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Aesthetics of the majority world for a more representative and inclusive practice of social justice and development studies; putting the book down and playing the music 
Zoe Marriage (SOAS University of London)
Bilge Sahin (International institute of Social Studies)
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Ana Paz
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Embedding justice in development
G51a, ground floor Main Building
Wednesday 26 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

An aesthetic lens brings into focus sets of perspectives, narratives and conceptual frameworks that are illegible to socio-economic methodologies. This panel presents research that amplifies performing artists and local medias in their articulation of, and struggles for, social justice & development

Long Abstract:

Aesthetics, arts, photography, music and local medias provide insights into social groups, their priorities and dynamics regarding social justice and development. People use aesthetics with their political imaginaries, socio-economic positions, and gendered subjectivities to consolidate and contest justice, development policies and the notion of development itself. This could be done by re-interpreting and appropriating an existing body of images for radically new purposes or by creating a new body of images, dance, music or other aesthetic forms that represent communities, identities, histories and interests. While achieving development, whose definition may vary, might remain elusive, the significance of the aesthetic is undiminished. Utopian and ideal imaginings present a different order of reality; they are linked to the material world although what they represent exists as memory, spirituality, metaphor or ambition.

The panel will examine aesthetic forms from the majority world that construct narratives in their cultural, political, and gendered contexts. Presenters will bring context and data from aesthetic forms, and invite the attendees to engage directly with the aesthetic content and format with a view to understanding and acknowledgement beyond the written or spoken word. The discussant will then draw strands from across the papers to capture diverse and distinct projections of social justice and development. The panel will deliberate how agency manifests through aesthetics especially for those marginalised politically, socially, and economically. The discussions will provide a perspective, narrative and independent conceptual framework; as such they are crucially important to a representative and inclusive account of social justice and development.

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Session 1 Wednesday 26 June, 2024, -