Call For Proposals


Towards 2030: Challenging ‘Development’ to Bridge Extremes in an Age of Polarization

‘Development’ is a colonialist project. We cannot ignore its exploitative effects, including dispossession, enslavement, forced migration, and militarization, on Indigenous Peoples, Black people and people of colour, and other marginalized groups. CASID 2020 reflects on this and contemplates how we move forward as contemporary societies face increasingly polarized contexts – socio-economic, cultural, environmental, political. While there is great technological innovation and increased uptake of cleaner energies, the climate crisis has assumed foreboding urgency. Partnerships’ and citizen engagement platforms have proliferated, yet the claims of oppressed and dispossessed groups to land and to fundamental human rights such as health, education, and water continue to be contested. Never in human history have we had access to such a wide array of information sources and networks, yet we live in a ‘post-truth’ era. There is a marked rise of ethno-nationalism in some of the world’s largest and most influential democracies. 

CASID 2020 recognizes the problematic and contested nature of ‘development’ itself. It challenges ‘development’, its institutions and processes, to act for decolonization and justice with urgency. It questions whether ‘development’ can act as a bridge between extremes within and across societies. It calls to centre the expertise of people experiencing the deepest inequalities in order to redress the harms that ‘development’ may have, itself, perpetuated. In an age of polarization, CASID 2020 aims to provide a much-needed open and inclusive space to address these challenges with nuance, rigour, and empathy looking ahead to 2030.


Call for Proposals

CASID 2020 calls for proposals that address any of these issues from a range of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives. Proposals from scholars and practitioners and groups of scholar-practitioners are welcomed. We have a special interest in receiving submissions that address ‘development’ from the perspectives of, or working on issues closely affecting, Indigenous Peoples of Canada and globally, Black people and people of colour, and other marginalized groups. 

Proposals may address questions such as:

Are the implications of the commitment in the 2030 Agenda that ‘no one will be left behind’ compatible with a goal of decolonizing ‘development’? How do those aims manifest in different ‘development’ sectors, and what are the challenges for decolonization? How are polarizing discourses, ideologies, and practices experienced by the most vulnerable and marginalized? How do they affect claims and rights, and is there a space for transformative change?

What does it mean to commit to decolonization and justice as ‘ends’ of ‘development’? What are the different ways to understand decolonization? What are the implications for transforming how we think, study, and practice ‘development’? Is it possible to decolonize ‘development’?

In the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the Calls to Justice for All Canadians encourages becoming a ‘strong ally’ (National Inquiry, 2019, p. 199, Call 15.4). What does the call to become a ‘strong ally’ of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people in Canada and globally, demand of ‘development’ scholars, practitioners, activists and policy-makers? 

Can we decolonize ourselves as scholars, practitioners, activists, and practitioners, and how? How do we take responsibility and action, including to respect the leadership, knowledges and praxis of people at the centre of ‘development’?  


Submission Types

All submissions will be reviewed.

Standalone Papers: Single- or co-authored standalone papers will be assigned to a parallel session in the program. Parallel sessions will be assigned a chair. We envision a maximum of 4 papers per session. Paper submissions should have an abstract of no more than 300 words that highlights the main aim of the paper and key empirical findings or conceptual, paradigmatic, or methodological arguments. Empirical papers should also provide a short description of the research methods and/or datasets. Non-empirical papers should provide a summary of the key debates or context, literature, or antecedents to the argument being presented.

Panel or Roundtable: Panels of papers on a specific issue or theme or roundtable discussions should have no more than 4 papers or presenters to allow adequate time for presentation and discussion. We also invite proposals for roundtables on recently published books or reports. Proposals for panels should include a title and description of the panel theme and rationale (250-300 words), and include the names of presenters, titles, and short abstracts (150 words) for each paper. Proposals for roundtable discussions should include a title and description of the issue(s), theme, and aims (250-300 words), and list the panel presenters with a very short description of each presenter’s intended contribution to the discussion (50 words). All panel and roundtable proposals should also include the name and contact information of the lead organizer who will also act as chair.

Workshops: New to CASID 2020, proposals are invited for workshops. The workshop proposal should clearly identify a lead organizer(s) and, in case there are additional facilitators, state the names of the entire workshop team. Organizers should be mindful that workshops are intended to involve active participation from attendees and are not in lieu of roundtable discussions or paper presentations. Standard workshops will be given a 90-minute slot. Should organizers feel they require a double-slot (180-minutes), this may be accommodated if space in the program permits

Three categories of workshops are solicited:

Action for Change Workshop: Intended to promote scholar-practitioner engagement on a range of critical development issues to share strengths, problem-solve challenges, and plan collaborative actions with a view on considering action for change. Examples include: presenting and soliciting participation for advocacy strategies and campaigns; broader engagement on community and development programs; feedback on programmatic and policy initiatives; etc.

Research Workshop: Examples of workshops in this category include, but are not limited to: research and academic-related skills training for scholars (newer and established) and practitioners; presentation of research and evaluation tools for feedback; in-depth methodological considerations of community, research, and ‘development’ projects and programs; presentation of pilot projects and solicitation of commentary of future research design; etc.

Open Workshop: Proposals are welcome for workshops that fall outside of the other two categories. 

Pop-Up Poster Talks: New to CASID 2020, Pop-up Poster Talks are intended for presenters who wish to display their findings or initiatives in hard-copy visual form. Abstracts for empirical/research-oriented posters should include the main aim of the study, framing literature research design, empirical findings, and significance of the findings. Poster abstracts for policy or programmatic initiatives should include an overview of the initiative, its main aims, and the development issue, community, context as relevant. Posters will be allocated a space in the conference venue. Poster slots will be integrated in the program. Presenters will be required to be at the scheduled poster slots to present a pop-up talk during this time.  


Instructions for Submission

The deadline to receive submissions is 10 January 2020. 

Submissions will be accepted on the electronic conference submission system onlyEmailed submissions will not be considered. Please follow further instructions on the submission system.

If papers are accepted, all presenters will be required to become members of CASID and pay both the Congress 2020 and CASID 2020 conference registration fees. 

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