Although it is still a bit more than a month to go, we are happy to announce our very first virtual dialogue in French language on 18 May: « Entre terrain de jeux géostratégiques et aspiration à maitriser son développement: quel futur pour l’Amérique centrale? ». We can also inform you that the early bird registration deadline for the EADI-ISS Conference #Solidarity2021 has been extended to 2 May, and our latest blog post reflects on the discipline of Area Studies and how it is often regarded as inferior to other disciplines. Today’s publication picks are all around climate change, and, as always, the collection of vacancies, calls, online offers, and blogs can be found at the very bottom.
From our Blog: Area Studies Must Be Decolonised
« The discipline’s existence reflects an enduring Western belief in the inferiority of knowledge production specific to different cultures » writes David Simon in our latest blog post. « Recognising and labelling research specifically about Europe or North America as European or North American studies respectively might enable us superficially to regard that particular playing field as having been levelled. However, that would not address the deeper problem of how area studies is often regarded as inferior: an esoteric minority interest in relation to the supposed disciplinary “mainstream”, where theoretical and conceptual innovation are held to take place. » Read the post
EADI-ISS Conference: Early Bird Fee Extended to 2 May
We are pleased to inform you that the early bird registration fee for our flagship event, the EADI-ISS Conference « Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice », taking place online 5-8 July 2021, has been extended to 2 May. Apart from academic panel sessions, the conference will feature exciting social and networking sessions. Reduced fees are offered for PhD researchers, students, and ISS alumni. Register now!
Alternative Ways to Women’s Empowerment in Palestine
Don’t miss our second distinguished guest lecture on 21 April, 11.00 CET: Eileen Kuttab from Birzeit University will talk about « Colonialization, Neo-Liberalization and Patriarchy: Palestinian Women’s Search for an Alternative Approach to Economic and Social Empowerment ». She will explore how and why women were disempowered in the Palestinian labour market, and how their role in the national economy was affected. Read more and register
EJDR: Latest Open Access Articles
Our Journal, the European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) has four new open access articles:
News from EADI Working Groups: Social Protection Brief
Our Working Group on Social Protection has published a comprehensive new Social Protection Brief with summaries of and links to nine new publications, as well as a free online course on social protection and the announcement of a new discussion group. Read the brief
Featured EADI Member: GIGA
The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) conducts social-science research with real-world relevance on Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and on global developments. The institute is committed to a global approach to scholarship, which works with perspectives, concepts, and experiences from different world regions. Its latest activities are:
Confronting Colonialism in Germany: Are We Doing Enough?
Germany is renowned for laying the ground rules for what became known as the “scramble for Africa” in 1885. This GIGA Forum on 21 April will look back on Germany’s colonial past, critically evaluate the colonial discourse, its implications for society, and the role of Social Science in confronting colonialism in Germany.Read more and register
The Arab uprisings and the return of repression
This paper advocates comprehensive research on the risen levels of repression that can be observed across the region and reflect a diversity of repressive trends. It reviews recent literature that tackles various dimensions of repression in Arab autocracies and reflects on how repression affects the possibility of doing research and how the proposed dimensions of repression can be investigated. Read the paper
Highlight: Post-COVID: New Role for EU-Africa Partnership
A new multilateralism for the post-COVID world: What role for the EU-Africa partnership?
Multilateralism has been in trouble for a while, particularly at the global level. Yet, the European Union (EU) and its member states have remained among its staunchest supporters. In their June 2019 Council Conclusions, EU leaders drew the outlines of a common European vision to uphold, extend and reform the multilateral system. Against an increasingly complex and contested geopolitical backdrop, these goals were further developed in the recent EU Communication on Multilateralism, published in February 2021. Read thelatest publication by the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG)
Thematic Focus: Climate
.Assessing the Adequacy of the Global Response to the Paris Agreement: Toward a Full Appraisal of Climate Ambition and Action
2021/03 – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI); Earth System Governance; Author(s): Marta Torres Gunfaus, Henri Waisman
Climate Ambition and Sustainable Development for a New Decade: A Catalytic Framework
2021/04 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Global Policy; Author(s): Sander Chan, Idil Boran et al
Earth’s Future. Identifying a Safe and Just Corridor for People and the Planet
2021/04 – Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR); Advancing Earth and Space Science; Author(s): Johan Rockström, Joyeeta Gupta et al.
Predictors of Access to and Willingness to Pay for Climate Information Services in North-Eastern Ghana: A Gendered Perspective
2021/04 – Sustainability Research Institute; Environmental Development 37; Author(s): Philip Antwi-Agye et al.
Data Privacy and Residential Smart Meters: Comparative Analysis and Harmonization Potential
2021/03 – Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, University of Twente (CSTM); Utilities Policy; Author(s): Dasom Lee, David J. Hess
Covid-19 and Research in Conflict-Affected Contexts: Distanced Methods and the Digitalisation of Suffering
2021/04 – King’s International Development Institute (IDI); Qualitative Research; Author(s): David Mwambari, Andrea Purdeková, Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka
The Sustainability of the Portuguese Prison System: A Criminal Justice System in Masculine Form?
2021/01 – Centro de Administração e Políticas Públicas (CAPP); Social Sciences; Author(s): Sandra Patrícia Marques Pereira, Pedro Miguel Alves Ribeiro Correia
Thinking Through the Crises #4 | Feminist Self-Defence Against Violence. A Vital Critique of Neoliberalism as a Regime of Death
22 April, 15.30 CET; Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR)