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  1. 2023 HDCA Conference – Sofia, Bulgaria

    The conference will take place from 11-13 September, 2023

    Hosted by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IPS-BAS), Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Open Society Institute – Sofia (OSIS), Trust for Social Achievement (TSA), and Sustainable Cooperation (SCOOP)

    ‘Vulnerability, human development and cooperative re-building in turbulent times’

    We are living in turbulent times, times characterized by dynamic, deepening inequalities both between and within societies, as well as increased levels of insecurity and vulnerability. The Covid 19 pandemic, climate change, ecological disasters, famine war in Ukraine and many other conflicts around the world, have  deepened these trends. The consequences are evident in human and non-human life posing multilayered obstacles to human development.  Between 2020 and 2021, the human development index contracted for all countries.

    Vulnerability is a feature of humanity. Martha Nussbaum notes the need for societies to acknowledge their citizens are needy and vulnerable. If vulnerability is an enduring aspect of the human condition, it needs to be addressed by individuals, collectives and institutions. The recent Covid-19 crisis demonstrated that human vulnerability is universal. But it is also shaped and experienced differently depending on economic, political and social environments.

    There are no ready, easily applied and transferable answers about how individuals and societies can cope with vulnerability amidst many emerging challenges across the world. However, there are some lessons to be learned. All crises remind us how much human lives are interrelated. In order to flourish, our societies need more cooperation at all levels – local, national and global. We need a balance between striving for individual goods and the promotion of public goods. Innovations can help, but an inclusive usage of digital technologies is necessary.

    Recent manifestations of human vulnerability raise questions about how the capability approach and the human development paradigm can help, in the contemporary context, in thinking through some of the questions of changing capability sets across social divisions of race, class, gender, age, disability and nationality. Applying the capability approach can encourage studying who benefits and who loses from recent societal developments. How is development as freedom as outlined by Amartya Sen, possible under these circumstances? Are there capabilities that can promote prosperity, hope and re-imagined futures in our contemporary world?

    https://www.conftool.org/hdca2023

  2. 2020 HDCA Conference – Online (Auckland, NZ)

    A very special thank you to everyone who participated in, or otherwise supported the realisation of, our 2020 HDCA Conference. Due to COVID-19 and the corresponding global need for strict social distancing, we had to shift gear and turn the conference into an all-online event. We were thrilled that it was so appealing to such a large number of presenters and audience participants, and that it went so splendidly. It was an incredible pleasure to e-meet so many fantastic people ツ

    Hopefully, many of us will have a chance to meet non-virtually again in the near future. We hear that Antwerp is a beautiful place, among other locations.

    As always, our warmest wishes from Auckland,
    Your 2020 HDCA Conference Organisers

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    Alternatively, you can simply message the conference organisers at 2020HDCA@massey.ac.nz and they will add your address to the email list for you. The organisers are also happy to answer any conference-related questions at that address.

     

  3. 2024 HDCA Conference – Kolkata, India

    September 24-26, 2024

    Hosted by Pratichi (India Trust), Institute for Development Studies Kolkata, and Health Information Systems Program (HISP)

     

    “Crises, Capabilities and Commitment”

    The 2024 HDCA conference has special significance as 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of HDCA. The conference is being held in Kolkata, West Bengal, India – home of the first HDCA president, Professor Amartya Sen. The conference theme of Crises, Capabilities and Commitment has been chosen because the inter-linkages between these three ideas require in depth discussion.

    Many multi-faceted crises assail us. Some are global in scope, linked with the assault on our environment, violent conflicts, pandemics and humanitarian challenges. Some crises emerge from episodic events. Others emerge less dramatically linked with a backlash to transformations in social relations, or technologies. Crises, both episodic and cumulative, reveal deep inequalities in capabilities. Crises may be associated with both ‘loud’ and ‘silent’ capability deprivations, in areas such as education, health, disability, political participation and wellbeing. The immediate and visible fallout from crises may precipitate further inequalities in capabilities linked to loss of income and employment, inequity, food insecurity malnutrition, and polarization between groups. The conference will be a setting to discuss the forms of commitment needed to analyze and address many interlinked crises and their stress on capabilities.

     

  4. News and Events from the Early Career Researchers and Practitioners Network (ECRPN)

    …re welcome to join for an informal discussion on Clementia’s work. The Work-in-progress online session is the network’s new initiative to share work-in-progress, facilitate developmental improvements together with senior and established scholars and practitioners of the HDCA. Those with interest in sharing their work are welcome to write to the ECRPN Coordinators to together explore possibilities for future sessions. b) Update on the HDCA Mentorsh…

  5. Online Access

    …can read issues of the Journal of Human Development & Capabilities (JHDC) online and download articles as PDFs, including the full archives of past issues. Please click below to access the online and digital articles (it only works if you are already logged in to the HDCA website with your HDCA user name). Become a member to access the journal. Become a member to access the journal A personal subscription to the Journal of Human Development & Cap…

  6. CfP: Towards 2030: Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. A Sociological Perspective

    …or-market issues, Social insurance, Working poor, Precarity, Remote work Co-Editors: – Andrzej Klimczuk, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland – Minela Kerla, The Association of Online Educators, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Magdalena Klimczuk-Kochańska, University of Warsaw, Poland – Piotr Toczyski, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland – Delali A. Dovie, University of Ghana, Ghana SUBMISSION: Papers should be submitted through this link, using…

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