Critical Development

Group Members: Dr. Yonatan Gez, Dr. Reut Barak, Dr. Tal Nitsan, Dr Ruth Wenske Stern and Mr. Bruck Teshome (PhD Candidate)

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An interdisciplinary platform for multicultural perspectives on development theory and practice

Critical Development is a new platform that aims to explore alternative and multicultural views and approaches to development, while seeking to overcome mainstream biases and myopia. This will be done through the questions of “what does development mean?” and “how do specific contexts influence development theory and work?”.

How do we plan to achieve this? By drawing from non-conventional theories both from the Global North and the Global South. Through case studies and experiences, we will engage with known and lesser-known frameworks, such as post-development theories, intersectionality, environmental conservation, critical pedagogy, critical race theory, among others. Sessions will take place monthly and will be centered on a theory/approach applied to a few case studies. 

This is a multidisciplinary initiative made possible by the support of the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Glocal MA Program in International Development Studies. We welcome scholars from related disciplines interested in the topic of development, as well as professionals working in the field.


The first session will be on Thursday, November 2, 2017

at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, in the Library Room, from 10 to 1pm. 


Invited speaker: Bob Nameng [Africans for Peace, South Africa] 


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