[Research-l] Call for working groups - 2nd Nordic Conference on Development Research

Tiina Kontinen tiina.kontinen at helsinki.fi
Thu Nov 1 16:17:01 EET 2012

*Call for working groups – Deadline 1st February 2013*

Knowing Development - Developing Knowledge?

2nd Nordic Conference for Development Research

Helsinki, Finland, 14-15 November 2013

Call for working groups is now open:


Looking forward to get your submissions,

the Programme Committee

The role of knowledge production in and for development has been under  
increasing scrutiny. The questions such as “does development aid  
really work?” or “is there value-for the money?” are continuously  
posed by donors as well as politicians and general public. The  
pressures for showing results, outcomes and impacts have grown under  
the trends such as result-based management and evidence-based decision  
making.  These international trends have been under debate in the  
Nordic countries as well and tackled in different ways in their  
development policies and strategies. The search for more systematic  
knowledge production in terms of monitoring, evaluation and impact  
assessment has been evident in multilateral, bilateral, and  
non-governmental development co-operation.

At the same time, there has been increasing multidisciplinary debate  
on the methodologies of knowledge production in such endeavors. The  
debates between experimental, participatory and other methodologies  
have echoed the disciplinary boundaries and general epistemological  
underpinnings within the multidisciplinary field of development  
research. In addition to these methodological debates, an increasing  
body of ethnographic research and theoretical accounts on the  
knowledge practices, forms of indigenous knowledge, and the  
knowledge-power configuration in development has been published.  
Reflecting on such trends and challenges as identified above, which  
are relating to cooperation and support for ‘development’ within a  
framework of global governance, requires again to explore the notion  
of development and the concept(s) of development studies and research.  
We remain concerned with the question, what Development Research is  
able to offer for policy makers and agencies.

The Second Nordic Conference for Development Research provides a  
platform for researchers, government representatives and  
NGO-practitioners to address the dilemmas of knowledge production in  
and for development. The conference aims at dialogue between different  
methodologies and discussion on their potentialities and limitations  
in addressing the riddles of intended change which is at the heart of  
development practice.

The keynote speakers of the conference are Director Ritva Reinikka  
from the World Bank, and Professor David Mosse from SOAS, University  
of London. In plenary sessions we accommodate a number of further high  
standard representatives from different institutions and academic  
fields, from North and South, addressing the questions related to the  
ways of knowledge production, being the objects of knowledge  
production and the knowledge practices within the institutional field  
of development.

We would like to invite proposals for working groups organized around  
topics such as different forms and methodologies of evaluation and  
impact assessment, the role of knowledge production in particular  
cases, the theoretical reflections on the nature of knowledge in  
development, and ethnographic investigation of knowledge practices,  
knowledge-power nexuses and the variety of knowledge in different  

The proposal should include the title, the names and contact  
information of the coordinator(s), and a short description of the  
working group. The coordinators will be in charge of selecting the  
papers for their working group from the submissions received on the  
basis of the call for papers opened in March 2013. The coordinators  
are encouraged to establish working groups with participants from  
different Nordic countries as well as representatives from the  
Southern partner countries.

The proposals should be submitted no later than 1st February to the  
email: fau at diis.dk

For more information, see: http://www.kehitystutkimus.fi/conference/

Important dates:

First call for working groups: 31st October, 2012

Deadline for working group proposals: 1st February, 2013

Decision on the approved working groups: by 15th February 2013

First call for papers:1st March, 2013

Deadline for papers: 15th August, 2013

Decision on the approved papers: by 13 September

Deadline for registration and payment: 30 September

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