16th Development Dialogue

Social Justice amidst the Convergence of Crises: Repoliticizing Inequalities

Dates: 1-2 November 2018

Call for Abstracts

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam is pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for its sixteenth annual Development Dialogue (DD16) on the theme: "Social Justice amidst the Convergence of Crises: Repoliticizing Inequalities"

The 16th Development Dialogue will bring together PhD students and other scholars within the field of Development Studies to revisit and bring back politics (repoliticize) into the inequality debate in particular and development discourse in general, as a way of advancing the course of global social justice. This year’s focus finds resonance in the global call to tackle inequalities, which have intensified in some parts of the world, and hence, have undermined the attainment of a dignified and just society.

Although advances have been made in addressing various inequalities, they are experiencing backlashes both at the national and global levels, on partial account of the emergence and/or convergence of crises on the economic, environmental, humanitarian, and political fronts among others. Moreover, responses to inequalities have largely been technocratic and simplistic, as they have repeatedly skirted around structural and institutional factors, which are at the core of these challenges.

Repoliticizing inequalities challenges the overuse of the inequality rhetoric and demands deeper examination of the existing power relations, and the structures and institutions of (re)distribution that have engendered and sustained the disparities and divisions between and amongst societies. It is an invitation to engage in the crucial debate on how to secure a world where the vulnerable and disadvantaged are able to obtain a fair share of the public good, claim their voice, and attain a secured sense of dignity.

Key sub-themes

Through this Call for Papers, ISS invites PhD Students, researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 16th Development Dialogue on the following sub–themes:

  1. Environment, Food and Agrarian Transformation
  2. Economic Development, Structural Change and Decent Work
  3. Innovative Approaches in Evaluating Public Policies
  4. Human Rights in the World of Humanitarianism
  5. Human Security and Migration
  6. Political Economy of Social Policies
  7. Politics of Gender and Identities of Freedom
  8. Social Mobilization and Resistance from Below
  9. Tensions and Challenges of the New Urban Agenda

The list is for suggestion only; other topics are also welcome. We encourage all kinds of scientific works, particularly those that focus on case studies. On the basis of selected abstracts, full papers would be called for and final selection done based on the full paper received. Details of the requirements for the full papers shall be made separately for selected abstracts.

Guidelines for Abstracts

  • A 500-word abstract that outlines the main issues, arguments, methodology, country/regional focus, structure of the paper and keywords.
  • Abstracts should be written in English with font: Times New Roman; size: 12 with 1.15 spacing
  • Please send your abstract to the following email address: dd16@iss.nl. Due to the large number of applications, confirming the reception of abstracts is not a standard procedure.
  • Include the following information in both the abstract and e-mail:
    • Your full name
    • Country of origin/birth
    • Your email address
    • Your country of residence
    • The institute you are affiliated with
    • Your current position at this institute
    • Your preferred sub–theme (if any)
    • A short biography of the Author(s)

Important Dates

  • Deadline for the submission of abstract: Close of day May 31, 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 29 June 2018 with an invitation to submit a full paper.
  • Submission of Full papers: Close of day on August 14, 2018.

The organizers will provide breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and a conference dinner. A limited amount of travel and accommodation support will be available for selected participants to attend the conference. Authors should indicate whether they need travel support and accommodation in order to participate.

For more information please contact the DD16 Organizing Committee.