The central theme of the conference is “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. Together, these three concepts represent our aspirations for approaches to global development that do not increase inequality, poverty, political marginalization and/or climate change. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.
Discussing these themes in The Hague is particularly significant given that it profiles itself as the Global City of Peace and Justice. Indeed, The Hague has played a central role in global peace building via the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013). We aim to actively involve these international institutions – as well as many other professional organizations and NGOs in the field of peace and justice – in our debates via key note speakers in plenaries and special visits to these institutions during the conference. As conference organizers we are very proud that The Hague is the host city.
EADI and ISS are planning to use a variety of innovative conference formats to enable participants to exchange ideas and engage in active discussions. These include special panels between practitioners and academics as well as a high number of participants from the Global South. By combining the conference with the PhD network of the Development Dialogue we will also try to provide more space for early career scholars. In addition, we will follow the EADI principle of ’local, organic, and fair’ in the conference logistics.
We look forward to an exciting and inspiring gathering of development researchers and practitioners from all over the world. We would like to invite conference participants to reflect on any aspect of solidarity, peace, and social justice in their panels and papers. How can we give new meanings to solidarity in a period of growing distrust between and within nations and amongst people? How can we, as development scholars and practitioners, contribute to peace and social justice in our work? And how can we find new understandings and/or explanations to the concept of ‘development’, without simply adding new adjectives?
Source: News EADI e.V., 13.12.2018