Latest news from SOAS
Find out what’s been happening this month at SOAS, including podcasts, documentaries and new publications.
Romina Istratii did an interview with the @_RE_Project, discussing how young professionals working in international development and students who are exploring a career in international development could navigate the current pandemic times. She spoke about the effects of the pandemic on the sector and shared thoughts on how the current pandemic has shifted Global North-South dynamics and could become an opportunity to subvert epistemological and material inequalities in international development. The interview can be heard as a podcast on Soundcloud.
On 9-10th June the Department hosted an online conference on Working in Development and Social Change, welcoming 23 speakers and with nearly 200 students participating over the course of the conference. The talks and discussions explored the practicalities and politics of work in development – in general and at this particular juncture. A student organising committee identified themes, reached out to speakers, and chaired the sessions online. Speakers from a wide range of organisations (including the United Nations, grassroots organisations, development consultancies and major NGOs) engaged in thematic discussions on work in humanitarianism, environment and migration, as well as discussions about research and advocacy experiences, networking and balancing life and work.
Feyzi Ismail was involved in a documentary on The Language of Protest: political demonstration in the age of Covid-19, along with Gary Younge and others.
- African Economic Development: Evidence, Theory, and Policy, edited by Christopher Cramer, John Sender, and Arkebe Oqubay and newly published by Oxford University Press, is now available to read for free at Oxford Scholarship Online.
- Zeynep Kaya’s Mapping Kurdistan:Territory, Self-Determination and Nationalism has been published by Cambridge University Press.
- The Centre for Humanitarian Action (Berlin) published a discussion paper authored by Marc Dubois: THE TRIPLE NEXUS – THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY FOR THE HUMANITARIAN PRINCIPLES?
- Alessandra Mezzadri’s book The Sweatshop Regime: Labouring Bodies, Exploitation, and Garments Made in India has been re-published in paperback by Cambridge University Press.
- Adrija Dey’s article Feminist activism 25 years after Beijing was published in Gender and Development
- Manish Maskara published the article Lockdown in India: Exodus as an expression of grievance in the magazine Routed.
- Alessandra Mezzadri wrote about the effects of the pandemic on the Developing Economics blog: A crisis like no other: social reproduction and the regeneration of capitalist life during the COVID-19 pandemic