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We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issues

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What is Development Studies

What is development studies, why it matters, how you can study and career prospects

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We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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Our conference this year is themed "Unsettling Development"

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Our book series with OUP and our relationship with other publishers

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North-South Research

A series of workshops exploring North-South interdisciplinary research with key messages and reports

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Social & networking events

28 June – 2 July 2021: Online Conference at UEA

Unsettling Development

COVID19, climate change, populism, demands for racial justice and the rise of new powers are among the themes that will be explored.

Networking event – DSA Bookclub

Monday, 28 June, 12:15 – 13:15

What work of fiction has most influenced you?  Is it a play, a poem, a novel, a comic book?  How does it shape your thinking about international development?

This networking event is organised with a literary theme to help break the ice and get the conversation going. With the help of a facilitator we will get the chance to meet a range of colleagues for the first time. We will also get the chance to use literature to deepen connections and meet others through a virtual book club.

Moderator: Ben Jones/Laura Camfield


Conference social event: Denys Lasdun’s House of Games

Monday, 28 June, 18:00 – 19:00

Delegates are invited to join in the House of Games social event, a fun way to get to know others and share a virtual drink with one another!

Denys Lasdun created UEA’s campus. It is an extraordinary piece of work by the postwar British architect. Inspired by his commitment to universal, challenging spaces, and a good amount of concrete we have put together a quiz like no other. We will be organised into teams, there will be activities, and spaces for political critique. There will even a chance to show off your knowledge of one of the finest medieval cities in Northern Europe, the storied home of Alan Partridge, and birthplace of the foundational sociologist Harriet Martineau.


Networking with DSA President Sam Hickey

Tuesday, 29 June, 12:15 – 13:15

DSA President Sam Hickey will introduce this networking event to attendees. With similarities to a speed dating format, during this session you can join a virtual networking table and meet other delegates at random. Each networking session is just a few minutes long and you will have the chance to meet 3 other delegates at your table. During that time you can have a brief video chat with the others, swap details if you wish and then when the time runs out, you will be automatically reallocated to another ‘table’ with 3 different delegates in the following short session. This continues for the full hour. You can of course enter or leave whenever you like but over 1 hour you have the chance to meet 30-40 other delegates! Do come along and give it a try!

It will be very straightforward but if you would like, you can read more about how the networking tables in Whova work beforehand.


Decolonisation themed Zoterothon to collectively generate a bibliography

Wednesday, 30 June, 14:30 – 16:00

Hands-on exploration of how the popular Zotero referencing tool can be used to create an open and collaborative online bibliography to support decolonisation.

Moderating: Grant Young/Laura Camfield


Film screening: Children of the Sea

Wednesday, 30 June, 18:00 – 20:00

Introduced by Rayna Denison who is a Senior Lecturer at UEA specializing in Asian media cultures who authored Anime: A Critical Introduction (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Children of the SeaYoung Ruka and her supernaturally gifted friends go on a magical adventure under the sea, in this gorgeous anime adaptation of Daisuke Igarashi’s manga of the same name.

When Ruka is suspended from her school handball team, she decides to visit her father, who works at an aquarium. She soon meets and befriends Umi, a boy who seems at one with the ocean and has the ability to communicate with sea creatures. She also meets his older brother, the sickly and haughty Sora. Together they notice a song of the sea that’s luring all types of sea creatures away from their natural habitats. And Ruka discovers that her affinity with the sea is far greater than she imagined. Director Ayumu Watanabe (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Dinosaur) has crafted a film of great beauty, depicting a magical seascape setting for this fantastic adventure. Selected for the Contrechamp Competition at the prestigious Annecy Festival.

Directed by Ayumu Watanabe  2019  Japan  110 minutes; All Ages


Talk: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at University of East Anglia

Thursday, 1 July, 18:00 – 19:30

Moderator: Kay Dunton 

The Sainsbury Centre collection represents some of the most remarkable works of art assembled in the UK. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury donated their art collection to the University of East Anglia in 1973 but continued to donate artworks in their lifetime. Featuring pieces spanning 5,000 years of human creativity, the collection is perhaps best known for its remarkable works by artists such as Henry Moore, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti.