Programme for the Development Days Conference 27th Feb- 1st March, 2019

Venue: Tieteiden talo, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki

Wed 27.2. Pre-Conference Workshops and Events

9-12  Masters Workshop held by Dr Tiina Seppälä (University of Lapland)    and Dr Teppo Eskelinen (JYU), Room 404.

9-12 UniPiD DocShop 2019: Staying with the Discipline?– organized by Assoc. Prof Franklin Obeng-Odoom (HY), Anja Onali (JYU), with Prof Rosalba Icaza Garza (ISS, Erasmus University, Rotterdam), Room 309.

12-14 Lunch break

13-15 Civil Society Organization Event: Systemic Alternatives to Unsustainable Development organized by Dr. Aili Pyhälä (HY), with Mr. Ashish Kothari (founder and director of Kalpavriksh), Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4), Main Stage. The event is also streamed live.

17-19 Annual Meeting of FSDR Board, Room 313.

Thu 28.2   Conference Day 1

09:00-9:30 Conference Registration + Coffee, Hallway of floor 1,
Main Lecture Hall 104

9:30-10:15 Welcome & Opening words

9:30-9:40 Conference Chair Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen

9:40-9:50 FSDR Chair (2018-2019) Aili Pyhälä

9:50-10:10 Musical performances: Eero Peltonen – Runo singer of the Kalevala

10:15-11:00 Keynote: Prof. Giles Mohan (The Open University)

11:00-11:05 Commenting remarks by Teivo Teivainen, Professor of World Politics, University of Helsinki

11:05-11:25 Q&A/ Open floor discussion

11:25-12.10 Keynote: Prof. Rosalba Icaza Garza (ISS, Erasmus University, Rotterdam). Commentator: Paola Minoia (University of Helsinki).

12:10-12:15 Commenting remarks by Paola Minoia, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Helsinki

12:15-12:35 Q&A/ Open floor discussion

12:35-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:30  Working groups – 3 parallel sessions

Working Group 4: “Re-Thinking, Re-defining, Re-positioning: “Development” and the Question of “Alternatives”, led by Kristina Simion (The Australian National University), Paola Minoia (University of Helsinki), Julia Schöneberg (EADI and University of Kassel), Room 404.

  1. Blog post: Has development failed? Some conceptual musings. Rebecca Gutwald, Munich School of Philosophy.
  2. The end of EU development policy. Jan Orbie and Sarah Delputte, Ghent
  3. The Other in Me (I). Juan Telleria, University of the Basque Country, University
  4. Feast Zuleika Bibi Sheik, ISS Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  5. Re-Thinking Urban Development Through Re-Defining Informal Urbanization. Toktam Ashnaiy and Erhard Berner, ISS Erasmus University.

Working Group 10: “New Civil Society Spaces and their Limits in the Global South” Eija Ranta (HY), Wolfram Schaffar (University of Passau), Tiina Kontinen (JYU), Room 505, Double session.

  1. Citizenship practices in civil society spaces from perspective of philosophical pragmatism. Tiina Kontinen, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, University of Jyväskylä and Katariina Holma, Professor, University of Oulu
  2. Transformative Practices? Resisting Evictions in Lisbon, Portugal. Saila Saaristo, PhD Candidate, University of Helsinki, saila.saaristo@helsinki.fiCivil
  3. Society as an Avenue for Promoting Citizens’ Engagement: Sikika’s Social Accountability Monitoring Approach in Kondoa, Tanzania. Ajali Nguyahambi (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland) and Haji Chang’a (University of Dodoma, Tanzania).
  4. Right to create rights. Neoliberalism, international cooperation and the space for democratic participation in Cambodia. Anna Salmivaara, PhD candidate, University of Helsinki.

Working Group 12: “Adaptive Handprints”, led by Matleena Muhonen, (Aalto ENG), Kristjana Adalgeirsdóttir (Aalto ARTS), Saija Hollmén (Aalto ARTS), Room 309.

  1. Interplay of Cultures: Zanzibar Studio. Andrea Esquivel Velasquez and Rosa Väisänen. 
  2. Sustainable Global Technologies Studio: Nepali. Martina Dahm and Sachie Yoshizumi

15.30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-18:00 Working groups 4 parallel sessions

Working Group 2: “Governing through crisis: (dis)continuities in actors and epistemologies of development” led by Eija Meriläinen, Nikodemus Solitander, Yewondwossen Tesfaye, Virva Tuomala, Linda Annala, Martin Fougère (CCR – Centre for Corporate Responsibility), Room 309.

  1. Forest governance transformation. Lessons learnt from Tanzania Dismas L. Mwaseba, Associate Professor, Sokoine University of Agriculture Antti Erkkilä, Senior Researcher, University of Eastern Finland Irmeli Mustalahti, Professor, University of Eastern Finland Esbern Friis-Hansen, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies
  2. Conflict zone or safe zone? The gendered security of the UN Women, Peace & Security framework and its application in South Africa. Laura Sulin, Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations, Coventry University, United Kingdom.
  3. Development as Crisis: The role of financialization. Authors: Nikodemus Solitander, Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland. Johanna Järvelä.
  4. Failures in addressing the palm oil sustainability crisis: Graduated sovereignty and graduated optics. Martin Fougère, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland; Rohit Varman, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
  5. Rescaling of political and humanitarian responsibility in disaster governance: a Rawlsian social contract theory approach. Eija Meriläinen, Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Hanken School of Economic, Helsinki, Finland; Jukka Mäkinen, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Working Group 5: “A Global Confluence of Alternatives to Development”, led by Ashish Kothari (Kalpavriksh), Aili Pyhälä (HY), Room 404

  1. The pluriverse as the path towards systemic change: Exploring synergies between systemic alternatives to neoliberalism from the ‘Global South’ and the ‘Global North’.  Marta Musić; ICTA – Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  2. Open Source Seed Initiatives and Alternatives in Agriculture Author(s): Krishna Ravi Srinivas PhD.
  3. Inter-species relations and wellbeing in biocultural communities in Central India Uotinen Joonas, Loivaranta Tikli & Seal Arunopol
  4. Transformative change achieved? Two decades of civil society cooperation with the Wixáritari living at the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain in Western Mexico. Outi Hakkarainen, CRASH – Coalition for Research and Action for Social Justice and Human Dignity.

Working Group 9: “Global Citizenship in Development and Education”, led by Chairs: Sanna Rekola and Jaana Viirimäki (Fingo ry), Room 405.

  1. Education for Global Citizenship in the Millenium Organisation: International Initiative for Peace (IIP) – NGO. Adejare Somorin.
  2. Global Citizenship Education and Social Sustainability of Informal Settlements: A Case Study of Mukuru Kayaba Informal Settlements, Nairobi, Kenya. Ruth N. Murumba, Moi University, Kenya. 
  3. Bridging 4.7 through HEADSUP: Actioning critical global citizenship with secondary teachers in England, Finland and Sweden. Karen Pashby, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Loise Sund, Maladarlen University, Sweden.
  4. Political engagement for global citizenship. Raising research interest among Austrian high school students. Gabriele Slezak, Austrian Foundation for Development Research OEFSE.
  5. Case study: Transformer 2030 – Teachers as Change Agents in Sustainable Development. Fruitful Cooperation between CSOs and Researchers in In-service Training of Finnish Teachers. Hannu Niemelä (Fingo) et al.

Working Group 10: “New Civil Society Spaces and their Limits in the Global South” Eija Ranta (HY), Wolfram Schaffar, Tiina Kontinen (JYU), Room 505, Double session.

  1. Shrinking economic space of a faith-based organization: Pentecostal moral economy of corruption in Tanzania. Päivi Hasu, University of Jyväskylä
  2. Development interventions in authoritarian regimes: insights from forestry interventions and civil society participation in Laos.
    Sabaheta Ramcilovik-Suominen, Luonnonvarakeskus
  3. Facebook-based vigilante groups in Thailand and the Philippines and the global rise of new authoritarianism. Dr. Wolfram Schaffar, University of Passau

18:30-19:30  Reception held by the City of Helsinki at the Empire Hall of the Old Town Hall, Aleksanterinkatu 20, Helsinki

Fri 1.3 Conference Day 2

Main Lecture Hall 104:

9:30 Opening words for the day

9:35 -10:15  Keynote: Mr. Ashish Kothari (founder and director of Kalpavriksh)

10:15-10:20 Commenting remarks by Ruby van der Wekken

10:20-10:40 Q&A/ Open floor discussion

10:40-12:10  Working groups – 3 parallel sessions

Working Group 3: “Global social policy: Critical perspectives on the theory and practice of global social policy diffusion”, led by Lauri Heimo (University of Tampere), Room 312.

  1. Domestication of Global Policy Norms: Problematisation of the Conditional Cash Transfer Narrative, Lauri Heimo, Tampere University
  2. Disability inclusion in the social work teaching curriculum in Kyrgyz universities: experiences from the EU Social Protection System (EU-SPS) Programme. Hisayo Katsui, University of Helsinki.
  3. Social protection systems for Gender Equality Timo Voipio.
  4. Sustainability in international food-based dietary guidelines: creation of a systems thinking framework for developing food guidelines and policy Mazac, R.­­ MSc. Student, Faculty of Land and Food Systems University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Book session: Towards Radical Alternatives. Ashish Kothari will present two books Alternatives in a World of Crisis and  Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary, and generate a discussion around their main themes. Discussants: Marta Music (ICTA-UAB), Dayabati Roy (University of Helsinki), Tuomo Alhojärvi (University of Oulu) and Aili Pyhälä (University of Helsinki). Room 309

Working Group 8: “Towards locally derived and locally meaningful development goals”, led by Pekka Seppälä (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Giles Mohan (The Open University), Sabaheta Ramcilovik-Suominen (Natural Resources Institute Finland), Room 505, Double session.

  1. When (the concept of) development went local. Juhani Koponen.
  2. Corporate responsibility in African post-colonial states. An exploration of how and why gas corporations are developing Tanzania. Eva Nilsson Doctoral Candidate Hanken School of Economics.
  3. Corporate social responsibility and its limits in a mining region in India. Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö, University lecturer, PhD, University of Jyväskylä.
  4. Localizing Co-management Ontologies in Developments around Protected Areas. Ayonghe A. Nebasifu, PhD. Researcher, Anthropology Research Group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland. 
  5. Stones, Sand, and Paper: Revisiting better lives through local voices. Alice Kern, University of Zurich.

12:10-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-15:00 Working groups 3 parallel sessions

Working Group 11: “Transitions in education and employment”, led by Mikko Ylikangas (Academy of Finland), Room 309.

  1. Theory and practice of learning to be a citizen: Experiences from Tanzania and Uganda. Tiina Kontinen, University of Jyväskylä and Katariina Holma, University of Oulu
  2. Goal 4+: Including Eco-Cultural Pluralism in Quality Education in Ecuadorian Amazonia. Paola Minoia,University of Helsinki.
  3. EDIT – Equality and Democracy in Transformation. Elina Oinas,University of Helsinki. 
  4. Between education and the labour market: Youth perspectives from the Middle East. Henri Onodera, University of Helsinki. 

Working Group 1: “Is the truth out there for us to show? Reflecting on epistemologies and ontologies in development research.” led by Minna Hakkarainen (HY) and Henni Alava (JYU), Room 312.

  1. ‘Fala minha Irma’ (Speak My Sister): Sharing women’s stories through collaborative film making and pop up cinemas in Mozambique. Karen Boswall (Multi-Media Presentation Proposal)
  2. Methodological Nationalism and the Impossibility of Achieving Global Development Goals. Charles Gore.
  3. Co-Decolonizing Theory and Practice in Development Studies Tiina Seppälä, University of Lapland
  4. Local Knowledge for Environmental Protection and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: Toward More Culture-sensitive Approach to Development Practice. Geoffrey Nwaka, AbiaState University, Nigeria.

Working Group 8: “Towards locally derived and locally meaningful development goals”, led by Pekka Seppälä,  (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Giles Mohan (The Open University), Sabaheta Ramcilovik-Suominen (Natural Resources Institute Finland), Room 505, Double session.

  1. Think Global Act Local. Transnational Corporate Social Responsibility Meets Local Needs in Ghana. Ann-Christin Hayk, M.A. PhD student & research assistant Cultural & Regional Geography – Faculty of Regional & Environmental Sciences Trier University
  2. Land Ownership Transformation before and after Forest Fires in Indonesian Palm Oil Plantation Areas. Rijal Ramdani, University of Eastern Finland.
  3. Gendered Dynamism and Reciprocity in Fishing Communities in Ghana. The Case of Penkye, Winneba in Ghana. Esther Yeboah Danso-Wiredu, University of Education, Winneba. 
  4. Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as a tool for responsibilisation? Observations on the actors of FSC forest certification: The case of Russia. Denis Dobrynin, the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland.

15:00-15.15 Coffee break

Main Lecture Hall 104:

15:15-15:30 UniPID-FSDR: Development Research MA Award presented by Osku Haapasaari

15:30-15:35 Speech by the winner of the Development Research MA Award

15.35-16:15 Closing ceremony

16:15- Free get-together.