THURSDAY the 16th of February

9-14                        Master’s workshop, House of Sciences and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, room 505, and UniPID Docshop, Unioninkatu 40, room 8.

13:00-14:30        Conference Registration and coffee, Unioninkatu 35, groundfloor lobby.

14:30                     Opening of the Conference and Award ceremony: Master’s Award in Development Studies 2016, Unioninkatu 35, Auditorium.

15:00-17:00        Keynote speech “Who will survive the current crisis” by Dr. Boris         Kagarlitsky, commenting remarks and questions from the audience. Unioninkatu 35, Auditorium.

19:30                     Dinner at Restaurant Vaelsa (Pohjoisesplanadi 9), self-financed.

FRIDAY the 17th of February

9:30-10:00        Registration, House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, groundfloor lobby.

10:00-12:00      Keynote speech “Authoritarianism, Citizen Power and Different Roads to Modernity: A Look at Arab Revolutions Past and Present” by Dr. Susanne Dahlgren, House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, Room 104. Watch live stream online.

12:00-13:00      Lunch break

13:00-15:00      Working groups (see detailed working group programme below), House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6.

15:00-15:30      Coffee break

15:30-17:30       Working groups (see detailed working group programme below), House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6.

18:00                    Free get-together at Restaurant Juttutupa, Säästöpankinranta 6.



Time: Friday 17th of February 2017, 13:00-17:30 o’clock

Venue: House of Sciences and Letters

There are two sessions for the working groups. Session 1 lasts from 13:00 till 15:00, and Session 2 lasts from 15:30 till 17:30.

Working Group 1
Time: 13:00-15:00
Room: 309

Contested environments and politics of resource control

Chairs: Mira Käkönen, Liina-Maija Quist and Gutu Wayessa, University of Helsinki

13:00 Co-produced Constellation of Exclusion and Extraction in Cambodia. Mira Käkönen, University of Helsinki.

13:25 ‘Development Pragmatism’ in Contested Environments: Land Grabs, Market Rationale, and State-Society Relations in India and China. Nitika Dhingra, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

13:50 Oil, fishers and contested impacts of a denationalizing industry in the Mexican Gulf. Liina-Maija Quist, University of Helsinki.

14:15 Law as an Instrument of Dispossession and Economic Marginalisation in Ethiopia. Husen Ahmed Tura, University of Eastern Finland.

14:40 The Addis Ababa Master Plan and the #OromoProtests: A Political Ecology of Land Dispossession and Popular Resistance in Ethiopia. Gutu Olana Wayessa, University of Helsinki.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Working Group 2
Time: 13:00-17:30
Room: 313

The politics of claim-making and citizenship in the global South

Chairs: Jeremy Gould, Saana Hansen and Lalli Metsola, University of Jyväskylä

Session 1

13:00 Conveners: Opening words.

13:10 Bonded labour in South Asia and socioeconomic rights: a case study of agricultural bonded labour in India and Nepal. Elena Samonova, University of Helsinki.

13:40 “All the Others Are Third-Class Citizens.” Claiming belonging, countering betrayal in neoliberal Ahmedabad. Jelena Salmi, University of Jyväskylä.

14:10 Institutionalized patronage plays. Negotiating political claims in East Javanese reses meetings. Heikki Wilenius, University of Helsinki.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Session 2

15:30 “Nothing for us without us” – a housing and land rights movement Abahlali baseMjondolo fighting for human dignity in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Kukka Ranta, University of Helsinki.

16:00 Seeking decent belonging and formal recognition: Exploring the dynamics of returnee emplacement in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Saana Hansen, University of Jyväskylä.

16:30 Incremental gains: Residential politics in Windhoek. Lalli Metsola, University of Jyväskylä.

17:00 Claiming-making as/and political reciprocity (comment). Jeremy Gould, University of Jyväskylä.


Working Group 3
Time: 13:00-15:00
Room: 401 

From aid to trade: Private authoritarianism in the
public development aid policy

Chairs: Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes and Linda Annala, Hanken School of Economics, and Markus Kröger and Johanna Järvelä, University of Helsinki

13:00 Finnish Private Sector for Development – are we trying to push with a rope? Annika Launiala and Ulla Roiha, UNICEF Finland, and Greta Steenvorden, Hanken School of Economics.

13:30 The role of the rights holders in the Aid for Trade. Ira Haavisto and Pia Polsa, Hanken School of Economics.

14:00 CSR beyond the rule of law – the state as a corporate stakeholder. Markus Kröger, University of Helsinki, and Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes, Hanken School of Economics.

14:30 Experiences of handicraft trade in India – the case of Tikaushare. Pia Polsa, Hanken School of Economics, and Melea Press, University of Bath.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Working Group 4
Time: 13:00-15:00
Room: 312

Authoritarian traces in urban landscapes

Chairs: Florencia Quesada, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, and Anja Nygren, University of Helsinki

13:00 Struggling with “archaic” modernity: Latvian neopagan movement and authoritarian regime 1934-1940. Deniss Hanovs and Valdis Tēraudkalns, University of Latvia.

13:25: Guatemala City, authoritarian practices in the city’s first modern urban growth. Florencia Quesada, University of Helsinki.

13:50: Bogotá: An uneven geography of Colombian urbanization. Germán Andrés Quimbayo Ruiz, University of Eastern Finland

14:15: Studying inter-racial social integration in the middle-class suburb in Cape Town. Raakel Inkeri, University of Helsinki

14:40 Contentious Memories and Contested Reconciliations in the City of Bogotà, Colombia. Elisa Tarnaala, University of Helsinki and CMI, the Martti Ahtisaari Centre.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Working Group 5
Time: 13:00-17:30
Room: 505

Authoritarianism and civil society:
Implications for organizing and mobilizing?

Chairs: Tiina Kontinen, Academy Research Fellow, University of Jyväskylä, Anja Onali, KEPA, and Ajali Nguyahambi, University of Jyväskylä. 

Session 1

13:00 Shrinking civic space – a reality for civil society organisations. Auli Starck, KEPA.

13:30 Supporting democracy in multi-ethnic Macedonia – Youth activism for multicultural democracy. Samuli Sinisalo, Kalevi Sorsa Foundation.

14:00 The role and space of civil society in Tanzania today. Ajali Nguyambi, University of Jyväskylä. 

14:30 Spaces for learning of citizenship in a Ugandan gender NGO. Tiina  Kontinen, University of Jyväskylä & Alice Nankya Ndidde, Lecturer  & Karembe  Fabian Ahimbisibwe, Makerere University.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Session 2

15:30 Religious (de)politicisation in Uganda’s 2016 elections. Henni Alava, University of Helsinki, and Jimmy Spire Ssentongo,  Uganda Martyrs University.

16:00 The development of Evocracia and the impact on alternative economy movements in Bolivia. Laura Kumpuniemi, University of Eastern Finland.

16:30 Authoritarianism and Development in Poland Today: Organizing and Mobilizing Civil Society vs. the Current Government. Pawel Leszkowicz, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and Tomasz Kitlinski, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.

17:00 Dao Din student Activists: From Hope to Victims under the Thai Society of Darkness. Siwach Sripokangkul, Khon Kaen University, Thailand and Autthapon Muangming.

Working Group 6
Time: 15:30-17:30
Room: 309

Structures and agencies in the Global South towards democratic or authoritarian environmental governance? – Vulnerable groups in focus

Chairs: Nina Tokola and Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora, University of Eastern Finland

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30 Vulnerability as a legal concept – analysis on the green case law of the Inter-American human rights framework. Heta Heiskanen, University of Tampere:

15:55 Enhancing the resilience of fishing communities to climate Change through co-management in the Hilsa fishery – A case study of Bangladesh. Mohammad Mozumder, University of Helsinki.

16:20 Rethinking democratization in community forest management for the Anthropocene: the role of indigenous peoples in transforming environmental governance in Mexico. Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora, University of Eastern Finland.

16:45 State territorialisation, legitimacy of state and legal pluralism: FLEGT and REDD+ processes in the Lao PDR (Laos). Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, University of Eastern Finland & Hilary Smith.

17:10 Responsive Natural Resources Governance: The way to enhance justice in global environmental governance? Comparative study in Tanzania, Mexico, Lao PDR, Nepal and Finland. Irmeli Mustalahti, University of Eastern Finland.

Working Group 7
Time: 13:00-17:30
Room: 405

Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Embedding Capitalist Development in Non-Democratic Regimes

Chair: Bonn Juego, University of Jyväskylä

Session 1

13:00 “Neoliberal and/or authoritarian traits of law? Tanzanian street traders between legal empowerment and law enforcement”. Ilona Steiler, University of Helsinki.

13:40 “Ethics, politics and ideology in Africa in the era of globalization: From communitarian socialism to authoritarian afro-libertarianism”. Sirkku Hellsten, The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala.

14:20 “China-Africa cooperation with authoritarian regimes and the growth of hybrid regimes”. Ruvimbo Natalie Mavhiki, University of Helsinki.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Session 2

15:30 “Damming legitimacy: neoliberalism and the state in India and China”. Marina Kaneti, The New School, New York.

16:00 “Authoritarian Neoliberalism in Thailand – making sense of the coup d’état of 2014. Wolfram Schaffar, University of Vienna.

16:30 “Authoritarian Neoliberalism: A conceptual Sketch from its Ideological Antecedents and the Political Economy of Carl Schmitt”. Bonn Juego, University of Jyväskylä.

Working Group 8
Time: 13:00-17:30
Room: 404

Development Cooperation, Power and Authority

Chair: Eija Maria Ranta, University of Jyväskylä

Session 1

13:00 Introduction, Eija Ranta, University of Jyväskylä.

13:15 Portraying the West in times of crisis. Noora Kotilainen and Pia Mikander, University of Helsinki.

13:45 Building peace and strengthening civil society in Syria: Could development cooperation have a positive role? Outi Hakkarainen, Kepa.

14:15 Spatial justices and development: one point of view to cooperation, power and authority. Jukka Keski-Filppula, University of Oulu.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Session 2

15:30 Gender equality and women’s rights in development (cooperation) policy, case of Finland. Joanna Bunikowska, University of Eastern Finland.

16:00 Developing’ Nepal: The case of Finnish bilateral development cooperation in the water sector of Nepal. Pamela White, FCG International Ltd.

16:30 Power and Authority for SDGs between Europe and Southeast Asia. Ratih Adiputri, University of Jyväskylä,  _______________________________________________________
Working Group 9
Time: 15:30-17:30
Room: 312

Research challenges in authoritarian global South

Convenor: Minna Hakkarainen

This working group discusses specific challenges faced by researchers conducting research in authoritarian settings. The working group is organized as a roundtable discussion with four discussants and the audience, who will discuss different perspectives and challenges in conducting research in authoritarian contexts. The questions we hope to delve into in this roundtable discussion concern safety of the researchers and the informants, different types of control faced during the fieldwork, theoretical challenges arising from application of social theories rooted in Western democracies to authoritarian societies, amongst many other questions.


Virpi Salojärvi, PhD, Postdoctoral researcher, Media and Communication Studies, University of Helsinki 

Ruvimbo Natalie Mavhiki, PhD Candidate, Asian Studies, University of Helsinki

Karin Dean, Associate professor, South East Asian Studies, Tallinn University

Taru Salmenkari, Associate professor, Chinese Studies, Tallinn University

Read the abstracts of the discussants here!