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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 09:29 / Last updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 09:30

The CASID 2020 Conference will take place on 2 – 4 June 2020 at Western University in London, Ontario. 

Building on the theme of the 2020 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, ‘Bridging Divides’, the CASID 2020 Conference theme is:

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

Globally, 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 marginalized groups and Indigenous Peoples to land and to fundamental human rights such as health, education, and water remain 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 contested nature of ‘development’ itself. It challenges ‘development’, its institutions and processes, to act as a bridge between extremes within and across societies, and to act for decolonization and justice. 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 provides a much-needed open space to address these challenges with nuance, rigour, and empathy looking ahead to 2030.

The conference call for proposals will be announced in early October.

Looking forward to seeing you in London!

Prachi Srivastava
CASID 2020 Conference Organizer 
Associate Professor (Education and International Development)
Western University   

Adrian Murray
CASID 2020 Conference Organizer
PhD Candidate
School of International Development and Global Studies
University of Ottawa