17th Development Dialogue

Due to the global coronavirus the 17th Development Dialogue and the EADI General Conference has been postponed to 5-8 July 2021.

16th EADI conference postponed

17th Development Dialogue - 2020 - Engaged Scholarship for Development

Engaged Scholarship for Development: Building Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice

29-30 June 2020 at the International Institute of Social Studies

DD17 has been combined and scheduled back-to-back with the triennial conference of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) taking place from 29th June to 2nd July 2020, and also to be hosted at ISS.

PhD researchers - critically engaging with broader global development issues

We are living in an era of multiple crises – of widespread inequality, violence, poverty, climate change, the rise of extreme nationalism, racism, war, and human rights violations - which are systemically linked.

Conventionally, PhD researchers are expected to theorize, explain, predict and suggest recommendations for their selected topics, using limited resources to conduct feasible case studies. As young researchers, our attempts to fulfill our academic obligations often result in our being confined to our specific areas of study.

Whereas our intellectual projects provide us with in-depth knowledge and insights into the localized problems that we investigate, it is crucial that we also reflect on the implications of our work in the context of the current globalized struggles. All of these require building alternatives for social change, as well as our engagement with counter narratives and resistance.

In this year’s DD, we seek contributions that critically engage with broader global development issues, particularly those in line with the EADI 2020 conference themes of solidarity, peace and social justice.

A high-quality international PhD conference

As with previous editions of the DD, we remain committed to providing early-career researchers an opportunity to present their work and receive high quality and constructive feedback. We also plan to invite established academics attending the EADI 2020 conference as DD panel discussants and keynote speakers. The collaboration between the DD17 and the EADI 2020 conference will also enable us to provide a range of benefits for DD participants.

Access to the EADI 2020 conference

All researchers who present at the DD17 will be able to attend EADI 2020 conference panels, plenary sessions, keynote addresses and social events for a highly subsidized fee.

The EADI 2020 conference programme will also include masterclasses and workshops specifically aimed at PhD researchers and early-career scholars.

Please note that EADI 2020 conference access for DD17 presenters is as a non-presenting participant. If you are also keen to present a paper at an EADI 2020 panel, you can apply separately through the conference call for papers . DD17 presentation panels will be scheduled so that they do not clash with EADI 2020 panels.

Financial Support

We recognize that financial barriers often prevent a diverse pool of participants from attending international conferences. Therefore, we will offer need-based funding to support selected participants. Such funding will be in the form of travel subsidy and accommodation for DD17 presenters.