CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Pedagogy in Practice: how we teach in Development Studies

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Pedagogy in Practice: how we teach in Development Studies

Murdoch University, Friday 23 – Sunday 25 June 2018

 

Until the lion tells her own story, the hunter will always have the best part of the story

African proverb

 

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Building on the success of the inaugural Rethinking Development Symposium at JCU that focused on ‘what’ we teach in Development Studies, the second symposium seeks to explore ‘how’ we teach Development Studies.

 

Keynote

Sisonke Msimang – Storytelling and action         

The acts of storytelling and listening are key modalities in the oral history tradition for imparting knowledge. Storytelling is a universal human experience. Sharing stories can ignite possibilities, strengthen connections between people and give voice to the marginalised. Storytelling and listening are power tools for people to work collaboratively and inspire people to take action against social injustice. Sisonke is Program Director at the Centre for Stories.

 

Presentations

You are invited to submit an abstract (word limit 500 words) for a 20-minute presentation that focuses on one or more of the three themes below. We especially encourage presentations that speak to teaching practices and or teaching for practice. Abstracts due April 13th, 2018.

  1. Teaching practices in relation to experiential and practice-based learning. For example:
    • How do we encourage our students’ in-class learning from their own life and work experiences, especially our students from developing countries?
    • How do we encourage ‘place-based learning’ and what is its value?
    • How do we best assist our students to obtain worthwhile, ethical ‘practical experience’ in development?

 

  1. Alternative paradigms and cross-learnings: voice and knowledges. How do we use alternative or new paradigms in development teaching (planetary boundaries, doughnut economics, Southern theory, decolonising development curricula, etc.)? How do we bring the affective into our development curricula? How can Indigenous and Development Studies learn from each other?

 

  1. The changing development landscape – how do we teach students to be adaptive and flexible practitioners to confront contemporary development challenges

 

  • What does the changing global development landscape mean for how we teach?
  • Given the rapid changing development landscape, how might we draw on one another’s specialisations to fill the gaps in our own development studies curricula?

 

Planned Panels:

  • Teaching for Practice: Big employers speak. Our students want jobs, but do we know what big employers want? What the implications are for how we teach? What are the pathways into a career in international development?
  • Teaching in Practice: International postgraduate students speak. What have our international students hoped for in their studies? What have been their experiences (honestly) and what did they value most?
  • ACFID Information Panel

 

Planned Roundtables:

  • Creating a community of teaching practice. For example, how might we share teaching resources and components across institutions, in Australia and into developing countries?
  • FOR code for development studies, the development of an Antipodean Development Studies Association.
  • Responding to the Teaching for Practice panels: is there a gap between what the development employers are seeking from development studies graduates and what the students are looking for in their degrees?

 

CONVENORS

Dr Rochelle Spencer, Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability, Murdoch University

Dr Jane Hutchison, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University

 

Submissions due: Friday, 13 April 2018

Submissions to: Rochelle.Spencer@murdoch.edu.au

Registration: Details to be announced

More information: https://rdinetwork.org.au/events/

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: NZGS/IAG Conference, University of Auckland, 11-14 July, 2018

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Call for Papers for the DevNet/Critical Development studies Group/Indigenous Peoples Knowledges and Right study group sessions for Auckland in July.

 Please see below a summary of 9 session titles and convenors with abstracts and contact details for each at the end of the email.

Abstracts of 150-200 words due 30 March.   

Thank you to all session convenors for coming up with these great abstracts!

Take care,

Kelly Dombroski (DevNet), Paul Hodge (IAG) and the Critical Development Studies Group committee

 

Paper Sessions

1. New geographies of development: Sophie Webber (University of Sydney) and Fiona Miller (Macquarie University)

2. Youth and migration in the Global South: Andrew Deuchar (University of Melbourne)

3. Critical Geographies of China & Southeast Asia: Sarah Rogers, Yuan Zhenjie, and Vanessa Lamb (University of Melbourne)

4. Forging new knowledge networks for disaster resilience in Monsoon Asia: Lisa Law (James Cook University), Ann Hill (University of Canberra), Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney University)

5. Climate change and new geographies of displacement: Sophie Webber (University of Sydney), Fiona Miller (Macquarie University), Celia McMichael (University of Melbourne), Joseph Rickson (Macquarie University)

6. Critical geographies of climate change, adaptation, and development: Sophie Webber (University of Sydney), Fiona Miller (Macquarie University)

7. Beyond anthropocentrism: the case for species-inclusive development: Yamini Narayanan (Deakin University), Andrew McGregor (Macquarie University), Donna Houston, (Macquarie University)

 

Panel

8. Theorising critical development studies: Glenn Banks (Massey University), Kelly Dombroski (University of Canterbury)

 

Workshop

9. The politics of decoloniality: ethics, methodologies and processes: Yvonne Underhill-Sem (University of Auckland), Paul Hodge (University of Newcastle)

 

Sessions

Paper Sessions

1. Session title: New geographies of development (DevNet/CDSG)

Convenors: Sophie Webber (University of Sydney) and Fiona Miller (Macquarie University)

Abstract: It has long been a paradox of international development that, despite great financial and intellectual investment in the development enterprise, poverty, inequality and vulnerability persist. New causal processes of uneven development, and new sites and scales of poverty, inequality, and vulnerability are constantly emerging. The changing geography of development is evident in the shift of scales from a focus on the nation-state, to cities or global accords, in the programmatic concern with new problem areas such as environmental and climate changes, or pandemic risks, and in the relocation of sites in need of development intervention to include those in the Global North. This session invites papers that explore, conceptually, empirically and methodologically, the new geographies of international development. Do these new geographies pose challenges to the status quo development apparatus, or simply reinforce its hegemony and negative effects? What opportunities for more hopeful, just and equitable geographies of development exist? We seek papers that analyse new paradigms of development and post-development, or that work at the boundaries of such theory through conversation with other fields.

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Sophie Webber sophie.webber@sydney.edu.au and Fiona Miller Fiona.miller@mq.edu.au by 30 March 2018. Participants will then need to nominate this session when they submit their abstract to the conference website (date TBA).

 

2. Session title: Youth and migration in the Global South (DevNet/CDSG)

Convenor: Andrew Deuchar, University of Melbourne

Abstract: To a greater extent than has previously been the case, young people are moving around in order to pursue education, employment and other social opportunities. Yet the increased spatial mobility of youth has coincided with the imposition of neoliberal reforms, which have eroded employment opportunities in parts of Africa (Langevang and Gough, 2009), India (Jeffrey, 2010) and Latin America (Crivello, 2011). This has resulted in large numbers of young people – many of whom are migrants – with limited social and economic prospects and without viable pathways to adulthood. Given the sheer number of young migrants across the Global South, scholarly work which analyses and theorises their experiences is critical for theorising national development trajectories more generally.

This session will explore how studies of young migrants and migration might contribute to development theory by addressing questions such as: How might migration itself be conceptualised and what theoretical perspectives enhance these conceptualisations? How do studies of migration contribute to understandings of the linkages between spatial mobility and social mobility? And how do young migrants contend their marginality? Taken together, the papers presented will make an important contribution to development geography by expanding scholarly understandings of youth and migration in the Global South.

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Andrew Deuchar adeuchar@student.unimelb.edu.au by 30 March 2018. Participants will then need to nominate this session when they submit their abstract to the conference website (date TBA).

 

3. Session title: Critical Geographies of China & Southeast Asia (DevNet/CDSG)

Convenors: Sarah Rogers, Yuan Zhenjie, and Vanessa Lamb (University of Melbourne)

Abstract: This session aims to draw together a network of scholars (particularly PhD students and early career researchers) who do critical geography in and about China or Southeast Asia. We are seeking papers that engage with diverse theories including (but not limited to) Marxist political economy, feminist political ecology, governmentality, social practice, hydropolitics, critical development studies, and critical urban theory, and ask questions about how these theories travel or fail to travel to these places.

We welcome a range of topics, methods, and theoretical standpoints, but ask that papers consider some or all of these questions:  How are theoretical frameworks that have primarily developed in Western contexts revised, enriched, or subverted through geographical research in China or Southeast Asia?  What theoretical developments are taking place in China or Southeast Asia and to what extent are these ideas travelling? How is this interplay shaping ways of doing critical geography in China or Southeast Asia?

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Sarah Rogers rogerssm@unimelb.edu.au by 30 March 2018. Participants will then need to nominate this session when they submit their abstract to the conference website (date TBA)

 

4. Session title: Forging new knowledge networks for disaster resilience in Monsoon Asia (DevNet/CDSG)

Convenors: Lisa Law (James Cook University), Ann Hill (University of Canberra), Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney University)

Abstract: In the spirit of creative conversations and constructive connections, this session brings together scholars working in disaster contexts to forge new knowledge networks in the field of disaster resilience in Monsoon Asia.  We are particularly interested in presentations that foreground place-based and culturally meaningful ways of coping with hazardous events, and how these might strengthen resilience in the face of climate uncertainty in the region.  These coping practices help to extend notions of traditional/local knowledge in disaster research in new directions, but also re-centre disaster resilience on ‘epistemologies of the south’ (Santos 2014).  The session thus helps illuminate a different way of understanding ‘disasters’ and ‘development’ in the region.  Presenters should provide empirical examples which illustrate how this approach can be used to build more sustainable and ecologically responsive local economies and communities.

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Lisa Law (lisa.laws@jcu.edu.au) by 30 March 2018. Participants will then need to nominate this session when they submit their abstract to the conference website (date TBA).

 

5. Session title: Climate change and new geographies of displacement (DevNet/CDSG)

Convenors: Sophie Webber (University of Sydney), Celia McMichael (University of Melbourne), Joseph Rickson (Macquarie University) and Fiona Miller (Macquarie University)

Abstract: Both the direct impacts of climate change, as well as responses to climate change in the form of mitigation and adaptation projects, are creating new geographies of displacement – transforming people’s relations to place, community and livelihoods. Whilst mobility and displacement have long been central to the uneven development that characterises the Asia Pacific region, climate change is contributing to new and intensified forms of displacement. Forced resettlement typically has adverse consequences for people’s well-being. Yet, the relocation of communities is now actively being planned and implemented – as well as resisted – in a number of climate vulnerable places. For geographers, we might ask: how can critical development theories inform understanding of these emerging geographies of displacement and climate change? Do such interventions reflect what Li (2007) refers to as the ‘will to improve’ inherent to the development project? How do communities and researchers engage with institutions involved in displacement? How are relations to place, community and economy transformed by displacement and the ongoing impacts of climate change? What methods support ethical engagement with, and the co-production of knowledge by, people who experience and anticipate displacement? We invite papers that begin to map the geographies of displacement and, in so doing, reveal the disproportionate burden climate change impacts and responses are having on vulnerable communities.

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Sophie Webber sophie.webber@sydney.edu.au and Fiona Miller Fiona.miller@mq.edu.au by 30 March 2018. Participants will then need to nominate this session when they submit their abstract to the conference website (date TBA).

 

6. Session title: Critical geographies of climate change, adaptation, and development (DevNet/CDSG)

Convenors: Fiona Miller (Macquarie University), Sophie Webber (University of Sydney)

Abstract: Our neighbouring regions 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. Development priorities, funding mechanisms and development actors have reorganised in response to climate change, with some positive but also some troubling consequences. In the small island states of the Pacific, or the low-lying deltas and coastal areas of Southeast Asia, these sites expose the limits of adaptation, stressing the transformational promise of this 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 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.

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Sophie Webber sophie.webber@sydney.edu.au and Fiona Miller Fiona.miller@mq.edu.au by 30 March 2018. Participants will then need to nominate this session when they submit their abstract to the conference website (date TBA).

 

7. Panel session title: Beyond anthropocentrism: the case for species-inclusive development (DevNet/CDSG)

Convenors: Yamini Narayanan (Deakin University), Andrew McGregor (Macquarie University), Donna Houston, (Macquarie University)

Abstract: Development studies, a multidisciplinary subject area, has remained somewhat removed from the more-than-human debates sweeping environmental social sciences and humanities. Such debates are critical of human exceptionalism, and promote more relational approaches that recognise the agency of non-humans in constituting, or co-producing contemporary socioecologies. Development discourse and practice on the other hand, has been largely complicit in the commodification and financialisation of non-humans as human property and resources to further human development. In this session we focus on non-human animals as important actors within development.  Where development narratives have been attentive to animals, it has largely been to argue for their improved treatment where possible as resources (Kelly 2016), or out of concerns for anthropogenic environmental change caused by animal agriculture (Weis 2013). An ‘Animals and Development’ meta-narrative is yet to be articulated in international development theory or practice.

This panel aims to provoke expanded justice-oriented conceptions of inclusive development to species-inclusive, or multi-species inclusive development. It introduces animals into development discourse as social actors in multispecies communities, rather than as natural resources for human communities. The panel considers the provocations to the property status of animals, advanced by the burgeoning animal rights civil protection movement worldwide. It aims to expand the ambit of social justice in development, to ‘sociozoologic justice’ (Narayanan 2016) where the harms from exploitation are not privileged as uniquely human traumas, but recognised as shared species vulnerabilities. Dismantling the human/animal binary fundamentally requires recognition of humans also as species (Blue 2015).  Though a species-inclusive approach we seek to deepen and broaden understandings of how development transforms multi-species communities, and identify more caring and just approaches.

This panel invites papers that consider the diverse ways in which more-than-human development studies might be enacted: through incorporating an explicit focus on non-humans into development processes; by focusing upon more-than-human relations and assemblages as foundations of development; and through creative place-based approaches to development practice whereby human and non-human agencies are mobilised in pursuit of desirable ends. It invites papers that considers non-human animals and development in areas including and not limited to:

  1. Biopolitics, technical assistance, and the industrialisation of animal agriculture
  2. Urbanisation and biodiversity
  3. Diverse human-animal relations – animals in culture/societies/religion/tradition
  4. Animals as agents of development / animals as aid / aid for animals
  5. Sexual politics of meat / milk – gendered violence in animal farming
  6. Animals, climate change and the Anthropocene
  7. Human and animal rights within development
  8. Meatification and the commodification of lively bodies
  9. Multi-species justice and development
  10. Hunger, poverty, animals and development
  11. Animals within conservation and ecosystem services projects
  12. Practicing species-inclusive development

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Yamini Narayanan y.narayanan@deakin.edu.au Andrew McGregor andrew.mcgregor@mq.edu.au and Donna Houston donna.houston@mq.edu.au by 30 March 2018. Participants will then need to nominate this session when they submit their abstract to the conference website (date TBA).

 

Panel

8. Panel session title: Theorising critical development studies (DevNet/CDSG)

Conveyors: Glenn Banks (Massey University), Kelly Dombroski (University of Canterbury)

Abstract: Faced with the reality of intractable poverty—in both the Majority and Minority worlds—and heterogeneous manifestations of development’s promise, theoretical interventions (explanations, enactments, performances) continue to proliferate. In this session, panellists are invited to take a particular development problem e.g managing the environment, strengthening social protection, ensuing social inclusion, promoting accountable governance, enhancing civil society etc., and think through how we might theorise the problem in new ways that challenge dominant neoliberal development discourses while offering novel pathways to improved development futures. Eight nominated presenters will be asked to talk for 5 minutes on their theoretical intervention leaving plenty of time for Q&A time following the short panel presentations. 

 

9. Workshop

Session sponsor: Critical development studies group/DevNet/

Workshop session title: The politics of decoloniality: ethics, methodologies and processes (DevNet/CDSG & Indigenous Peoples Knowledges and Right study group)

Facilitators: Yvonne Underhill-Sem (University of Auckland), Paul Hodge (University of Newcastle)

Abstract:

Purpose of the workshop sessions: To begin a collaborative long-term agenda to discern a ‘politics of decoloniality’ in our collective work. The two workshop sessions aim to build on the important work already under way in Oceania to conceive of, and practice, explicit political interventions that mobilise decolonial thought and practice in ways within and beyond the university. 

 The politics of decoloniality: ethics, methodologies and processes I – sharing stories: Researchers working in development geography, critical development studies, Indigenous studies and Pacific studies are coming under increased pressure to ‘speed up’ research endeavours, including ethics processes, fieldwork and academic outputs. These pressures often work against the kinds of relationship building, methodological agility and collaborative reflection essential for ethical intercultural research. In this first of two workshop sessions on the ‘politics of decoloniality’, participants are invited to share encounters, experiences and moments in their work that reveal the need to decolonise ideas and practices. We see this collective sharing as a necessary first step to discern a politics of decoloniality where scholarly work might be used to (i) push against colonial practices and processes underpinning the neoliberal university, (ii) take an explicit political step beyond the academy and, (iii) articulate a Charter on decoloniality. What these critical interventions might look, feel and sound like will be a key intention of the workshop sessions. Insights from this session I will be documented and used to inform collaborative work in session II.   

 The politics of decoloniality: ethics, methodologies and processes II – tangible action: Negotiating a ‘politics of decoloniality’ is more than a theoretical endeavour. Many scholars are situated at the intersections of material insufficiences, everyday discrimination and growing intolerance where the ‘so what’ of our conceptual exercises invite and even demand meaningful and tangible acton. In this session we work towards a longer-term political agenda which specifies places and sites of action and practices of a politics of decoloniality in our research methods, our pedagogies and in our engagements within our institutions and beyond.  In session II move the discussion forward by focussing on specific spaces (such as for instance ethics processes), specific practices (such as for instance the evaluation of research methodologies in grant writing and publishing) and specific concepts (such as for instance participation, intersectionality and indigeneity).

LAUNCH: Beyond Recognition: a special edition of Postcolonial Studies

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When: Wednesday 20 September, 6-8pm

Where: Institute for Postcolonial Studies, 78-80 Curzon St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051

 (note that IPCS events have a small cover charge: waged $5, unwaged $3, IPCS members free)

The special issue responds to recent critical Indigenous scholarship against the politics of recognition, led by scholars such as Audra Simpson (who has a paper in the issue) and Glen Coulthard. The papers in the issue build on their important critiques, extending these into diverse empirical contexts, including in non-settler postcolonial contexts (Kenya, Papua New Guinea) as well as in settler colonial ones (Australia, US, Canada).

The papers engage variously with: Indigenous refusal and colonial constructions of ‘consent’ in settler colonies (Audra Simpson); slum-upgrading development projects in Kenya (Sam Balaton-Chrimes); the interplay of recognition and assimilation in Indigenous Australian lifeworlds (Melinda Hinkson); the refusal of whiteness by light-skinned Aboriginal people (Emma Kowal and Yin Paradies); memorialisation of the Second World War and of ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ in Papua New Guinea (Victoria Stead); visual self-representations of Indigenous people affected by the Canadian Residential School system (Lara Fullenwieder); and the competing normative political frameworks of recognition and justification (Duncan Ivison).

The list of journal contents is below, and we are very happy to provide PDFs of any of these for those who don’t have institutional access to them (email victoria.stead@deakin.edu.au or sam.b@deakin.edu.au).

For those of you who are in Melbourne, we will be launching the special issue at the Institute for Postcolonial Studies, North Melbourne, on the 20 September. Paul Muldoon (Monash University) will join the issue editors (Victoria Stead and Sam Balaton-Chrimes) in a panel discussion on the politics of recognition, including in relation to current Australian debates over constitutional recognition of Indigenous people. Please join us, if you can, for some good conversation and light refreshments.

Postcolonial Studies

Special Issue, ‘Beyond Recognition’, vol. 20(1) 2017

 1. Samantha Balaton-Chrimes and Victoria Stead, ‘Recognition, Power and Coloniality’

 2. Audra Simpson, ‘The Ruse of Consent and the Anatomy of “Refusal”: Cases from North America and Australia’

 3. Lara Fullenwieder, ‘Framing Indigenous Self-Recognition: The Visual and Cultural Work of the Politics of Recognition’

 4. Samantha Balaton-Chrimes, ‘Recognition, Coloniality and International Development: A Case Study of the Nubians and the Kenya Slum Upgrading Project’

 5. Victoria Stead, ‘Violent Histories and the Ambivalences of Recognition in Postcolonial Papua New Guinea’

 6. Melinda Hinkson, ‘Beyond Assimilation and Refusal: A Warlpiri Perspective on the Politics of Recognition’

 7. Emma Kowal and Yin Paradies, ‘Indigeneity and the Refusal of Whiteness’

 8. Duncan Ivison, ‘Pluralising Political Legitimacy’   

 

READING GROUP: Degrowth and the Global South (Melbourne)

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READING GROUP ON DEGROWTH AND THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Convened by Sam Alexander and Boris Frankel of MSSI Political Economy of Sustainability Group
 
Wednesday 23 August 2017 at 12.30.
 
Dean’s Boardroom, Level 1, of the Melbourne School of Design, Building 133.
 
Chair: Jeremy Baskin
Presenter: Elise Klein
Followed by Group discussion
 
De-growth and related discussions in the global North often shy away from the implications for ’poorer’ countries of the arguments made. As Tim Jackson put it in the first edition of his Prosperity without Growth? book: ‘this report challenges the assumption of continued economic expansion in rich countries’. And yet a related debate has been occurring in the global South, where existing development models have been found wanting. ‘Post-development’ thinking (sometimes other labels are used) is based on a critical understanding of development, both in its effects and in the imposition of ‘universal’ models of well-being and human-nature relations which are at odds with many established traditions. In the discussion we hope to explore post-development thinking and its relationship to post-growth approaches. The two readings provide an introduction by two of its leading thinkers.
 
THE READINGS
 
Escobar, A. (2015). Degrowth, postdevelopment, and transitions: a preliminary conversation. Sustainability Science, 10(3), 451-462.
 
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BOOK LAUNCH: Native Colonialism: Education and the Economy of Violence Against Traditions in Ethiopia by Dr Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes

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Native Colonialism: Education and the Economy of Violence Against Traditions in Ethiopia
by Dr Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes

Book launch and discussion

21 July 2017

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Victoria University MetroWest

138 Nicholson Street, Footscray University Town

Native Colonialism: Education and the Economy of Violence Against Traditions in Ethiopia examines the cause and consequence of native colonialism, the process whereby a country colonises itself with foreign institutions and ideals.  Taking Ethiopia as its case study, it asks, why did a country that was never colonised replace its government, legal system and educational institutions with foreign imitations?  How did it come to have a European language as its medium of higher education and why was the rich philosophy, literature and history of the country replaced by western knowledge? What is the impact of this process in the identities and daily lives of contemporary Ethiopian students?

The book demonstrates that colonialism is not just a geographically delineated notion that applies only to the control of racialised beings whose territories and natural resources are occupied by foreign powers. It also involves the colonisation of mental spaces whereby the application of selected epistemic rules influence the consciousness of individuals to accept unjust economic and social relationships as natural and inevitable. Native colonialism challenges common assumptions about education and knowledge production by questioning the relevance of a globalised education system to the interests and rights of diverse lives in the 21st century.

Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes is a researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Australia. Yirga taught law and worked with grassroots organisations in Ethiopia before completing his Doctorate in Australia. Yirga’s research focuses on the critical study of development, education and law, and the importance of lived experience and epistemic diversity for decolonial futures. His teaching practice is informed by his research on how to teach human rights from the perspective of diverse epistemologies, cultures and religions. He also researches African experiences and Ethiopian traditions, and writes creatively on belonging and diasporic lives.

EVENT: Keywords for India: Land

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Keywords for India: Land

Thursday 20 July, 2017

6pm – 7pm

YHM Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston Street

University of Melbourne

Land is many things to different people. In India, as elsewhere, it is sacred, bestows status, provides family inheritance, a source of livelihood, a store of value, and an asset that earns rents as well as profits. In this keyword lecture of the Australia India InstituteAnthony D’Costa and Achin Chakraborty collaboratively offer another interpretation of land, namely, its commodification and the resulting political, legal, and sometimes violent contestations involving the state, landowners, corporations, and communities. Based on their recently published book “The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition” they present trends in land use pattern and economic conditions of farmers to show how an unresolved agrarian question and the state’s resolve in transforming the economy is creating a process of dispossession that challenges our very conception of capitalist development as we know it.

 

BOOK LAUNCH: Acoustic Jurisprudence: Listening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi by James E K Parker

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Join IILAH and Liquid Architecture in a belated celebration of the release of
Acoustic Jurisprudence: Listening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi
By James E K Parker
Launched in conversation with James by Professor Sundhya Pahuja and Joel Stern
with 30% discount available

Thursday 13 July 2017
5.00 – 6.30pm
Common Room, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street 3010 Victoria

Acoustic Jurisprudence explores the trial of Simon Bikindi, who was accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda of inciting genocide with his songs. The book develops two main threads: one substantive, the other methodoligical. Substantively, it is the first detailed study of a trial of considerable legal, historical and musicological importance, both to Rwandans and to the wider international community. Methodologically, the book examines a dimension of legal thought and practice that is scarcely ever remarked upon. Sound is a condition of the administration of justice, and yet as a community of jurists we have become deaf to law and to the problem of the acoustic. The book argues therefore for a specifically acoustic jurisprudence, an orientation towards law and the practice of judgment attuned to questions of sound and listening.

Dr James Parker is a senior lecturer at Melbourne Law School, where he is also director of the research program ‘Law, Sound and the International’ at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities.