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The DSA’s annual conference in 2021 took place online, organised and hosted by the University of East Anglia. The conference was focusing centrally on “Unsettling Development”, while also encompassing the broad range of development studies interests.
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Laura Camfield & Ben Jones, School of International Development, UEA
DSA 2021 focused on the theme of unsettling development. By this we mean the multiple pressures that are reshaping how we think, study and effect progressive social change. COVID19, climate change, populism, demands for racial justice and the rise of new powers were among the themes that were explored. The conference created a space to do this by bringing in new forms of knowledge and generating new centres of debate. The proposed conversation between the social sciences and the humanities enables a powerful reimagining of the future, while continuing to critically reflect on ongoing practices of marginalisation and adverse incorporation. We are committed to using the possibilities of new technologies throughout the conference to open sites of interaction, participation and engagement.
A central theme of the conference was to explore how the work of those outside our field, including novelists and social historians, can help us unsettle our assumptions. For this reason DSA 2021 was in partnership with colleagues in the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Art and the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Series of conversations was organised with unsettling voices, including award-winning writers, activists and thinkers. Alongside paper presentations there were a series of workshops, bookclubs, and panel discussions, using new methodologies to create imaginative spaces across different time zones.
Recognising the challenges described above, and the importance of bringing decolonial and anti-racist analyses to bear on these, DSA 2021 was looking at creative responses to:
The organising committee prioritised submissions for panels on these themes whilst also welcoming panels on the broad range of subjects of interest to DSA members.