Sunday, September 23, 2012

CfPs National Conference on Rethinking Development (UGC Sponsored); 10-11 Dec; KCC Mumbai

National Conference on Rethinking Development: Emerging Issues and Contemporary Debates (UGC Sponsored)
10-11 December 2012
Organized by Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai

Concept Note
Development has generally been identified with economic growth and the consequent growth in per capita income. The social, human and environmental aspects of economic development remained on the margins of the development discourse for a long time. It was only after the 1990's,that there was a perceptible shift in the focus of development planning from mere economic growth to development as the process of enhancing people's capabilities for improving their quality of life.
It is in the context of this development paradox that this two day conference seeks to engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the development discourse in contemporary times.  


  • To explore the colonial legacy of the post independence international development aid industry
  • To engage with and explore ways in which an upward development strategy can be maintained without compromising on principles of equity, inclusion and sustainability
  • To debate and deliberate upon issues of governance in development
  • To interrogate the current growth model built on consumption for wealth creation and to explore alternative ways of measuring growth and development.

Subthemes of the conference

  • Historicising Development (Situating the colonial legacy of 'Development')
  • Governance and Development (community participation, role of NGO's, role of social capital, RTI, local and urban self government)
  • Gender and Development (Engendering development, microfinance and women),
  • The Politics of Development and Social Movements ( land acquisition, mining, power projects,environment, development induced displacement)
  • Towards a New Paradigm (inclusive, sustainable and participatory models of development)
  • Cultural spaces as markers of developmental change (Performance in the public domain, literary festivals)
Call For Papers
Papers are invited from academicians, researchers, activists on any of the subthemes of the conference. You are requested to send a brief abstract of your paper latest by 15th October 2012. The abstract should not exceed 500 words. The full length papers of accepted abstracts should be between 4000 to 5000 words and typed with double line spacing in Times New Roman 12pt. in MS-Word. The full length paper should be submitted to the Seminar Coordinator in a soft copy through e-mail,, All the papers presented in the seminar will be published in an edited volume.

The following are important dates to remember to meet the deadlines of the conference.
  • Title of the paper and brief Abstract of 500 words: 15th October 2012
  • Confirmation of acceptance of the Abstract: 1st November 2012
  • Last date for sending the full/final paper: 20th November 2012

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