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We invite 10 minute viewpoints from diaspora members, creative/policy practitioners and researchers examining the intersections between diasporic communities, civil society and global development. Interventions can take any form as part of a roundtable discussion.
Diasporic communities are significant development actors, harnessed by states and the global development community, and mobilised through (transnational) civil society. This roundtable discussion will examine the intersections between diasporic communities, civil society and global development. We therefore invite perspectives from diaspora members, policy makers, civil society groups, creative practitioners and academics to speak to the question 'In what ways can diasporic engagement in civil society and civic space unsettle D/development?'.
We welcome both empirical and theoretical viewpoints, in different styles (e.g. speech, video, images or creative writing), focussing on questions such as:
- how changing civic space is (re)shaping diasporic engagement with global development through volunteering, entrepreneurship and creativity;
- the role or place of institutions and civil society organisations;
- how diasporic-led development, sometimes critiqued for being exclusionary and neoliberalised, can offer opportunities for resisting and unsettling dominant discourses of D/development;
-the potential for diaspora engagement to produce and organise around alternative narratives of D/development.
- how increasingly hostile immigration regimes and the racialised inequalities made (more) visible and exacerbated by Covid19 are shaping diaspora engagement
These questions aim to provide a foundation for further group discussion around practitioners and researcher experiences. If you would like to be part of the roundtable, please send a summary of your proposed response to the question posed and briefly outline how you will present your perspectives by 8th February 2021 (max 250 words). We are aiming to produce a co-written paper based on our discussions, potentially a viewpoint for Development in Practice.