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.

Development Studies Seminar Series 2017-2018

Development Studies Seminar Series 2016-2017

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Forthcoming Events

Fictitious Capital in the 21st Century

Dr Cédric Durand (University of Paris 13 and EHESS, France)

Ten years after the great financial crisis we are still living under financial hegemony. The social and political wounds of the crash are far from being repaired. However, at institutional and structural levels most of the features of financial power are still in place and, arguably, even reinforced. How can we explain this resilience of financialisation? What are the socioeconomic implications?

5 February 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Exiles in the 21st Century: The New ‘Population Law’ of Absolute Capitalism

Professor Etienne Balibar (University of Paris-Nanterre and Kingston University)

Clearly the 21st century will be marked by the increasingly large number of exiles i.e. uprooted and displaced people who find themselves ‘erring’ within or between states and continents, suffering extreme hardship or facing elimination, and creating imminent ‘pressure’ on states and societies.

19 February 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Climate Change and the ‘New Green Revolution’ in India

Marcus Taylor (Queen’s University, Canada)

Rural India is repeatedly argued to be in the midst of a social crisis as manifested in indicators of household indebtedness, farmer suicides, poor nutrition and food insecurity.  Such issues are amplified in the context of stark environmental challenges, including groundwater depletion, land degradation and climate change-induced droughts and floods.

26 February 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Towards Zero Violence: Putting Gender into a Theory of Violence and Society

Sylvia Walby (City, University of London)

Is violence increasing or decreasing? The UN Sustainable Development Goals aspire to end violence against women and reduce violence in general. According to Pinker, drawing on Elias, violence is decreasing...

5 March 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Agrarian Transition and Development in an Age of Globalised Inequality: Some Questions from Africa

Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)

African countries face a different set of challenges in their attempts to develop than have more recently developed countries. In this talk, we will explore the predicament African countries face in a globalised and unequal world, and the potential paths to rural change, using Kenya as a case study.

12 March 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM