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 Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism

Dr Jessica Whyte (University of Western Sydney)

In 1927, the leading Austrian School neoliberal thinker Ludwig von Mises published a scathing attack on European colonial imperialism, which he described as antithetical to all the principles of liberalism.

20 November 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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.

27 November 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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.

4 December 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM