International Development Ethics Association Holds Its Bi-Annual Conference for the First Time in the United States at Bryn Mawr on June 9-11

Posted May 12th, 2011 at 2:13 pm.

The Ninth International Conference of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA), titled  “Gender Justice and Development: Local and Global,” is being held June 9-11 at Bryn Mawr College.

The conference is organized by IDEA with Bryn Mawr’s Center for International Studies and the Centre on Values and Ethics (COVE) at Carleton University. Other major sponsors at Bryn Mawr include the Department of Philosophy, the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, the Center for Science in Society, Environmental Studies, the Hepburn Center and many other units and programs.

“While it can be said that the economic and political crises of the new millennium have slowed the pace of commitments to the pursuit of equality for all, debates about how best to promote equality and justice in and through the development process continue,” write the conference organizers. “Many organizations at the local, national, and global levels now understand gender to be a central factor in policies for alleviating poverty or promoting economic growth.”

This is the first time that IDEA is holding its biennial conference in the United States. Previous conferences have been held in places such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Kenya, India, Honduras, Uganda, and Spain.

The theme “Gender Justice and Development: Local and Global” influenced IDEA’s selection of Bryn Mawr College as the host.

“Bryn Mawr’s long history of educating and empowering women, our 125th anniversary celebrations, and President McAuliffe’s commitment to a global vision and to internationalization make this a grand opportunity for Bryn Mawr College as well as for IDEA and the many other sponsors of the conference,” says Philosophy Professor Christine Koggel, co-organizer of the conference.

“Gender, Justice, and Development” will feature plenary speaker Naila Kabeer, professor of development studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. Plenary panel topics include: Care and Justice: Thinking Relationally; Gender and Climate Change; and Empowerment: Local and Global. There will also be 100 papers presented by participants from around the world on a range of issues related to the conference theme. The papers reflect diverse theoretical, conceptual, empirical, practical, and activist perspectives from research areas that include philosophy and the humanities, social sciences, policy studies, development, social work, local and global organizations, and policy makers. The full conference program is available online.

As noted in the program, there is also a post conference panel and field trip on June 12 organized by Mary Osirim.

In addition to reserving spots on the program for faculty to Chair sessions, there is also a team of student volunteers helping organize and run the conference who will be able to attend sessions and mix and mingle with participants from around the world.

Registration for the conference is $120. There is also a day rate of $75. For more information go to the conference website.

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