KARACHI: The 2nd annual international conference — “Development: Discourses and Critiques” — organized by the School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS) in collaboration with the Center for Economics and Business Research (CBER) has started on the main campus of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) on Friday.
The three-day event would end on Sunday (tomorrow).
This year’s theme invites works from a wide range of disciplines to critique, question and reconsider the experiences of transnational, national and subnational actors with the development process.
What does ‘development’ mean to different actors, and how has this narrative evolved over time? How does development define and redefine power relations, what implications does this have for many groups? How did colonial experiences shape futures and how to deconstruct the idea rooted in these experiences?
To encourage innovation and diversity of thinking, the conference welcomed presenters and participants from diverse backgrounds, including Skardu, Sukkur, Gilgit, Quetta and Islamabad, as well as several professors from American universities.
The conference aims to center critical perspectives that help to gain a subtle understanding of social change and development.
Dr. Mushfiq Mobarak, a professor at Yale University, spoke about “seasonal poverty and seasonal migration”. He recognized the forms of poverty that emerged during seasonal changes and highlighted its implications, particularly in the form of seasonal hunger.
The first round table of the first day was entitled “Institutions, governance and inequalities”. The session highlighted various statistics on economic and social inequalities in Pakistan, and also included indigenous communities in the policy-making process and judicial independence in Pakistan.
During the session titled “The Agrarian Crisis and South Asian Political Economy,” Dr. Barbara Harriss-White, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford, shared his extensive knowledge and research on South Asian political economy, particularly on food, energy and aspects of deprivation.
Posted in Dawn, March 26, 2022