The making and unmaking of development: de- and reconstructions
The Global Studies Research Seminar of 2020 is co-organised with the Governance in Conflict Network and will focus on ‘post-development’ as a burgeoning academic and societal debate. The development paradigm, rooted in colonial heritages, based on modernist notions of progress, and premised on unsustainable economic growth, has been subject to postcolonial academic and (grassroots) activist critiques almost as early as it was introduced in the 1950s. Presently, however, with the compounded effects of economic and climate crises, and the migration/refugee debate, the notion of ‘post-development’ is gaining wider currency, urging both academics and the development sector to explore alternatives to development. This seminar is part of a PhD research training programme and will introduce researchers to development critiques and the different strands of post-development thought and practice, including the degrowth paradigm proposed in the Global North, as well as decolonial perspectives and indigenous epistemologies from the Global South (e.g. post-extractivism and Buen Vivir in Latin America). Addressing key challenges such as debt, poverty, growing inequality and environmental degradation, the seminar will allow to bridge debates and initiatives in the Global North and South, so as to replace the unidirectional North-South development paradigm with an integrated critical global perspective.
The 2020 application round for the two-year Master program in Global Studies (EMGS) and the Erasmus Mundus grant is now open and we would like to encourage all suitable candidates to apply.
EMGS combines approaches from Global History, International Studies, as well as Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Social Sciences and other disciplines. It is an interdisciplinary, research-based programme offered by a Consortium of six European universities: Ghent University (Belgium), Leipzig University (Germany), the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), Roskilde University (Denmark), the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of Wroclaw (Poland), in partnership with nine leading non-European universities in the field of Global Studies: Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Dalhousie University (Canada), Fudan University (China), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), Macquarie University (Australia), Otago University (New Zealand), University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon).
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2020 for all applicants who want to be taken into consideration for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship and for admission to the programme, which starts in fall 2020.
Further information on the programme is to be found under: www.globalstudies-masters.info as well as under: https://www.facebook.com/europeanmasterglobalstudies/ The direct link to the application website is: http://gesi.sozphil.uni-leipzig.de/joint-projects/emgs/application/ Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Konstanze Klemm for any question related to the application process: firstname.lastname@example.org