• Invitation to PhDs and early-career researchers in development studies to share ideas on their research methodologies, findings and experiences towards solidarity, peace and social justice.
  • Deadline: 15 January 2020
  • Download the Call for Papers
  • Conference Dates: 28-29 June 2020

In collaboration with EADI ISS 2020 Conference, we are pleased to announce that the 17th edition of the Development Dialogue (DD) will be held on the 29th and 30th of June 2020 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The Netherlands. The DD is an annual ISS conference organized by and for PhD researchers and young scholars in development studies and related fields. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Engaged Scholarship for Development: Building Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice’. The upcoming DD17 has been combined and scheduled back-to-back with the triennial conference of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) taking place from 29th June to 2nd July 2020, and also to be hosted at ISS.

We are living in an era of multiple crises –of widespread inequality, violence, poverty, climate change, the rise of extreme nationalism, racism, war, and human rights violations -which are systemically linked. Conventionally, PhD researchers are expected to theorize, explain, predict and suggest recommendations for their selected topics, using limited resources to conduct feasible case studies. As young researchers, our attempts to fulfil our academic obligations often result in our being confined to our specific areas of study. Whereas our intellectual projects provide us with in-depth knowledge and insights into the localized problems that we investigate, it is crucial that we also reflect on the implications of our work in the context of the current globalized struggles. All of these require building alternatives for social change, as well as our engagement with counter narratives and resistance. In this year’s DD, we seek contributions that critically engage with broader global development issues, particularly those in line with the EADI 2020 conference themes of solidarity, peace and social justice.

In line with the theme of the EADI conference, the DD17 will explore questions including:

  • How and why do we, as engaged PhD researchers, contribute to solidarity, peace and social justice?
  • How can we find new understandings to the concept of ‘development’, through the lenses of solidarity, peace and social justice?
  • What are the limits and opportunities for engaged scholarship and activism around global development issues?

We would like to invite participants to reflect on any aspect of solidarity, peace and social justice, under the thematic areas including, but not limited to:

  • Social movements
  • Agrarian development
  • Conflict and security
  • Gender equality
  • Environment and sustainable development
  • Health and education
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Migration
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Public policy and international law

Guidelines and deadline for submission:

  • Notification of accepted abstracts is 15 February 2020
  • Abstracts must be submitted via email to [email protected] by 15th January 2020