Development Studies Events
- Revolution Then and Now
Dr Stathis Kouvelakis (King’s College London), Kate Evans (cartoonist, artist, and activist), John Rees (writer and activist)
The revolutionary tradition has a long history, and revolutionaries have inspired subsequent generations in fighting for a world free of exploitation, oppression and class distinctions.
- Cities in Contexts of Power and Counterpower: A Global Perspective
Professor Emeritus Göran Therborn (University of Cambridge)
Missing in the currently predominant literature on cities is a perspective of cities in contexts of power and politics, of cities as part of systems of power.
- Food Import Dependency in Cuba: still the Achilles Heel of the Revolution?
Elisa Botella Rodríguez (University of Salamanca)
- World Market, Patterns of Accumulation, and State Forms: The Political Economy of the Latin American Left
Dr Jeff Webber (Queen Mary, University of London)
This paper provides a synoptic assessment of the political economy of the Left turn in Latin America in the twenty-first century. First, it charts the broad trajectory of Latin America’s political economy in relation to trends in the world market and the international division of labour between 1980 and 2017.
- The Crisis of Social Reproduction and the End of Work
Dr Nick Srnicek (King's College London)
There has been much discussion in recent years about the “crisis of work”, with academics and journalists alike pointing to potentially concerning trends in the labour market.
- Land grabs, green grabs and financialization: Interlinkages and contradictions between primitive and capitalist accumulation
Shapan Adnan (Independent Scholar, formerly National University of Singapore)
- The Struggle for Development
Professor Mark Duffield (University of Bristol), Dr Zoe Marriage (SOAS, University of London), Professor Benjamin Selwyn (University of Sussex)
Most development thought is based upon the assumption that the uplifting of the world’s poor is to be carried out by elite actors (states, corporations, NGOs) rather than the poor themselves.
- Contract Farming in Global Production Networks: The Case of Tobacco in Southern Africa
Helena Pérez Niño (SOAS)
- Accumulating through Food Crisis: The Financialization of Agriculture from the Twentieth Century to the Present
Joseph Baines (King's College London)
- South-South Development Cooperation 3.0? Changes in the Decade Ahead
Dr Emma Mawdsley (University of Cambridge)
The last decade or so has been a period of remarkable success for the actors, ideas and practices of South-South Cooperation. First, the number of Southern development partners has grown, and collectively they have significantly increased their development finances and programmes. Second, they have consolidated and defended the claim to doing development differently. Third, they have achieved recognition as essential partners within the international development community.
- Towards Socially Just Development in the MENA Region
Thomas Claes (German Friedrich Ebert Foundation), Gilbert Achcar (SOAS), Salam Said
- Drugs and (dis)order: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war
German Espejo, Deputy Colombian Ambassador to Great Britain; Bianca Jinga, Head, Governance Security and Poverty Pillar, DFID; Jonathan Goodhand, Professor in Conflict and Development Studies, SOAS
Please join researchers in three of the world’s largest drug-producing countries –
Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar – as part of our launch event for a new GCRF project
“Drugs and (dis)order: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war.”
- The state, sexual violence, and women’s activism in Nepal
While post-2006 Nepal has seen a large increase in reports of sexual violence and widespread impunity for perpetrators, it is clear that the pre-existing grid of inequalities and power relations have enabled everyday impunity to become entrenched. Historical exclusion by the state, a largely inaccessible criminal justice system, and a legal system enforced by high-caste, Hindu, male elites are key to this entrenchment.
- Book launch of "Striking Women - Struggles and strategies of South Asian women workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet"
Sundari Anitha (University of Lincoln) and Ruth Pearson (University of Leeds)
- Hot Topics in Humanitarian Response
Mark Lowcock, Head of OCHA
- Mark Lowcock is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
- Uncertain identities: rural migrants and local labour in India’s informal sector. Struggling for employment, respect and existential meaning in Bhopal, India.
Arnaud Kaba (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Toulouse)
This paper compares rural migrants working in flyover construction yards in and around Bhopal and urban men working in the metal workshops of Bhopal’s Old City.
- How the international community is navigating the challenges of support to Myanmar’s complex peace process through a unique multi-donor approach
Harriet Martin, Myanmar Joint Peace Fund
The Joint Peace Fund (JPF) aims to support Myanmar’s highly complex peace process,
initiated by the military government in 2012 and re-launched by the newly elected NLD
government in 2016.
- "The Political Economy of China's Transformation" Workshop & Dialogue with Marxist scholars from China
This half-day workshop aims to bring progressive scholars and students together to discuss China’s economic transformation and its impact on world development in relation to neoliberalism, capitalism and imperialism. There will also have a forum for productive dialogue between workshop participants and a delegation of Marxist scholars
from China, on the state of intellectual Marxism in China amid global political-economic upheavals ".
- HELLO, SHADOWLANDS: Inside the Meth Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts and Bomb-Scarred Party Towns of Southeast Asia
Patrick Winn will speak about his new book, HELLO, SHADOWLANDS: Inside the Meth
Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts and Bomb-Scarred Party Towns of Southeast Asia (Icon Books,
- Exploring Myanmar’s Peace Process: Security, justice and governance in Southeast
Kim Joliffe, Saferworld
Kim Jolliffe will share the findings of a survey carried out by Saferworld and the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN) on the experiences of populations affected by 70 years of armed conflict between the Government of the Union of Myanmar (GoM) and the Karen National Union (KNU) in Southeast Myanmar.
- "Elite bargains and political deals": Launch of UK Government Stabilisation
Professor Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS), Dr Christine Cheng (King’s College Lomdon), Dr Patrick Meehan (SOAS)
Approximately two billion people live in parts of the world affected by violent conflict and fragility. By 2030 the World Bank estimates that 50% of the world’s population will live in
countries affected by violence and instability. Since the end of the Cold War, conflict resolution and peace building have been essential components of international interventions
in conflict-affected states. However, understanding of what works is still limited and partial.
- Neoliberalism, Populism, Fascism: The Implosion of Democracy in Brazil
PANEL: Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho, Professor Anthony Pereira, Dr Marieke Reithof, Dr Pedro Loureiro , Dr Francisco Dominguez
Brazil is in turmoil. The country is going through its deepest economic crisis in recorded history, and an unprecedented political crisis, which has led to the removal of President Dilma Rousseff and the imprisonment of former President Lula.
- Darfuri journeys to Europe: causes, risks and challenges to humanitarianism
Susanne Jaspars, SOAS
- The Invention of the Savage: Philosophy, Politics and the Ideologies of Development
Dr Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Development has all too often set up a cordon sanitaire around itself, fending off discomfiting reminders of its entanglements with the ideologies and practices of colonialism and empire.
- How Lives Change: Seven Decades of the village Palanpur, India
Himanshu (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
- Malian women shuttle traders in neoliberal Dakar: autonomy, (mis)trust and the need to travel
Gunvor Jonsson, SOAS
Recent infrastructural developments in Senegal have severely impacted on the livelihoods of female bana-banas from Mali, a group of mobile traders operating in the Mali-Dakar corridor: transportation costs have significantly increased, travelling has become a more exhausting experience, and fatal accidents have become more frequent during journeys.
- 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.
- Class differentiation and agricultural dynamics without expenditure
How do we approach class differentiation and agricultural dynamics using existing datasets in Sub-Saharan Africa?
- Reflecting on “Transnationalism and Refugee Studies” 20 years on
Seteney Shami, Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS)
- Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas
SYMPOSIUM: Dr Alpa Shah (LSE, University of London), Kheya Bag (New Left Review)
Alpa Shah and Kheya Bag discuss some of the insights in Shah's new book, Nightmarch: Among India's Revolutionary Guerillas.
- Profiting from Instability? Traders, Farmers and Inequality in US
Joseph Baines (King’s College London)
How does the financialization of food, and associated price instability, impact inequality within US agriculture?
- A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats?”: Climate, Inequality and Violence in Translocal Cambodia
Laurie Parsons, Royal Holloway
- Accord Insight 4 Borderlands and peacebuilding: a view from the margins
Conciliation Resources and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) invite you to the launch of Conciliation Resources’ latest Accord Insight publication,Borderlands and peacebuilding: a view from the margins.
- 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’.
- Caste, Class and Agrarian Transition in Western Tamil Nadu, India
Judith Heyer (Oxford)
- 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.
- Migration, Crisis and Beyond
Nicola Montagna, Middlesex
- 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.
- Women's Work in Mozambique: Gender Relations, Social
Sara Stevano (University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol)
- Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War
- BOOK LAUNCH: Twentieth-Century South Africa: A Developmental History, by Bill Freund
Professor Bill Freund (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
- 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.
- What are we afraid of? Risk evaluation and immigration detention
Anna Lindley, SOAS
- Agroecological alternatives to Brazil’s Green Revolution: which territorial development?
Les Levidow (Open University)
- Piloting Basic Income in Britain: A Report for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party
Guy Standing, Professorial Associate in the SOAS department of Development Studies