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Rethinking the politics of global development 
Indrajit Roy (University of York)
Sam Hickey (University of Manchester)
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Rethinking development
Wednesday 30 June, 10:00-11:45 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

This roundtable invites critical comment on the manuscript of a new textbook titled "Global Development Politics", authored by Roy and Hickey and forthcoming with Routledge. Aimed at masters students, the textbook hopes to further ongoing efforts at decolonising and diversifying our discipline.

Long Abstract

The proposed roundtable will bring together scholars and practitioners to discuss the manuscript of a new textbook titled "Global Development Politics". The textbook is authored by the conveners and in preparation, under contract with Routledge.

The textbook begins with the premise that the world as we know is it is changing. It introduces students to the changing political dynamics of global development through an interrogation of prevailing perspectives in the discipline.

The book contributes to ongoing efforts at decolonising and diversifying the study and teaching of development politics by challenging the Eurocentrism of the discipline. It departs from existing material on development politics by exposing students to:

1. A framework of "connected knowledges" (Bhambra, 2014) that integrates perspectives of decolonisation and diversification in the study of global development politics;

2. The colonial relations of power that structured inequalities between the Global North and Global South well after the formal dismantling of empires;

3. A transforming global order heralded by the emergence of the BRICS and associated new forms of Global South-led multilateralism

4. Interdisciplinary literatures that draw on political science, anthropology, geography and economics to direct attention to the role of actors in both state and society in the politics of development.

Discussants will offer comments on the ways in which emerging themes of decolonisation and diversification of the curriculum shape research and teaching on the politics of global developments. Discussants include: Vasudha Chotray (UEA), David Booth (ODI), Olivia Rutazibwa (Portsmouth) and Karuti Kanyinga (Nairobi).