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

Retail Shift: Transforming Work and Gender in Global Production

Professor Stephanie Barrientos

The expansion of global retail has significant implications for analysis of work and gender. Within the retail sector supermarkets, agrifood and manufacturing brands play a central role transforming production, processing, distribution and consumption across developed and developing countries.

24 January 2017, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Violent Past, Hot Present, Extreme Future: Episodes of Fossil Imperialism and Climate Change in Egypt, India and Nigeria

Andreas Malm

Global warming is lapping the shores of countries in the global South with a whole fleet of existential threats. But this is not the first time fossil fuel combustion has visited them. This talk will focus on three places where the British Empire used steamboats to subjugate distant populations and appropriate their resources: Egypt, India and Nigeria, all targets of nineteenth-century imperial expansion powered by coal.

31 January 2017, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Economic Inequality and Gender Inequality

Professor Diane Elson

Economic inequality is now of major concern to both mainstream and heterodox economists.  Gender inequality has always been of major concern to feminist economists, but is often ignored by both mainstream and heterodox economists. This talk will explore the intersections between these two aspects of inequality and discuss what difference it makes if gender is brought  into analysis of economic inequality.

21 February 2017, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Russian Revolution and Global Development: Lessons from the First Hundred Years

Tariq Ali, Professor August H. Nimtz, Professor Tamás Krausz

The Russian Revolution was the greatest anti-capitalist uprising in history, and from its origins, sparked controversy, chaos, imagination and hope. It began with the dismantling of the Tsarist autocracy in February 1917 and its replacement with a provisional government; by October, the provisional government was also overthrown.

28 February 2017, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Capitalism and the Sea: Sovereignty, Territory and Accumulation in the Global Ocean

Dr Liam Campling, Alejandro Colás

We introduce the term ‘terraqueous territoriality’ to analyse a particular relationship between capitalism as a social formation, and the sea as a natural force. Focusing on three spaces – exclusive economic zones (EEZs), the system of ‘flags of convenience’, and multilateral counter-piracy initiatives.

7 March 2017, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Development in Crisis: States, Conflicts, Refugees. Celebrating 25 Years of Development Studies at SOAS

Professor Gilbert Achcar, Professor Chris Cramer, Dr Laura Hammond, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Professor James Putzel, Chaired by Dr Zoë Marriage

Since Development Studies was first taught at SOAS 25 years ago, the SOAS Department of Development Studies has provided critical perspectives on a wide range of issues that have gone on to shape development theory and practice.

14 March 2017, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM