SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Development Studies seminar series

The Development Studies Seminars take place weekly during terms 1 & 2 with speakers representing the full range of development-related disciplines including economics, political science, anthropology, sociology and history.

Entrance is free and seminars are open to the public.

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Forthcoming Events

The Struggle for Development

Dr Benjamin Selwyn

Mainstream development thinking – whether (neo) liberal, statist and some Marxist variants – is founded upon a fundamental paradox. It advocates the oppression and exploitation of the poor in the name of helping the poor.

1 November 2016, Senate House, (S)ALT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Anti-Value in Marx

Professor David Harvey

At the end of the very first section of Capital, after offering an initial definition of the labor theory of value, Marx observes that "nothing can be of value without being an object of utility.

17 November 2016, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Russian Crisis and Global Geopolitics: Dilemmas of Authoritarian Rule

Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova

Since 2000, Russia’s model of political economy has evolved around three main channels of global economic integration: 1) export of natural resources and a national system of redistribution of export revenues; 2) financialisation, which acts as a boost for domestic consumption/demand; and 3) offshore integration of Russian capital into global capital markets.

22 November 2016, Senate House, (S)ALT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Agrarian Questions Then And Now

Professor Barbara Harriss-White, Professor Terry Byres, Professor Henry Bernstein, Professor Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Chaired by Dr Jens Lerche

The field of critical agrarian studies has undergone an exciting re-invigoration over the last four decades, addressing new and emerging questions arising from the onset of globalisation and its impacts on agriculture.

6 December 2016, Senate House, (S)ALT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM