SA Development Studies Association Bi-annual Conference 2013
Date: 5-6 September 2013 (AN APPLICATION FORM WILL BE POSTED SOON)
Second call for papers
The SADSA conference will take place on 5 and 6 September 2013 at the University of Johannesburg. More information about the venue and accommodation will follow.
Theme: the crisis of development in Southern Africa
Why should we characterize development in Southern Africa as a crisis? An election under a new constitution seems imminent in Zimbabwe; South Africa has joined BRICS and has stable conditions of government; African economies in general are growing fast, albeit from a low base. South Africa has a forward-looking, optimistic National Development Plan, which enjoys widespread support across society. For many in government and the development sector business is as usual. Problems, yes; crisis no.
Yet we are subject to the crisis of global markets; there is brutal war for resources in the DRC, and while inequality grows, so does a mass of people who do not feel served by current political economies. This mass consists of landless, unemployed, poorly-certificated, undocumented and stateless and those suffering from HIV and/or AIDS and TB, living in broken down, violent and women-abusing non-communities. Military-political hegemony in Angola and Zimbabwe has sidelined citizenry.
In South Africa, protests have multiplied. There are unsolved crises of governance and management in particular ministries (health, safety and security and education for example) and crises of policy such as land reform); but there are also capacity problems in the civil service as a whole; and the ANC has differentiated into a polyvalent force that may not back all the steps that must be taken towards an effective, developmental state.
Conventional development does not adequately deal with these problems, either in theory or practice. Further, some recent theory has confused and problematized development as an aim. This includes neoliberal non-thought and new decolonial and neo-Marxist critiques of the very discourse of development. There are also other new stands of thinking in research institutes such as PARI and MISTRA, in communities of practice and in specific research projects in universities.
Abstracts of between 250 – 350 words should be submitted by 30 April 2013 to Prof Johannes Tsheola at Johannes.Tsheola@ul.ac.za The abstract should identify the title, indicate which sub-theme it is linked to and briefly discuss the purpose of the research, principal results and major conclusions.
Papers read at the Conference will be subjected to double-blind peer review for the purposes of producing subsidy-earning Conference Proceedings; and, there is a possibility that papers of high quality would be published in a special thematic issue of Africanus: Journal of Development Studies, in accordance with the prescribed journal editorial policy.
Submit abstract: 30 April 2013