Calls, Events, Conferences

Several upcoming opportunities to collaborate with fellow Convivial Thinkers


Call for Papers, PERIPHERIE, Issue 161 (to be published in spring 2021):
Postcolonial Critique of Globalization

With this Issue, the editors seek to critically complement the state of political science research on the global protest movement and institutional reform processes, e.g. by focusing on colonial continuities and analysing them by means of postcolonial concepts such as “othering” and subaltern representation. They invite (self-)critical reflection on North-South asymmetries within the global protest movement.

Deadline for full articles 10 August 2020.


Conference on The Sexual Politics of Freedom

With this conference, oragnizers hope to explore and begin to address the problematique around feminist struggles for freedom, refusing the questions posed of women who do not conform to the liberal ideal of “female” freedom, as to why they would “subject” themselves to a life within a so-called “patriarchal order.” Such an experience is one many of us who research and write about the lives of women living in the non-European ‘World’ encounter on a regular basis in explaining and analysing why freedom for these women need not align with gender- and identity-neutral onto-political presuppositions of liberal subjectivity and the hegemonic paradigm of human rights discourse (Alcoff 2006). At stake, still, is the problem of subalterneity, and the location of such women in the place of “disappearance,” which Spivak (1988) describes as ‘the violent aporia between subject and object status.’

Deadline for abstract submissions 21 Feburary 2020


Global Studies Research Seminar 2020: The making and unmaking of development: de- and reconstructions, 18 – 20 May 2020, Gent, Belgium

organised by Ghent Centre for Global Studies

Key note speakers: Jason Hickel, Pavel Lopez, Lata Narayanaswamy

The Global Studies Research Seminar of 2020 is co-organised with the Governance in Conflict Network and will focus on ‘post-development’ as a burgeoning academic and societal debate.  Addressing key challenges such as debt, poverty, growing inequality and environmental degradation, the seminar will allow to bridge debates and initiatives in the Global North and South, so as to replace the unidirectional North-South development paradigm with an integrated critical global perspective.

The seminar is build around a participative methodology with  workshop sessions, film screening and talks with activists and academics.


Workshop on „Postcolonial Perspectives on Protest and Reform in the Global Political Economy“, 15-17.09.2020, Kassel, Germany

Organizers are taking the “complementary deficit” (Ziai 2012) of political science and postcolonial studies on one hand as a starting point to substantiate the possibilities and limits of postcolonial protest and reform research and on the other hand, to discuss its political relevance. For it is precisely against the background of the current movement for global climate justice -as illustrated by the “Decoalonize!” campaign for example- that postcolonial questions are being asked with renewed vehemence.
They are  looking forward to contributions in a variety of creative formats.

Read the full call.

Deadline for Abstracts 15 April 2020.


Degrowth meets Development Studies: Engaging perspectives on South-North / North South relations

organised by EADI at Degrowth 2020 Manchester (1 -5 September 2020)

When following discussions in the field of Development Studies -mostly but not only among those who critically engage with the term “development” – it is obvious that the conclusions drawn are increasingly similar to those presented by Degrowth academics, even if departing from different angles and using different terminologies. Despite this, the exchange between those engaged with degrowth and/or promoting the paradigm to “undevelop the North” and critical Development Studies seems so far limited. Is this a missed opportunity to learn and support each other in achieving the common goal of an equitable and sustainable global society? Combining critical and self-reflective perspectives from both communities can widen perspectives and address possible blind spots to the benefit of both.

Read the full call.

Deadline for abstracts 26 February 2020.