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Development Dialogue 2021
EADI and ISS Conference - June 29 & 30, 2020
Monday July 5, 2021 Image: ISS
All day event


Kortenaerkade 12
The Hague, 2518 AX Netherlands
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Due to the global corona virus crisis, the 17th Development Dialogue and the EADI General Conference has been postponed from June 2020 to July 5-8, 2021 in The Hague. The theme for this year’s conference is “Engaged Scholarship for Development: Building Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. 

The Development Dialogue is the annual European conference of PhD candidates working in development studies. ISS invites PhDs and early-career researchers in development studies to share ideas on their research methodologies, findings and experiences towards solidarity, peace and social justice.

Development Dialogue – Call for abstracts

In line with the theme of the EADI conference, the DD17 will explore questions including:

  • How and why do we, as engaged PhD researchers, contribute to solidarity, peace and social justice?
  • How can we find new understandings to the concept of ‘development’, through the lenses of solidarity, peace and social justice?
  • What are the limits and opportunities for engaged scholarship and activism around global development issues?

ISS invites participants to reflect on any aspect of solidarity, peace and social justice, under the thematic areas including, but not limited to:

  • Social movements
  • Agrarian development
  • Conflict and security
  • Gender equality
  • Environment and sustainable development
  • Health and education
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Migration
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Public policy and international law

The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 15, 2020. Notification of accepted abstracts is February 15, 2020.

Download this document for all submission guidelines and detailed information about the Development Dialogue.

EADI ISS General Conference

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) announce the 17th EADI ISS 2020 General Conference, to be held in The Hague (Netherlands) from June 29 to July 2, 2020. The central theme of the conference is “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. Together, these three concepts represent our aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.

EADI and ISS will use a variety of innovative conference formats to enable participants to exchange ideas and engage in active discussions. These include special panels between practitioners and academics as well as a high number of participants from the Global South. By combining the conference with the PhD network of the Development Dialogue we will provide space for early career scholars. Of course, we will follow the EADI principle of “local, organic, and fair” in the conference logistics. We look forward to an exciting and inspiring gathering of development researchers and practitioners from all over the world.


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