Master’s workshop

One Day Workshop for Master’s Students

Wednesday 26 February, at 9-12 hrs
House of Science and Letters (Tieteidentalo), Helsinki

How do we interrogate the problematique of inequality in contemporary world? Do we need to rethink the available theoretical frames and methodologies for studying the issues related to inequality? How do we interpret inequality, anyway? The workshop explores these questions at the juncture when several researches studies reveal that inequality as a persistent perpetual phenomenon is multidimensional and intersectional. Engaging rigorously with this problem of intersectional inequality, this workshop will provide a platform for prospective students to strengthen their theses. This worksop strongly advocates that inequality is best studied through an interdisciplinary approach.

While poverty as an empirical and conceptual fact concerns development studies researchers across the world, inequality is relatively marginal. Part of the reason for this relative neglect is the sheer complexity of tackling the theme. Neglect is, however, not an appropriate response to a demanding issue. With its re-emergence as a key concern on the global agenda though often engaging disproportionately with the issues of the global north, , this workshop would emphasize the issues of inequality in the global south. How are the issues of inequality linked with the colonial trajectories? How are the issues of inequality in the global south different from that of the global north? Do post-colonial perspectives offer new hope to understand and, hopefully, reduce these inequalities in the global south? Could such a reality be produced when the dominant north is still influencing the dynamics of inequalities in the global south, and thereby creating and recreating the problematique of inequality?

Please send your application with an abstract (approx. 300 words) to If abstract is accepted, the applicants have to send a draft paper (approx. 5000 words) mentioning clearly the aim, objective, and methodology of their research. Deadline for submission of abstract is 15 January, 2020. Deadline for sending draft papers is 10 February, 2020.