calls, events, conferences

Upcoming opportunities to collaborate with fellow Convivial Thinkers


How Postdevelopment can transform EU (‘Development’) Studies

11 May | 13.00-16.00h Brussels time 

The workshop builds on an ongoing blog series seeking to explore how postdevelopment approaches can inform, infuse and potentially transform the study of EU (development) policies and relationships with the Global South.

The aim of the series and the workshop is to stimulate thinking about different imaginaries of ‘another Europe’ and alternative role(s) the EU could/should play, inspired by insights from postdevelopment thinkers.

The workshop is a collaboration between Convivial Thinking and the EADI Working Group ‘The European Union as Development Actor’. It is organised in an open and participatory manner. We welcome participants from all disciplines and non-academic backgrounds.



The Political Ecology Research Centre at Massey University and the Centre for Space, Place & Society at Wageningen University & Research welcome submissions for the 2021 virtual conference, Conviviality from June 1-7, 2021.

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Dismantling/reassembling — Tools for alternative futures (Deadline for abstracts: April 5, 2021)

The Pluriversal Design Special Interest Group of the Design Research Society (DRS) and the Public Visualization Lab of OCAD University invite you to discuss decoloniality and societal transformation. Pivot 2021 aims to identify tools and practices of dismantling and reassembling that could favor ways of reshaping human presence on Earth, as well as concrete cases of alternative future-making from all around the world.

By tools, we refer to not only artifacts but also to services, symbols, rules, institutions, policies, pedagogies, systems, environments, and so on (Illich 1975). Briefly, tools constitute aspects of social life that we deliberately create to (re)shape the tangible reality.

As the world faces multiple colossal, interconnecting crises—COVID-19, social unrest around our fragile sphere of Earth, climate crisis, plastic pollution, deforestation, ravaging wildfires, the frightening spread of authoritarianism, and so on—there is an increasing awareness that the Western civilizational model and ways of life have reached a crossroads. What is currently asked from humanity is more than damage reduction, but a profound societal transformation: reconceiving cultural and economic models and changing our ways of being, thinking, learning, making, relating, and so on.

The Pivot 2021 theme focuses on the tools that we might design and use to dismantle the structures of the current civilizational model (aka patriarchal capitalist Modernity) and to reassemble the debris into new models, converting debris into the nurturing humus for worlds in the making.

PIVOT 2021 will be a virtual conference that takes place on Zoom (July 22-23, 2021). Each day will feature two keynotes and several panels exploring different themes.

The panels will be composed of Presenters (who apply to Pivot 2021 and go through peer-review) and Invited Speakers from the Global South and racialized minorities. Each author will present a 3-10 minute pre-recorded video followed by a live discussion with the audience. The Invited Speakers will act like discussants and help us create bridges between different worlds and perspectives.

We invite interested designers, artists, scholars, and changemakers to submit a long abstract (700-1000 words) by April 5, 2021.
Send us two PDFs (one with your name and affiliation and one fully anonymized)
Please submit your abstracts by email to

You can find more details about Pivot 2021 (e.g., themes, key dates, and registration fees) here (


Decolonizing Methodologies and Epistemologies: Discourse Analysis and Sociology of Knowledge

We hereby invite you to submit an abstract for the session “Decolonizing Methodologies and Epistemologies: Discourse Analysis and Sociology of Knowledge”, organized by Reiner Keller, Sasa Bosancic, Florian Elliker and Annette Knaut (Germany and Switzerland) at the Online-Conference “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (SMUS Conference) and “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana” in cooperation with ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods” 23 – 26.09.2021, organised and hosted online by the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana.

Details on the session, the conference and the submission process.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31.05.2021


Routledge Book Series – Post-COVID World: Academics, Politics and Society

 Series Editors: Lewis Gordon, Rozena Maart, Epifania Amoo-Adare and Sayan Dey

The biomedical crisis of COVID-19 has opened up a floodgate for other kinds of crisis like communal violence, racial discrimination, geographical hierarchies, socio-political hegemonies, academic exclusivities, etc. These crises are catalyzing massive geo-political shifts of the various epistemological and ontological frameworks of knowledge production across the globe. The shifts are bound to influence patterns of thinking and doing in a Post-COVID era. This book series will focus on various forms of academic, social and political transformations that are expected to take place in a Post-COVID World, with respect to the various crises. The advent of COVID-19, has resulted in major shifts affecting pedagogical frameworks, curricular structures, institutional infrastructures, evaluation patterns, international policies, political ethics, communal relations, gender existence, racial connotations, mental health and physical wellbeing. These are transformations that will continue to take place in a Post-COVID era. Keeping these shifting scenarios at the forefront, this book series will critically analyze various forms of transformation that take place in academic, social and political systems across the globe in a Post-COVID era.

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