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If we take decolonial and post-development critiques of the international development project seriously, how tenable is it to continue teaching International Development or Development Studies without fundamentally altering the way we conceive of it?

This symposium will convene a conversation about the structural, epistemological and institutional implications of recognising the coloniality of international development as currently conceived and practiced. We will explore the following questions:

  • In our teaching: what techniques are people employing to teach International Development or Development Studies differently? What are we preparing our students to do? What are the ethical limits of presenting them with all the inherent contradictions, the embedded colonialism in the civilising mission that continues to drive much of the whole system, yet still continue to tie their career prospects to participating in just that via the year abroad, placements, internship opportunities that we present them with during their degree? How do we create spaces for degrees that speak to international solidarity, social justice and change beyond or even against the existing aid industry?
  • In our institutions: given a situation in which International Development continues to be a recruitment magnet, what’s possible? What are the implications of the attractiveness of ID as a route into jobs in the development industry? How do we respond to the concerns of this generation of students with employability? What might we do to (continue to) attract students who have a passion for changing the world?
  • In our research: If structurally a lot of the knowledge generated and produced on the Global South is implicated in the control, influence and management logic of colonial structures, what are the implications of a decolonial move that seeks to cultivate knowledge radically differently and for different purposes?

All participants are invited to submit short written contributions (1-3,000 words) to decolonisesussex@gmail.com by the 27th of October. No matter how short or provisional - formulated as bullet points or prose, questions, anecdotes, testimonials or position papers - these contributions will form the basis for us to create an interactive symposium with a series of panels, workshops and plenaries.

For further information please contact Olivia Rutazibwa (olivia.rutazibwa@port.ac.uk) or Andrea Cornwall (a.cornwall@sussex.ac.uk).

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