2018 Theme –
Branded as a dynamic field, development is constantly moving and changing. These changes can manifest themselves in paradigm shifts, government reform, or wars—all of which were prominent during the 20th century. While new NGOs, government policies, innovative solutions, and grassroots movements are garnering media attention for supposedly rehabilitating the field, it is imperative that we acknowledge the historical narratives from which new guises of development emerge. Why does development exist? What causes apparent deviations in development thought and practice? Who benefits and who is disadvantaged? By understanding the particularities and lived reality of development, we can attempt to elucidate the lines which “experts” often draw along the margins of race, nationality, religion, gender, and or socioeconomic status and how development challenges arise systematically.
BORDERS & MIGRATION
How can governments best respond to the needs of their own citizens, as well as those with no place else to go? What is the role of development practitioners in this dichotomy? Through a panel of migration experts, development practitioners and those who have experienced the effects of migration first hand, the many ways in which to move development practices to best support our migrant population will be explored.
NOT JUST LISTENING:
ACTIVISM’S ROLE IN REDIRECTING DEVELOPMENT
The aim of this thematic discussion is not only to discuss the complex spheres of activism in the Global South and Global North, but also to address how development practitioners, scholars, and current students can move from a passive role of simply listening to minority demands, to the active and progressive delivery of meaningful support to minority populations.
DEVELOPMENT IN MOTION:
ON THE FUTURE OF DEVELOPMENT
With a mix of practitioners and academics, this panel will address the current demands and changes within the development field and what the next generation of development workers/theorists will have to consider in this highly complex, multidisciplinary, and dynamic field.
WHOSE IDEAS MOVE THROUGH THESE PLATFORMS?
How does the purchase of social movement sloganed t-shirts affect the movement? What could this mean for similar movements in the global South as we continue to define a Western perception of feminist, racial and social needs? This panel will discuss the role of pop culture and forms of media in shaping recent and forthcoming social movements.