Paradigms of Development and Sustainability – Locating Politics and Colonial Continuities

Chaired by Dr Marjaana Jauhola (University of Helsinki;, Dr Paola Minoia (University of Helsinki; and Dr Aili Pyhälä (University of Helsinki;

This session invites scholars and students to explore and debate both the limitations of current regimes of development and sustainability and image possibilities for decolonized academic and practitioner praxis. We invite pieces that explore the topic either theoretically, empirically, and through experiential accounts in the form of conventional conference paper, performance or audio-visual material or poster. How does the call for decolonization inform such endeavours? What terminology and language, or research praxis does it push forward? Where are the archives of alternative visions located at?

The session aims at addressing the need of decolonialization in relation to paradigms such as development, or sustainability, and think what it means for both academic research and teaching, but also for any praxis. We encourage participants to look alternatives, and bring along with them such archives of knowledge that challenge the mainstream discourses on development and sustainability.

Working Group Programme:

Thursday 15th Feb, 2018
Part I: 16:00-17:30, Room 309

Susan Ress (Humboldt-Universität Berlin), Nancy Kendall (University of Wisconsin-Madison) & Sophia Friedson-Ridenour (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Re-Mapping the Two-Way Relationship between Climate Change and Schooling – wants to present on Thursday

Johanna Järvelä (University Helsinki) and Nikodemus Solitander (Hanken School of Economics) Responsible Colonial Continuities: The financialization and responsibilization of development aid

Oskar Chmiel (University of Wrocław) Between Europeanization and decolonization: a case study of the EU-ACP trade relations evolution

Juan Telleria (University of the Basque Country and Essex UK) Uncovering alternatives: the Sustainable Development Agenda’s monopolization of development thinking

Fisseha Fantahun Tefera (Lund University) ‘Getsita Ginibata’/Image Building: Representation and Devevelopment Discourse in Ethiopia

Friday 16th Feb, 2018
Part II: 10:40-12:10, Room 309

Giovanni Bettini (Lancaster University) Bastard Climate Politics. Exploring the seeds of emergent post-neoliberal, decolonized and emancipatory climate action

Benedict Arko (University of Bayreuth) Problematizing Development; The Case of the Ghana Decent Work Programme

Anna Salmivaara (University of Helsinki) How to support – and write about – Cambodian garment workers’ ability to eat and to speak?

Michael Keaney (Metropolia Business School) Neocolonialism in the academic and policymaking communities: the ideology of utopia

Part III: 13.30-15:00, Room 505

Christine Loew (Fakultät Gesellschaft und Ökonomie Rhine-Waal) A decolonial feminist perspective on sustainable development and climate change in South India: Indigenous social movements struggling for food sovereignty

Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora (University of Eastern Finland) and Fátima Cortés Zarate (Defensoría de los Derechos Humanos del Pueblo de Oaxaca) Indigenous women in Mexico: reimagining political participation and access to natural resources

Arnaldo Pellini (Overseas Development Institute, London) Doing development differently at scale: a way forward for sustainable institutional development?

Ratih Adiputri (University of Jyväskylä) SDG challenges in Southeast Asian parliaments: Paradigm and decolonization issue