Event

EADI CEsA General Conference 2023: Towards New Rhythms of Development



Date: July 10, 2023 - July 13, 2023
Date: July 10, 2023
All-day event
Start date: July 10, 2023
End date: July 13, 2023
Event summary: Join EADI CEsA conference on 10-13 July 2023.

Organisers

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).

Time and place

10-13 July 2023, Centre for African and Development Studies (CEsA), ISEG-Lisbon School of Economics and Management/University of Lisbon (Portugal).

Call for panels

We seek to provide spaces for discussion, engagement, sharing, and co-creation among conveners, contributors and participants. For that reason, the conference gives room for a variety of different panels and sessions: Seed Panels, Harvest Panels, Workshop sessions and Roundtable sessions.

Proposals can be submitted until 4 September 2022. For any enquiries, you can contact the conference team at: conference2023(at)eadi.org.

About

The development landscape has never been static but in these times of uncertainty and insecurity, we are witnessing ever more profound shifts in global relations, inequalities, and forms of exclusion.

Dominant trajectories and paths of ‘development’ have led the world to the brink of collapse. Around the world pandemics have deepened unequal access to health care and vaccines and have had negative socio-economic impacts structured along national, racial, gendered and class lines. Many forms of life on earth are close to extinction and global warming has led to severe and devastating wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other disasters. We are also experiencing a crisis of political representation, with public support for leaders and politicians waning. Due to fake news and cyber propaganda, we are witnessing a crisis of trust, which is triggering populist and nationalist narratives that undermine solidarity, collective action, and resistance.

This is combined with rising economic inequalities and occurrences of civil wars, local conflict and forced displacements. These global patterns are intimately interconnected: the growing climate emergency, the global pandemic, the protests against systemic and structural injustices and the rise in global inequalities. A fundamental rethinking of development has never been more urgent, timely and salient.

Worldwide protests calling for transformative and structural change, against racism and injustice, alongside calls to decolonise minds and acts have illuminated a path towards reflecting and rethinking how history has been framed through colonialist narratives and how these persist in the present. These tensions are a sign that human aspirations and ways of living, as well as perceptions of what constitutes development, are responding to mitigate, and hopefully overcome, the adverse consequences of these global patterns and crises. This will require greater understanding of the multiple and varied spatial and temporal rhythms of development be they: planetary, climatic and seasonal, economic and capitalist, political and institutional. The challenge is to consider a fundamental transformation of policies, practices, mindsets and behaviours, one based not solely on technological and scientific innovations but founded on cultural, intellectual and artistic creativity and inspiration. We need to consider a variety of data, evidence and research to identify key challenges and to develop new concepts, methods and policies.

The Lisbon conference aims to illuminate the various causes and manifestations of these current unprecedented challenges and to explore and map ‘new rhythms of development’.