[Globaali] Invitation to Development Day 2021: COVID-19 Pandemic and Development Research: Ways Forward?

Eeva Makinen eevamakinen28 at gmail.com
Su Tammi 17 11:59:11 EET 2021

Development Day 2021: COVID-19 Pandemic and Development Research: Ways

Time: Friday 12 February 2021 at 9.15 - 16.30 hrs GMT +2 (Helsinki, Finland

Venue: Online event  <http://www.kehitystutkimus.fi/conference/>

Organizer: Finnish Society for Development Research

Registration: Register here by February 5th
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The outbreak of COVID 19-pandemic has long-lasting and multiple
consequences for the ways of living and acting in our global world. To say
the least, it has laid open the already entrenched inequalities, injustices
and vulnerabilities. For some, it has altered the meanings and practices of
work, leisure, and travel as new digital technologies have enabled
flexibility and easy adaptation. For some others, it has severely
complicated their conditions of, and access to, work, livelihood and health
services. It is clear that the pandemic is not only a crisis of health, but
also a political, economic, social and environmental one. It has served as
a ‘scapegoat’ for rising authoritarianism and population management,
enforced the role of nation states and affected economies in the forms of
rising debt, or downturn of remittances.

The Development Day 2021 acknowledges that today’s emergencies manifested
themselves already before the outbreak in various interrelated spheres,
including economy, climate, health, social crisis, and racism. Further, the
pandemic has articulated the interdependencies of different environments,
humans and non-human animals, microbes, and technologies. In order to
rethink these entanglements and to address the multi-faceted crises, we
need to focus on their sources - and to find holistic and transformative

Online symposium

With a view to the upcoming Nordic Development Research Conference
<https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/nordic-development-research> (21.-22.6.2021)
in Jyväskylä, Finland, the Development Day 2021
<http://www.kehitystutkimus.fi/conference/> is organised as an online
symposium for critical debate and discussion. It also marks the 35 years
since the Finnish Society for Development Research was formally registered.
The program consists of keynote panel discussion, two online sessions, and
a closing discussion, and an annual Masters’ workshop
<http://www.kehitystutkimus.fi/conference/masters-workshop> on Thursday


9.15 Welcome Henri Onodera (Chair, Finnish Society for Development Research)

Opening words Anja Nygren (Professor, University of Helsinki)

9.30-12.00 Roundtable: Covid 19-pandemic and development research: Ways

Speakers: Barry Gills (Professor, University of Helsinki), Bonn Juego
Teacher, University of Jyväskylä), Tiina Kontinen (Associate Professor,
University of Jyväskylä), Elina Oinas (Professor, University of
Helsinki) & Gutu
Wayessa (Grant Researcher, University of Helsinki)

Moderator: Christopher Chagnon (PhD Candidate, University of Helsinki)
and Ayonghe
Akonwi (PhD Candidate, University of Lapland)

This session asks: As the pre-pandemic era could already be characterized
in terms of multiple crises and there is no return to it, what are the ways
forward? How has the pandemic affected the practices of development
research? What are the transformative potentials in terms of development
research and practice, and the rearrangements of societies, environments,
and economies? In this context, how can development be reimagined?

12.00-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-15.00 Parallel online sessions:

Session I: Covid 19-pandemic and development research

Moderator: Marjaana Jauhola (University Lecturer, University of Helsinki)

Call for interventions

The Covid 19-pandemic has implied multiple challenges for the ways in which
development research could been conducted. It may have also implied new
ways of research collaboration. This session offers an open forum sharing
and discussing these experiences (either individual research or research
project). Please express your wish to do so by sending an email to
info at kehitystutkimus.fi by 20.1.2021. In the email, please shortly explain
the topic of your intervention. The interventions can be either a short
speech (c. 5 minutes) or an anonymous letter, read by the moderator. Thank

Session II: Visions and ways forward for the post-pandemic future
Speakers: Maria Fernanda Gebara (Research activist and social
anthropologist), Mary Menton (Research Fellow, University of Sussex),
and Mathew
Bukhi Mabele (Postdoc and Lecturer, University of Dodoma)
Moderator: Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen (Associate Research Professor (Jan.
2021-) and Academy of Finland Research Fellow, Natural Resources Institute

This session discusses the interlinked and rapid socio-ecological and human
health related challenges as crises and as opportunities for transformative
changes. The panelists will focus on three related topics, including: 1.
Rethinking of human-nature relations: Indigenous ontologies and new
becomings; 2. Just Transformations and Intersectional Decolonial
Environmental Justice; and 3. Conviviality in the context of post-COVID and
post-growth conservation.

For more information, click here

 15.30-16.30 Closing discussion

All updates on the programme are found here:
www.kehitystutkimus.fi/conference <http://www.kehitystutkimus.fi/conference>

We are looking forward to seeing you in February!

Best regards,

Finnish Society for Development Research

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