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DSA Annual Conference 2013 - Call for Panel Proposals and Abstracts

February 15, 2013

We are now inviting Proposals for Panels and Abstracts of Papers from those wishing to participate in this year's DSA Conference. More details can be found at where the submission form can be downloaded.

The DSA Annual Conference 2013 will take place on Saturday 16th November and will be co-hosted by the University of Birmingham’s International Development Department who are also be celebrating their 50th Anniversary. It will take the form of a one day Conference with an open call for panels and papers, reflecting a more democratic process of bringing together current research and thinking on development related issues.

The International Development Department is delighted to be hosting the DSA conference on the eve of its 50th anniversary in January 2014. As IDD marks this anniversary, many other development studies departments in the UK have also, or are about to, celebrate similar anniversaries. It is hoped that you’ll join us in marking this occasion by coming along to the key note address on Friday 15th November and for dinner after that. The conference provides a further occasion as we consider post-2015 deliberations to reflect on the direction and contribution of the UK development studies sector to international development theory and practice. Attendance is free for this Keynote Lecture but there will be a charge for dinner and you will need to arrange your own accommodation if you are staying on for the DSA Conference on Saturday.

Whilst the Conference is based on an open call for papers, we expect that DSA Colleagues and Panel Convenors will bring forward new ideas which may:

  • Analyze the changing global context of development – including the weak global recovery, continuing differentiation of the South, new forms of international interdependence and patterns of vulnerability, new actors and development partnerships and blocked international multilateralism – and address its implications for international development cooperation and national development policy;
  • Link development thinking and practice with wider debates on economic crisis, climate change, sustainability transitions, inequality, human rights, social movements, democratization, security, technological change and new forms of governance;
  • Provide inputs for a post-2015 development agenda, including: assessing the process of formulating post-2015 development goals; lessons from MDG implementation; poverty, inequality and global justice; and the nature of sustainable development goals.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and seeing what exciting research is out there!

Very best wishes,


Frances Hill
Executive Director
Development Studies Association