Development Studies Association Annual Conference 2018

Venue: The University of Manchester

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The DSA's annual conference in 2018 will take place at the University of Manchester at an earlier date than the past couple of years. The conference will focus centrally on Global Inequalities, while also encompassing the broad range of development studies interests. Click here for the DSA2018 Concept Note.

The event marks 40 years of the DSA and 60 years of Development Studies at the University of Manchester and will attract over 400 participants from the Development Studies community for three days of different session formats (panels, workshops, roundtables), keynotes, study group business meetings and social events.

Call for panels and workshops
Deadline: 15 January 2018

DSA2018 invites proposals for panels and workshops that engage critically with these and other dimensions of global inequalities. To have a real impact in this live area of debate, we aim to draw in colleagues from other disciplines so please share this call with your networks beyond development studies. We also encourage different types of sessions at this year’s conference, including those that focus explicitly on strategic issues of policy and practice. We therefore encourage proposals for different kinds of format as appropriate:

Paper panels: these panels will involve sessions that are based around 3-4 papers, perhaps with a discussant. To promote the highest levels of intellectual exchange, we are looking for convenors who can commit to liaising closely with paper-givers in advance of the conference, with a view to securing high-quality papers. This may involve the submission of papers in advance, perhaps incentivised by a post-conference publication plan. Paper panels may of course address issues of policy and practice, whilst also making an intellectual and substantive contribution.

Policy and practice panels: these panels will focus directly on the practical challenges of working on global inequalities. Activists, policy actors, communication and advocacy professionals, practitioners and researchers are all encouraged to submit in non-standard formats, including those that may promote more experiential learning. Sessions which advance reflexive professional practice are also welcome.

Roundtables, debate and conversation panels: these panels can adopt various formats to achieve the purpose of fostering a high-quality exchange of ideas around how to understand and/or challenge global inequalities.

Early career researchers plenary panel: DSA2018 will feature a lunchtime plenary session for early career researchers to showcase their thoughts on how research agendas in specific fields of development theory and practice can be moved forward. Those interested in participating will be invited to submit abstracts alongside the call for papers in late January 2018. Early career researchers are defined as those within five years of completing their PhD.

DSA2018 will also feature a number of sessions to support postgraduate and early career researchers, including on ‘getting published’ and the use of social media to enhance your research profile.

Further information on calls for proposals is available on the Developmental Studies Association website.