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Movements: International Development Conference 2018 at UTSC

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"MOVEMENTS"

For more information on IDC2018, including schedule, directions and ways to get involved, visit: www.utoronto-idc.org.

Branded as a dynamic field, development is constantly moving and changing. These changes can manifest themselves in paradigm shifts, government reform, or wars—all of which were prominent during the 20th century and are actively shaping the present. While new NGOs, government policies, innovative solutions, and grassroots movements are garnering media attention for supposedly rehabilitating the field, it is imperative that we acknowledge the historical narratives from which new guises of development emerge. What causes apparent deviations in development thought and practice? Who benefits and who is disadvantaged? By understanding the particularities and lived realities of development over time, we can attempt to elucidate the lines which “experts” often draw along the how margins of race, nationality, religion, gender, and/or class that have and continue to systematically shape ideology.

Through two keynotes, four thematic discussions, a variety of workshops and several networking opportunities, the aim of IDC 2018 is to focus on people whose contexts, histories, and activism have been repeatedly neglected in the diffusion of mainstream development. The current political landscape places us in another moment of significant change and movement in the field of development. Within this landscape, perspectives and voices that have previously been overlooked continue to be stagnated as they move towards prominence - voices such as that of refugees, indigenous peoples, women, emerging activists, and other marginalized minorities. Punctuated by social movements, certain development motions and initiatives work to recognize and acknowledge the needs of these communities. Rather than moving in tandem to mainstream development, these efforts are juxtaposed against the structural roadblocks embedded in both formal and informal institutions.

IDC 2018 is a forum to discuss not the only importance of movements in development ideology, but also how the past moves to shape the present, and how we can diverge from past injustices by acknowledging neglected voices. We are curious to understand how recognizing voices that have historically been powerless in development can transform the field. We hope to challenge the tides of history so as to prevent the future silencing of these voices. Development is spurred on by movements. As people move and change, how does development move and change?

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