[Iag-list] CFP - IAG, 2017 Brisbane - Critical Development Studies Group sponsored sessions

Paul Hodge paul.hodge at newcastle.edu.au
Wed Mar 8 15:46:53 AEDT 2017

Hi All

Please see below 4 sessions sponsored by the Critical Development Study Group (CDSG) (3 x standard sessions and 1 post-graduate-led workshop) plus 1 joint session run with the Urban Geography and Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledges and Rights study groups (details on IAG conference website).

Please send your abstracts of no more than 200 words to the conference website https://absoluteevents.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/iag2017/web/ExtraContent/ContentSubPage?page=1&subPage=3 and to session conveners (see their emails below) and to paul.hodge at newcastle.edu.au<mailto:paul.hodge at newcastle.edu.au> by Wednesday, 5 April.

Take care
Paul (on behalf of the CDSG)
IAG Conference 2017 - Call For Abstracts<https://absoluteevents.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/iag2017/web/ExtraContent/ContentSubPage?page=1&subPage=3>
The IAG Conference 2017 is being held in Brisbane and will bring together local, national and international geographers to find out why 'Geography Counts'.

1. Contemporary Themes In Critical Development Studies
Sponsored by: Critical Development Studies Group
Phoebe Everingham (Phoebe.everingham at newcastle.edu.au), Paul Hodge and Sarah Wright (Sarah.wright at newcastle.edu.au), University of Newcastle

Development is a highly contested practice, rationale and imaginary. The myriad power configurations of development both constrain and enable across the majority and minority worlds as the meanings and practices of development continue to have significant effects. And while development’s technologies, networks and processes remain problematic, it endures through its tantalising promise of hope. This session invites contributions across a broad range of contemporary themes relevant to development and its problematisation. Papers may include topics such as:

  *   Development networks and foreign aid
  *   Migration and development
  *   Borders transgressed, maintained and created by development practices
  *   International development in a post-Trump world
  *   Emerging methodologies in and pedagogies of development
  *   Tourism Geographies
  *   Resilience and development
  *   The Sustainable Development Goals
  *   Gender dimensions and development
  *   Development policy interventions
  *   Indigenous-led geographies of development
  *   Activism and development
  *   Marginality, exclusion, empowerment and development
  *   More-than-human assemblages and development materialities
  *   Environmental justice and development
  *   Affect and emotions as post-development practice
  *   Hopeful and strengths-based approaches in development

2. Critical Geographies Of Climate Change Adaptation And Development In Oceania
Sponsored by: Critical Development Studies Group
Sophie Webber (Sophie.webber at sydney.edu.au), University of Sydney and Andrew McGregor (Andrew.mcgregor at mq.edu.au) Macquarie University

The islands of our neighbouring region are climate hotspots: They are subject to both the extreme risks of climate change impacts as well as to extensive experimentation in climate change adaptation and development interventions. The small island states of the Pacific region expose the limits of adaptation, stressing this transformational program of change, as well as inviting insights into how to live on the edges of climate change. These sites, therefore, are essential to understanding new constellations and contradictions of international assistance and climate interventions. As such, this session invites papers that explore the critical and relational geographies of climate change adaptation and development in Oceania. In particular, we seek papers that make critical, and theoretically informed, contributions to understanding the limits, contradictions, imaginaries, and potentials of climate change adaptation and development programs and policies. Topics could include, but are certainly not limited to:

  *   Theorising political economic, socio-environmental, and climatological vulnerability in small island states
  *   Exploring the relational geographies of climate and development in Pacific Islands
  *   Understanding the limits and potentials of climate change adaptation and development at a time of climate-denial and international withdrawal and reticence
  *   Developing socio-political strategies oriented at building resilience and international solidarity with Pacific Island Countries affected by climate change
  *   Interrogating discursive representations and imaginaries of climate change in the Pacific and their material impacts
  *   Tracing how Pacific Island Countries are already effected by climate change ecologically, culturally, socially and politically

3. Politics Of Measurement And Evaluation In Development During Resistance And Populism
Sponsored by: Critical Development Studies Group
Sophie Webber (Sophie.webber at sydney.edu.au) University of Sydney

Like many political and policy worlds, the development arena has seen a growing demand for measurement, evaluation, and evidence. This includes a shift from global development hegemon, the World Bank, to demand a transformation in development practice towards sharing global ‘solutions’ and best-practices, as well as the increasing deployment of medical-inspired randomized control trials for generating development economic knowledge. Within the industry, the scientization of development is acclaimed as a necessary method to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in aid spending. Moreover, best-practice designations and experimental evidence are routinely represented as objective and legitimate. At the same time, scientific and development expertise has been subject to critique from anti-elitist and populist movements, as well as by critical scholars and resistance movements.
Given this conjuncture, this session seeks contributions that engage with the politics of measurement, evaluation and evidence-based policy in the development industry. Potential questions and topics include:

  *   Which, and whose, development knowledge counts? How does development knowledge become hegemonic?
  *   How is technical development expertise mobilized, and what kinds of development interventions does it engender?
  *   Who is challenging the centrality of technocratic development expertise, and to what ends?
  *   Can measurement and evaluations be harnessed for progressive political and developmental ends?

4. Writing Co-Produced Worlds: Perspectives From Early Career Researchers In Critical Development Studies
Sponsored by: Critical Development Studies Group
Yasa Belmar (y.belmar at uq.edu.au) University of Queensland

Early-career researchers (ECRs) and practitioners who work to understand and improve urban, regional and rural governance face peculiar challenges related to the co-production of knowledge for social transformation. For practitioners, these challenges can relate to the broad constellation of actors, diverse interests, and entrenched power relations which shape governance in these territories. For early career researchers, collaborating to create empowering and emancipatory representations of these worlds can be a daunting task. This postgraduate-led workshop will take the form of a facilitated discussion among participants, who will reflect on the following questions:

  *   What strategies are needed to bridge conflicting rationalities and generate co-produced knowledge and actions in development practice?
  *   What are the enablers and constraints to co-production?
  *   What methodologies can academics and professionals use to allow the co-production of knowledge in theory and practice?
  *   What are the benefits of this type of co-production?
The aim of the session is to catalyse the formation of ongoing cross-institutional writing circles or communities of (research) practice in the area of critical development studies.

Lecturer in Development Studies, Geography & Environmental Studies
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

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