Studies

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science located in The Hague, 'The World’s Legal Capital'. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment. ISS is a founding member of EADI since 1975. Established in 1952 as the International Institute of Social Studies by Dutch universities and the Netherlands Ministry of Education, it is active in the research, teaching and public service domains in the field of development studies and global social justice. Since 2009, ISS is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Learn more about the ISS here.

EADI Working Groups

EADI Working groups are the network's members in action: a forum for reflection and discussion, as well as a platform for launching and elaborating development research. They meet regularly and are monitored by the Executive Committee. EADI Working Groups have organized a range of seed and harvest panel sessions. More generally, working groups play a key role in EADI’s activities, running online seminars and events, contributing to the Development Research blog etc. To learn more about the working groups, click here. If you are interested in joining a working group, just contact the conveners of the panels/working group.

Benefits of EADI membership

The EADI network is open to institutes, NGOs, individuals, students and professionals from all disciplines of development research and related fields. If you would like to create new dimensions in your work, then why not become a member? Contact us at the EADI Secretariat or visit our website. www.eadi.org The institutional membership includes a subscription to the European Journal of Development Research (EJDR). Membership for students is free.

Social Media and Blog

The hashtag #solidarity2021 has been created for the conference. When tweeting, we encourage participants to include this hashtag. If you would like to tag EADI and ISS in your tweets, please do so using the following handles: @EADI and @issnl

This year, we have an exciting series of blogposts focusing on the conference theme on our blog Debating Development Research (EADI) and Bliss (ISS). If you observe interesting discussions and perspectives at the conference and would like to submit a blogpost, get inspired by our blogging guidelines and get in touch!

EJDR Series on Solidarity, Peace, and Social Justice

Opening in May 2021 with an online collection on the topics 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 is on Social Justice, and in July on Solidarity.

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2. Programme

Access to the programme and Zoom links

See the public version of the programme here.

Important note: All registered participants need a Conftool account: Zoom links to the sessions will only be accessible through Conftool in the programme interface. If you have not already created an account, see the steps in the section "Technical instructions". Please note that Zoom links will be available shortly before the conference starts.

Pre-conference events

This year, the conference programme features an exciting set of ‘pre-conference’ events which you are all cordially invited to attend. These will take place in the two weeks prior to the start of the conference on 5 July, as explained below. For every single session of the conference, a Zoom link will be embedded in the programme. To access a Zoom link, click on the title of a session in the programme. In the pop-up window, click on the Zoom link to join the session. See section 3 of this document for more technical information about Zoom and Conftool.

Technical Information Sessions

Thursday 24 June (10:00-11:00) https://eur-nl.zoom.us/j/95020924134

Thursday 24 June 16:00-17:00 https://eur-nl.zoom.us/j/98133313984

Friday 2 July 12:00-13:00 https://eur-nl.zoom.us/j/92288379606

Are you unsure about how to use Zoom? Would you like to meet a few friendly faces before the start of the conference? Would you like to discover new and useful features in Zoom? Do you have a technical question? Then join one of our three training sessions! Our team will be happy to assist you.

Dudley Seers Lecture

1 July, 16:00-17:30: the Dudley Seers Lecture has been an inherent part of the EADI General Conferences since 2008. Remembering one of the founding members and the first EADI president, this lecture allows a renowned speaker to formally set the tone for the debates at and around the conference.

Speaker: Professor Rohini Pande (Yale University)

Title: Mapping Power and Inequality: Institutions and Individuals

Full details: Click here for the abstract and details about the speaker

Note: To join, click here

Workshop "From Abstract To Vlog":

A Pre-Conference Workshop- 2 July, 14:00-16:00 : Join Emanuele Fantini, Adinda Ceelen, Roland Postma and Juliette Cortes for an exciting opportunity to learn how to exploit the power of video and of storytelling to effectively communicate your research with a vlog (a short video recorded with your mobile phone)!

PhD programme - Development Dialogue:

The Development Dialogue (DD) is an annual international PhD conference organized by the PhD candidates at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. The objective is to exchange the results of recent and ongoing research by young scholars and doctoral candidates in different fields of development studies. Development Dialogue is a multidisciplinary, reflective and collaborative exercise which brings together researchers from around the world.

The Development Dialogue sessions will take place on Monday 5 July and Tuesday 6 July. See here for the programme of the 17th Development Dialogue, with the title: “Engaged Scholarship for Development: Building Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”.

Conference activities

Plenary sessions:

The conference will feature three plenary sessions, each addressing key challenges to development researchers and practitioners.

1. Opening Plenary - 5 July, 2-3.15 pm: Global solidarity & COVID- 19

2. Second plenary – 7 July, 9-10.15 am: 2. Second plenary – 7 July, 9-10.15 am: Questioning Development– Towards Solidarity, Decoloniality, Conviviality

3. Closing Plenary – 8 July, 2-3.15 pm: How Has The Pandemic Changed Our Research Practice?, followed by the announcement the 2023 General Conference venue.

Panel sessions:

Panel sessions are divided in four subgroups: seed panels, harvest panels, roundtables and workshops. These are respectively coded with SP, HP, RT and WS in the programme. Every panel code starts with a number which refers to its parallel session (from 1 to 8).

For example: 1-HP091 is a harvest panel taking place in the first parallel session, and 3-RT017 is a roundtable panel taking place in the third time session.

  • Seed panels provide a platform to present work in progress and/or innovative ideas.
  • Harvest panels provide a space to present completed research and research findings.
  • Roundtables feature panellists invited to discuss topics they have expertise in.
  • Workshops invite participants to exchange and interact about a particular topic.

All parallel sessions are scheduled for 75 minutes and are followed by a 15-minute break.

We would like to ask presenters to keep their presentations short: preferably not longer than 6 minutes and with a maximum of 3 slides.

All details about each panel can be found by clicking on the title of a panel in the programme. This will open a pop-up window displaying all details. Alternatively, you can also browse our conference website here.

The panel sessions have been colour-coded according to topical streams. We have ensured that there are no panels from the same topical stream taking place simultaneously, so that you can attend all panels within your stream of research. But of course, you are also free to attend any panel you want from any stream!

To help you navigate the programme, the table at the right explains which topical stream corresponds to which colour code in the programme.

Regional network sessions:

The programme features five regional network sessions. These sessions are designed to help participants from a certain geographical region to interact and network with any participant with a special research interest in the region. They have been programmed to take into account the different time zones. For example, the network sessions for Asia will start at 8 am CEST on 6 July, while those for Latin America will take place in the evening of that same day, starting at 6pm CEST. The sessions will be moderated and co-chaired by members of EADI’s Executive Committee and ISS’s Conference Committee.

Virtual visits:

A unique activity during the online EADI-ISS conference are the virtual visits of conference participants to a range of professional organizations in The Netherlands working on (international) solidarity, peace, and social justice. Many of these organizations already have close relationships with the ISS, either via staff members, ISS alumni, or institutionally. The purpose of these visits is twofold:

  • to allow conference participants to link up with non-academic professional groups and organizations in The Netherlands (working on solidarity peace, and/or social justice issues) and to discuss their activities, linked to the conference theme. And
  • to allow the Netherlands-based organizations to present themselves to a global network of development specialists, to engage in a lively (online) discussion, and establish new professional relationships.

Two slots of one hour each are dedicated to the virtual visits during the conference, one on Wednesday 7 July at 15:30-16:30 and the second on Thursday 8 July 9:30-10:30.

Several organizations will use both time slots, with the same programme, offering the opportunity for more participants to visit two organizations. Details of these visits will be announced on Conftool, so take a look in advance about the programme. There is no need to preregister.

Background information on the participating organizations.

Social sessions:

Coffee corners and Butterfly Bar

There will be plenty of opportunity to make informal contacts during the conference. We have created several interactive sessions facilitated by ISS students. Everyday at the end of the programme there are virtual Coffee Corner sessions dedicated to each conference stream, so that you can discuss outcomes and ideas of panel sessions afterwards (please join any of the subgroups). You can also propose a theme for dedicated subgroups to the facilitators of these sessions, in case you want to link up with others to discuss a particular theme or question.

And of course, every day in the late afternoon, we open up the famous ISS Butterfly Bar for an informal drink and to join any ongoing chat. You can also ask the bar tender to book you a designated table to meet up with colleagues.

Meet the publisher session:

A ‘meet the publisher’ session is planned for 6 July, 2-3.15pm with a senior editor at Palgrave. This is a fantastic opportunity for early-career researchers to come and ask questions about the European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) and other Palgrave journals! Come and attend if you would like to hear tips about how to maximise your chances of being published in development journals, understand the steps involved in the submission process etc.

Alumni sessions:

ISS has an extensive alumni network of over 13,000 former students in more than 150 countries. A strong global network of development professionals. By engaging closely with alumni, ISS strengthens its position within the global society, facilitates contact opportunities between students, staff, and alumni, and receives support and input from active alumni, whether regarding advice, research cooperation, capacity development or promoting the ISS brand. Moreover, ISS provides post-graduation services such as refresher courses. The ISS PhD Alumni Association (IPAA) builds its community through discussion platforms, conferences, news sharing, blogs, newsletters and on/-offline events to connect, exchange and collaborate, and to revive memories and relationships with each other, supervisors, etc. The group of over 220 PhD alumni stands out as these alumni have often engaged for longer periods with the institute. As such they have a strong link with the ISS and its research.

At the Conference, several spaces are created for MA and PhD ISS alumni to connect with each other and to the rest of the EADI Network.

Meet and Greet - ISS Alumni session 1: 6 July 12:30 - 14:00 CEST

Meet and Greet - ISS Alumni session 2: 8 July 15:30 - 17:00 CEST

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3. Support

Technical instructions:

The EADI Conference is digitally organized using the ConfTool Conferencing platform. The programme on ConfTool will display all links to the Zoom sessions. Please note that Zoom links will be available shortly before the conference starts.

Important note: All registered participants need a Conftool account: links to the sessions will only be accessible through Conftool in the programme interface. If you have not already created an account, you can do so by clicking here. Your access to the programme will be made available once your conference fee is paid.

You can create your own personalised programme. To see the conference programme, follow the following steps:

Step 1: Log into your Conftool account here

Step 2: Go to "Browse Conference Agenda" to open the programme.

Step 3: Click on the title of any session to open a new window, which displays all details of that session (conveners, presenters, abstracts etc.) To build your own programme, further proceed with the following steps:

Step 4: To add a session to your agenda, click on the ‘+’ icon of the relevant session. This will become a green tick, meaning your session has been correctly added.

Step 5: To view your agenda, click on My Agenda at the top of the page.

Time zones: the time given for any session in the programme is Continental European Summer Time (UTC+1). However, you can change the time zone settings in your Conftool account so that the programme is also displayed according to your own time zone.

Example of change in time-zone: Suppose you are located in Brazil. To display the programme with the local time in Brazil, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to Edit User Account Details. In the box that says ‘Time Zone’ select your own time zone (In this example: ‘America, Sao Paolo = GMT -03:00’). Save your changes at the bottom of the page by clicking on ‘Submit user data’.

Step 2: Go to Conference Program Scheduling and Browse Conference Agenda to open the programme.

Step 3: At the top of the page, above ‘Session overview’, both the conference time in CEST and the time in your local zone will be displayed.

Step 4: To check the time of any session in your local time zone, click on any session in the programme. In the pop-up window, the time will again be shown in both CEST and according to your local time zone.

Alternatively, you can use a time zone converter if you are located in a different time zone, for example by clicking here, or here. However, we recommend you use the above feature in Conftool as it will display the entire programme in your local time zone.

Recording: The plenary sessions will be recorded. However, it will not be possible to record panel sessions (harvest or seed panel, roundtable, and workshop), due to logistical and privacy issues.

How to use Zoom and ConfTool

We have provided external links to all features of Zoom and ConfTool that we would be using during the Conference. We hope that you use this set of instructions to attend/participate in our online sessions.

Zoom:

Please use this link to make the best use of Zoom and all its features.

Video Tutorials: Please go through the videos on ‘Zoom Meetings and Webinars’  and ‘Audio, Video, Sharing’  in case you are not familiar with Zoom.

ConfTool:

Each of the items listed below is a link to an external webpage with instructions:

Discussion Boards:

Users can go to the ConfTool Agenda to start discussions about sessions and/or presentations. To start a discussion, click on the speech bubble icon with the plus. To engage in a discussion that has already started, click on the icon with one speech bubble, in case only one message has been contributed to the discussion so far, or the icon with two speech bubbles, in case there is more than one contribution to the discussion. You can subscribe to a discussion when you click on the bell icon. You will be automatically subscribed to a discussion once you enter a contribution to the discussion ("Subscribed"). In that case, you can decide to receive e-mail notifications about new contributions to the discussion when you click on the bell icon again ("E-Mail-Notification"). As an author of a presentation, you can also decide to receive e-mail notifications even if you have not submitted a contribution to the discussion.

You can always get an overview of all the discussions to which you have sent messages or to which you have subscribed when you click on “Your Discussions” on the overview page in your account: Overview => Your Discussions.

Technical room:

During the conference, we offer technical support using our online technical room. There will be a separate Meeting ID provided for this on your ConfTool Agenda. This room offers help throughout the conference from our volunteers in case you face any difficulties while using Zoom, ConfTool, or any other technical issues related to the Conference.

If you are unable to reach the technical room through the Meeting ID, please write to us at eadi2021@iss.nl. You can also reach the technical room by Telephone:

Phone: +31616801052

WhatsApp: +31616801052

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Ethics and Privacy

ISS is part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (hereinafter referred to as EUR) and handles personal data with care and acts within the limits of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ISS/EUR processes personal data and uses cookies for its websites.

In this Privacy Statement, we provide information about the purposes for which personal data are processed, how you can exercise your privacy rights and other information that could be important to you.

The cookie statement gives information about our use of cookies.

Who is responsible for your personal data? ISS/EUR is the party responsible for processing your data within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation. Are your personal data protected at EUR? We value your privacy. So, we take security measures to prevent the theft, loss, or otherwise unlawful use of your personal data. We protect your data by minimising access rights, using encryption, monitoring use, and applying additional measures to the extent that the current state of the art allows for this.

As a data subject, you have various rights under the GDPR. Click here to exercise your rights.

Privacy issue? Here is what to do: To report a data breach, please send an email to eadi2021@iss.nl. On this page you can find more information about the procedure for reporting a data breach.

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Social Media and Blog

The hashtag #solidarity2021 has been created for the conference. When tweeting, we encourage participants to include this hashtag. If you would like to tag EADI and ISS in your tweets, please do so using the following handles: @EADI and @issnl

This year, we have an exciting series of blogposts focusing on the conference theme on our blog Debating Development Research (EADI) and Bliss (ISS). If you observe interesting discussions and perspectives at the conference and would like to submit a blogpost, get inspired by our blogging guidelines and get in touch!

Colour codes of the topical streams

Technical instructions

The EADI Conference is digitally organized using the ConfTool Conferencing platform.

The programme on ConfTool will display all links to the Zoom sessions one hour before each session.

Important note: All registered participants need a Conftool account: links to the sessions will only be accessible through Conftool in the programme interface. If you have not already created an account, you can do so by clicking here. Your access to the programme will be made available once your conference fee is paid.

You can create your own personalised programme. To see the conference programme, follow the following steps:

Step 1: Log into your Conftool account here

Step 2: Go to: Go to "Browse Conference Agenda" to open the programme.

Step 3: Click on the title of any session to open a new window, which displays all details of that session (conveners, presenters, abstracts etc.) To build your own programme, further proceed with the following steps:

Step 4: To add a session to your agenda, click on the ‘+’ icon of the relevant session. This will become a green tick, meaning your session has been correctly added.

Step 5: To view your agenda, click on My Agenda at the top of the page.

Timezones: the time given for any session in the programme is Continental European Summer Time (UTC+1).

However, you can change the time zone settings in your Conftool account so that the programme is also displayed according to your own time zone.

Example of change in time-zone: Suppose you are located in Brazil. To display the programme with the local time in Brazil, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to Edit User Account Details. In the box that says ‘Time Zone’ select your own time zone (In this example: ‘America, Sao Paolo = GMT -03:00’). Save your changes at the bottom of the page by clicking on ‘Submit user data’.

Step 2: Go to Conference Program Scheduling and Browse Conference Agenda to open the programme.

Step 3: At the top of the page, above ‘Session overview’, both the conference time in CEST and the time in your local zone will be displayed.

Step 4: To check the time of any session in your local time zone, click on any session in the programme. In the pop-up window, the time will again be shown in both CEST and according to your local time zone.

Alternatively, you can use a time zone converter if you are located in a different time zone, for example by clicking here, or here. However, we recommend you use the above feature in Conftool as it will display the entire programme in your local time zone.

Recording: The plenary sessions will be recorded. However, it will not be possible to record panel sessions (harvest or seed panel, roundtable, and workshop), due to logistical and privacy issues.