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Department of Development Studies

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  • Beyond Neoliberalism or Capitalism? The Latin American Experience
  • Professor Henry Veltmeyer (Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, México)
  • Latin America is currently caught up in a vortex of forces of social change generated in the process of capitalist development. This seminar will explore the diverse forms taken by the resistance to the advance of capital in the region over the course of the neoliberal era. It is argued that Latin America is a virtual laboratory of diverse experiments in the search for an alternative pathway and different models of post-development.



  • Black Revolution: The Global Politics of Black Radicalism
  • Dr Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University)
  • Black radicalism is one of the most misunderstood political philosophies that exist. Conflated with extremism, narrow versions of nationalism and misogynistic organisations, it has largely been dismissed or overlooked as the ‘evil twin on the civil rights movement’.

  • The Wild East: India’s Criminal Economy and Politics
  • Professor Barbara Harriss-White (University of Oxford)
  • In the 21st century, many parts of the South Asian subcontinent are being conquered not by settler-migrants (as was the case in the Wild West) but by unruly and illegal forms of capital.



  • Power, Politics, and Profit: The History of Food Aid in Conflict and Protracted Crisis
  • PANEL: Dr Susanne Jaspars (SOAS University of London), Professor Laura Hammond (SOAS University of London), Professor David Keen (LSE)
  • Food aid, and its withdrawal, has been used for a range of objectives: to support or undermine states or political movements, to save lives and support livelihoods, and to encourage self-reliance and – presently – resilience. In situations of conflict, states and leaders have diverted food aid to gain resources and authority or restricted it as part of counter-insurgency tactics. In the longer term, it becomes part of a country’s political economy.