Call for proposals


Re-imagining ‘Development’: Reckonings, Resurgences and Reparations

We welcome the Congress 2023 theme ‘Reckonings and Re-Imaginings’, which echoes CASID’s ongoing focus on struggles for social justice (including racial justice), decolonization, and planetary survival in the context of concurrent crises: a persistent pandemic, climate emergency, intensifying economic uncertainty and proliferating conflict. 'Development' studies, therefore, emerges at the centre of the interdisciplinary justice-oriented research which Congress seeks to foreground, but simultaneously remains in urgent need of critical transformation itself.

The CASID 2023 Conference challenges scholars and practitioners to re-imagine ‘development’ and our collective futures to realize a radically different world. CASID 2023 offers us an opportunity to reckon with the field’s harmful legacy and contemporary challenges, to consider what constitutes meaningful repair, to ground our interventions in and draw wisdom and inspiration from the resurgence of historical and contemporary struggles for justice, and to contemplate possibilities for collective liberation. 

We invite CASID 2023 participants to uncover buried histories, engage with any of the many local and global movements for justice, and reconsider our role as researchers, educators, and practitioners in resisting oppressive and exploitative structures in which our work is implicated. What does the future of 'development' studies and practice, which to date has been marked by extreme eurocentrism and sustained market fundamentalism, look like in a time of overlapping planetary threats? What is the role of 'development' scholars in engaging with new internationalisms and mainstream foreign policy debates around the world? We look forward to gathering for these critical conversations, among others, at CASID 2023.

Call for Proposals

In light of this broad thematic 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 especially welcome submissions that address ‘development’ from the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples on Turtle Island and globally, Black people and people of colour, and other oppressed and repressed groups in the global South and North.

Proposals may address questions such as:

  • How have the responses to the pandemic, climate-related disasters, conflict, and other emergencies impacted 'global development' scholarship and practice in the global South and North? 
  • What can we learn from responses to the COVID-19 crisis that might help us to both reimagine and work towards global justice?
  • How can decolonial agendas of social, political, and environmental justice–reparations for colonialism and slavery as just one example–be productively embedded in the field of global development marked by its colonial legacy?
  • How are degrowth and sustainable growth debates impacting emerging visions of ‘development’?
  • How can 'development' studies support alternatives deployed in pursuit of social justice, decolonization, equity and transnational solidarity? 

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

  • ‘Development’ in times of the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on global health, education, labour, gender, ‘race’, disability, care, the ‘economy,’ agriculture, or other sectors
    • Economic and social policy responses to COVID-19, struggles over them, their limitations, and alternatives, at various scales
    • Shadow pandemics of gender-based violence and limitations of access to sexual and reproductive health and rights 
  • Overlapping public health crises in low-income and conflict-affected contexts
  • Mounting sovereign debt crisis across mid- and low-income countries
  • Crises of existing global governance models and the role of the state
  • Challenges to multilateral mechanisms such as international financial institutions, United Nations agencies, and the World Trade Organisation
  • Ideas that offer innovative, impactful and adaptable ways to create inclusive markets and private sector opportunities in the Global South
  • Theoretical and empirical examinations of colonialism, imperialism, and decolonization
  • Labour and economic development and crisis
  • Climate change, environmental justice
  • Energy and extraction
  • Agriculture and food insecurity
  • Rights, social movements, conflict, protest, especially in the context of the pandemic and/or other crises
  • International solidarities, liberation and abolition
  • Social relations of oppression – race, class, gender, ability, status, etc.

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

Conference Format

CASID 2023 is a hybrid, in-person and online conference. For those concerned about travel, time zone differences or internet connectivity, the option for live and pre-recorded virtual 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/discussant. We envision a maximum of 4 papers per session. Paper submissions should have an abstract of no more than 250 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. 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 (250 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.

Author Meets Critics sessions. We welcome roundtables or other discussion formats addressing recently published books or reports in the field. Proposals should include a description (300 words) listing the title of the published volume, its relevance for the debates in the field, and a list of participants including the author, a chair, and up to three ‘critics.’ Books published by early career scholars and/or critically examining development debates from interdisciplinary perspectives will be given priority. 

WorkshopsProposals 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 is 15 January 2023. 

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 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and CASID 2023 conference registration fees. 

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