Monday 12 September
13:15-13:45 Inauguration of the conference, attended by Charlotte Watts (Chief Scientific Adviser, DfID), South Schools, Examination Schools
17:45-19:00 Development and Change Annual Lecture (Opening Keynote), South Schools, Examination Schools
Professor Tania Li (University of Toronto)
After development: surplus population and the politics of entitlement
Sponsored by Development and Change
The development narrative which anticipates that all nations will eventually follow the transition path of the global north (from farm to factory, from low to high productivity) is increasingly problematic. In the global north and south alike, a great many people find their labour 'surplus' to the requirements of capital. If not through their work, how will such people gain a share of global wealth? The politics of entitlement – who will become entitled, on what grounds, and who will be abandoned – is the critical frontline of policy, research and mobilization today.
Tania Murray Li teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy and Culture of Asia. Her work concerns land, labour, development, community, class, and indigeneity with a particular focus on Indonesia.
Her books include Land's End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University Press, 2014), Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (with Derek Hall and Philip Hirsch, NUS Press, 2011), and The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics (Duke University Press, 2007).
Recent articles are To Make Live or Let Die? Rural Dispossession and the Protection of Surplus Populations Antipode 41 (s1):63-93 (2009); Indigeneity, Capitalism, and the Management of Dispossession, Current Anthropology 51 (3):385-414 (2010); Centering Labour in the Land Grab Debate, Journal of Peasant Studies 38 (2):281-298 (2011); Involution's dynamic others, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 20 (2):276-292 (2013); Can there be Food Sovereignty Here? Journal of Peasant Studies 42 (1):205-211 (2014); Fixing Non-market Subjects: Governing Land and Population in the Global South, Foucault Studies 18:34-48 (2014); What is Land? Assembling a Resource for Global Investment, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 39 (4):589-602 (2014); Transnational Farmland Investment: A Risky Business. Journal of Agrarian Change 15 (4):560-568 (2015).
Her current writing project concerns the social and political impacts of oil palm in Indonesia, drawing on primary research in West Kalimantan and situating current patterns in relation to colonial histories of plantation agriculture in Indonesia and beyond. This work in being conducted in collaboration with faculty and students at Indonesia's Gadjah Mada university.
The DSA and OUP invites delegates to celebrate the launching of their new book series. Learn more
The DSA book series on Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research and Practice in International Development Studies, is published by Oxford University Press. The series profiles research monographs that will shape the theory, practice, and teaching of international development for a new generation of scholars, students, and practitioners. Read more here.
Shortly after the opening keynote, delegates who have pre-purchased a dinner ticket(s) with their registration, should take the 15-minute walk to St Anthony's for dinner. Those attending can continue their discussions over a three-course meal with wine.
Tuesday 13 September
This is an opportunity to meet other development studies students, so grab your lunch bag from the food distribution points and then come along to meet others, before the publication strategies meeting in the room next door.
Senior members of the DSA and representatives of publishers will hold a session discussing effective strategies for publication. This is aimed particularly at more junior colleagues. Learn more
More information will follow.
17:45-19:15 Oxford Development Studies Annual Lecture (Second Keynote), South Schools, Examination Schools
Professor James A. Robinson (University of Chicago)
Paths of State Building
Sponsored by the journal Oxford Development Studies
This talk discusses the circumstances under which 'inclusive political institutions' emerge - a combination of centralized states with capacity and a broad distribution of political power in society. The critical issue is how society and state interact. Inclusive political institutions emerge in a basin of attraction where both dimensions of inclusion are balanced and push each other. Outside of the basin, where the state dominates society or vice versa, the dynamics lead away from inclusive institutions. I develop a formal model of these dynamics and use it to discuss historical examples and cross-national evidence. The findings are inconsistent with much of the perceived wisdom about "sequencing" and other strategies of institution building.
James A. Robinson is a University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He was formerly the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government at Harvard University. He studied economics at the London School of Economics, the University of Warwick and Yale University. He previously taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne, the University of Southern California and before moving to Harvard was a Professor in the Departments of Economics and Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His main research interests are in comparative economic and political development with a focus on the long-run with a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently conducting research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti and in Colombia where he has taught for many years during the summer at the University of the Andes in Bogotá. With Daron Acemoglu, he is the author of Why Nations Fail: The origins of power, prosperity and poverty and Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy.
Immediately following the second keynote, we invite delegates to join us for an informal drinks reception. Catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues over drinks and nibbles.
Wednesday 14 September
All members of the association are invited, indeed encouraged, to attend the annual general meeting of the association.
This panel session examines the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. It also explores what the Development Studies community could do to ensure that Brmainnewsexit does not weaken the positive contribution that the UK can make to the achievement of development goals in the future (directly and in collaboration with other nations). All participants in this closing session are encouraged to think in advance about:
(i) What will be the major impacts of the UK leaving the EU?
(ii) What can researchers, teachers, policy analysts and activists do to help ensure the UK can contribute to social progress across the world?
Chaired by David Hulme (DSA President) this will include: Alice Evans (Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Cambridge), Nick Dearden (Director, Global Justice Now), Duncan Green (Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam GB) and Simon Maxwell (Past President of DSA and former Director ODI).
After a short introduction each panelist will talk for 5-7 minutes on ‘what’ they think the main implications of Brexit will be for the UK’s role in international development and ‘what’ the Development Studies community could do to achieve better outcomes. There will then be an extended period of comments/contributions from the floor followed by summary responses/final thoughts from the panellists and the chair will sum up. The objective of this session is to help DSA members think through ‘what can I do to make Brexit less damaging/more beneficial for social justice across the world’?