Dear all,

At the FERA conference in Joensuu last week week had two interesting sessions within the thematic group on Global Education. Thank you so much for participating and for the interesting discussions!

I wrote a blog text on the conference, which you can read on the GERIF website:  The abstracts to the papers presented in our thematic group are found here:

All of you are also welcome to contribute with texts to the GERIF blog. The texts can concern, for instance, your own research, ongoing debates within global education or reflections on a lecture or publication. Instructions for writers are found here:

For information about upcoming conferences related to global education, see the descriptions below as well as the attachments.


Heidi Henriksson

Co-coordinator of the GERIF network


Development Days 2020 Conference
Inequality Revisited: In Search of Novel Perspectives on an Enduring Problem
26–28 February, 2020
House of Science and Letters
Helsinki, Finland

The problematique of inequality – or, inequalities, to recognise the multidimensionality and complexity of the problem – is re-emerging on the global agenda of development research. In recent decades, development scholars have focused more on the question of poverty. While poverty and inequality are interlinked, inequality is manifested also in many other ways – in structural, material, relational, institutional, geographical and technological terms, and through a variety of social, political, cultural, economic and other phenomena.
Importantly, current debates are critically reflecting on the fact that global inequalities are intimately connected to the history of slavery and Western colonialism, and are continuously shaped, reconstructed, maintained and reinforced by their new, neocolonial and neoliberal forms. There are, however, also some challenges. For instance, analyses of inequality often tend to revolve around neoclassical development economics and its variants, such as the human capability approach or ‘development as freedom’. While postcolonial and feminist approaches have widened the scope, more remains to be done. Further, the ‘economistic turn’ in inequality research has disproportionately focused on the global North, and has not managed to link the question of inequality to the clarion call for global justice. In turn, analyses of inequality have suffered from new forms of stratification. Many studies are methodologically nationalist, although local and global inequalities are increasingly intertwined and injustices are ever more widespread.

There is an urgent need to rethink inequalities in development research and practice. To do so, it is necessary to utilise multi- and transdisciplinary approaches – that is, to learn and share beyond disciplinary boundaries. The Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR) engages with these ongoing debates through the Development Days 2020 Conference.

We are very pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the conference:
  • Sango Mahanty, Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
  • Dan Brockington, Director of the Sheffield Institute for International Development, University of Sheffield
The conference will also host a roundtable on inequalities in education. The roundtable panelists include, for example:
  • Edda Tandi Lwoga, Associate Professor and Deputy Rector, College of Business Education in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Tiina Kontinen, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, University of Jyväskylä
  • Irmeli Mustalahti, Professor, University of Eastern Finland
We invite paper proposals and presentations to the following panels:
Guidelines for submission
Please submit your paper proposals directly to the panel chairs by 30 November via email. 
You will be notified of paper acceptance by 15 December.
Important dates and deadlines
17.10.2019 Call for papers and presentations (abstracts) opens
30.11.2019 Deadline for abstract submissions
15.12.2020 Notifications of accepted papers and presentations, by panel chairs
15.2.2020 Last day of registration
26.2.2020 Pre-conference workshops for Master’s and PhD students
26.2.2020 Civil Society Organisation event Development Days 2020 Conference
Scientific/Organising Committee
Franklin Obeng-Odoom, University of Helsinki
Tiina Seppälä, University of Lapland
Bonn Juego, University of Jyväskylä
Anna Salmivaara, University of Helsinki
Johanna Götz, University of Helsinki
Ayonghe Akonwi Nebasifu, University of Lapland
Antti Autio, University of Helsinki
Anja Onali, UniPID/University of Jyväskylä


May 6-8, 2020 at Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland

The minority research profile at Åbo Akademi University invites you to its fifth annual seminar that will take place in Vaasa, Finland from May 6th to 8th, 2020. The 2020 theme is “Curriculums for Social Justice” with the aim to collectively discuss how to develop justice-oriented pedagogies. With permeating signs of racism, harassment and violence, as well as increasing social inequalities both locally and globally, there is a need to reflect on the role of education in relation to social justice.
Social justice is not restricted to questions of material deprivation or differences in income, but also considers other aspects of social life, such as cultures, identities, environments and epistemologies. There is a need for reflection on how we – as educators, researchers, students, activists, and most importantly, human beings – can consider these burning and often controversial topics.

Confirmed keynote speakers at the seminar are:
Vanessa Andreotti (University of British Columbia),
Audrey Bryan (Dublin City University),
Nancy Commins & Kara Viesca (University of Colorado, Denver & University of Nebraska, Lincoln, joint keynote),
Pigga Keskitalo (University of Lapland),
Mariana Souto-Manning (Teachers College, Columbia University),
Greg Wiggan (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

The registration for the Minority Seminar 2020: Curriculums for Social Justice is now open!!

Please register for the Minority Seminar 2020 here
(The registration is done through the Åbo Akademi University Webshop)

Registration Fees
Basic registration fee*: € 60,00
Student registration fee**: € 30,00
Optional seminar dinner: € 50,00
The seminar dinner will take place on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at Strampen restaurant. 

The registration fee covers lunch and coffee breaks each day of the seminar.
Please indicate in the comment section during the registration if you have any special dietary needs or allergies.

* The basic registration fee is for researchers, PhD students as well as others in working life. In case you are currently unemployed or without funding, please contact the organizers for the possibility of a discount.
** “Student” refers to students at bachelor or master level.

Kindly note that the registration deadline for presenters is January 31, 2020 and for participants is March 31, 2020.

If you experience any difficulties with payment or registration, or if you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to welcoming you in Vasa!