Call for proposals


‘Development’ amidst the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond: Where do we go from here?

Since 2020, ‘development’ studies and practice have turned their attention to addressing the numerous local and global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to these impacts,  many governments have implemented unprecedented public policy changes: states of emergency, lockdowns and movement restrictions, temporary income and basic needs supports, subsidies for businesses, and investments in health. And yet, despite the enormous upheavals presented by the virus and the global responses to it, one could argue that much remains the same.

Notwithstanding global calls to ‘leave no one behind’ and ‘build back better’, the inequity of responses within and between countries has been extreme. There is also overwhelming evidence to indicate that existing injustices on the basis of nationality, class, race, Indigeneity, gender, ability and more have intensified during the pandemic. In particular, we have witnessed the negative impacts of border closures, mass turning away of migrants and refugees, vaccine hoarding and elite-first distribution, and a prioritization of production and extraction over worker and community safety. Furthermore, public investments to address the impacts of COVID-19 have largely been channeled through the private sector, providing new opportunities for ‘big’ business while undermining global public goods. Pharmaceutical companies profiting from mass global demand for vaccines while maintaining patents despite benefiting from public funding and research is one prominent example.

Beyond this, we find ourselves in a web of several interconnected crises of which COVID-19 is only one node. Climate change, capital accumulation, and social oppression in its various forms are all crises in desperate need of action now and beyond the pandemic. However, times of crisis can present opportunities for change. In addition to state responses, we have seen an uprising in social movements and other actors fighting for change. We welcome the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2022 theme of ‘Transitions’ in thinking about the role that ‘development’ can and should play to help us break from these crises and work towards global justice. In contemplating this future, we ask: Where do we go from here?

Call for Proposals

In light of this context, CASID invites proposals that address any of these issues from a range of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives, as well as general submissions. 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 on Turtle Island and globally, Black people and people of colour, and other marginalized groups.

Proposals may address questions such as:

  • How have the pandemic and responses to it impacted 'development' studies and practice as well as people’s lives more broadly?
  • What can we learn from the COVID-19 crisis that might help us to both reimagine and work towards global justice?
  • What alternatives can/should/will we advocate in pursuit of global solidarities, decolonization, equity and, indeed, ‘development’?
  • What does the future of 'development' studies and practice look like in a post-pandemic world and how can the colonial heritage of 'development' be transformed?
  • What processes and/or tools can we use on larger and smaller scales to support such transitions and transformation?
  • What conversations, actions, structures, and people are being obscured by the overwhelming attention paid to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Stemming from these questions, proposals may consider the following topic areas:

  • ‘Development’ and the pandemic
    • Impacts of the pandemic on global health, education, labour, gender justice, care, the economy, agriculture, or other sectors
    • Alternative social and economic solutions during the pandemic
    • Non-governmental and international organizations in transition
  • Colonialism, imperialism, and decolonization
  • Economic development and workers
  • Climate change, environmental justice
  • Agriculture and extraction
  • Rights, social movements, conflict, protest, especially in the context of a pandemic and/or other crises
  • International solidarities, liberation and abolition
  • Governance and the state
  • Social relations of oppression – race, class, gender, ability status, etc.
  • 'Development' theory and practice

CASID is also open to proposals that address the conference theme through other ‘big’ questions and topics.

Conference Format

CASID 2022 is a fully online conference. For individuals who are concerned about time zone differences or internet connectivity, the option for pre-recording presentations will be made available.

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 intellectual 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: proposals are invited for workshops. The workshop proposal should 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.

Instructions for Submission

The deadline to receive submissions has been extended to 28 January 2022.

Submissions will be accepted on the electronic conference submission system only. Emailed 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 2022 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and CASID 2022 conference registration fees.

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