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Leaving, Living and Learning: Knowledge Production and its Impact on Designing Just Sustainable Futures 
Shailaja Fennell (University of Cambridge)
Albert Sanghoon Park (University of Cambridge)
Knowledge production
Wednesday 6 July, 13:50-14:30 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

This panel examines knowledge production to recover alternative ways of conceptualising sustainable development policies. It invites diverse subjects and approaches, from urbanisation/migration to human/non-human relations, decolonising knowledge, cross-disciplinary/linguistic analyses, and beyond.

Long Abstract

Sustainable development remains elusive. The mainstream focus on economic growth, on modernity, and the power of science and technology, reduced our human and natural worlds to inputs.

Present conceptions of development and their historiographies remain highly fragmented. Two conspicuous gaps are: (1) a dearth in development interpretations from non-Western languages and transnational spaces, (2) limited analysis of this disjointed knowledge production on sustainable development.

Furthermore, how communities and institutions live, learn, and leave, and are impacted by development policies are erased by these lacunae. Consequently, this panel is open to interdisciplinary and multi-linguistic interventions to recover and re-conceptualise sustainable development ideas and policies.

Sample topics might include:

1. Moving towards non-linear theories and histories of development

2. Recovering lost concepts/conceptions of sustainable development

3. Oppressive relations across human and/or non-human subjects and spaces

We encourage papers that reflect on knowledge production as a means towards imagining just sustainable futures.

The convenors will undertake a collective gaze of the milestones such as the creation of international development institutions in the aftermath of WWI and WWII, and how local and national knowledge production was regarded by these global engagements.

Panelists will upload pre-recorded presentations, and convenors will collate the set of questions from all panelists and discussants. Themes emerging from the questions will be provided by the convenors at the start of the session(s). Each discussant will provide a seven-minute commentary, each panelist has three minutes to respond. The convenors will then moderate and open the floor to questions from the audience.

Accepted papers: