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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Call for Abstracts: International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2014

25th – 28th November 2014
Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

6th Biennial Conference hosted by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Nau mai, piki mai, haere mai (all welcome!)

The 6th Biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference will highlight indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development. The conference welcomes both oral and poster presentations.  All oral presentations will be 20 mins, plus 5 mins for questions.

Conference Themes
Presentations and papers must address aspects of one of the following themes central to the realisation of indigenous development:
·        Optimising Indigenous Economic Wellbeing – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous communities leading to increased economic independence and self-determination.
·        Healthy and Thriving Indigenous Families – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous families leading to healthy, successful and thriving indigenous families.
·        Enhancing Indigenous Distinctiveness –  understanding the distinctive contributions that indigenous communities – people, knowledge, assets, resources – do and may yet make to the world.  Opportunities for development that may not be sourced from any other community or population.

Underpinning the above themes are the following outcomes, all presentations are to include one or more of the following critical aspects:
·        Embracing Indigenous Worldviews and Knowledge Creation– the development of indigenous approaches to and methodologies of knowledge creation, exploring indigenous worldviews and understanding the contribution of these approaches to world knowledge.
·        Furthering Excellent Indigenous Research Capability – what is the nature of the indigenous research capability? How is this achieved? How can we harness new technologies? What do we mean by excellence in indigenous research capability? Do any current models exist? What models exist in the histories of indigenous communities?
·        Indigenous Action Taking and Transformation – what is the ‘bridge’ between indigenous development research and positive change in our communities? How can we ensure that the outcomes and benefits of our research do get into the hands of those who can make change in our communities? How is positive change achieved through our research?

Submitting an Abstract
Please submit an Abstract (max 200 words) for either an oral or poster presentation by completing the Abstract Submission Form at

Guidelines for abstract submission and presentations can be found on the conference website;  All Abstracts will be assessed by the Conference Abstract Committee.

There is potential for a limited number of panel presentations, please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in convening a panel. There will be a published, reviewed conference proceedings and all accepted authors will be invited to submit their full paper to the conference proceedings.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission open: February 2014              Abstracts Submission close: 1 April 2014
Notification of Abstract Outcome: 16 June
Proceedings Submissions open: 1 July 2014            Proceedings Submission close: 1 October 2014
Registrations Open: February 2014                          Early bird registration deadline: 4 July 2014

Contact for abstract, panel and paper queries:

‘Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion in a Changing India – Social Policy between Development and Growth?’

There are still few places left to present in the symposium 'Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion in a Changing India – Social Policy between Development and Growth?' at this year's Social Policy Association conference, which will be held at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, 14th-16th July 2014. The symposium aims to continue the conversation between the DSA and SPA, and particularly to follow the inaugural workshop of the Indian Social Policy Association in late March (see: for more details).

We are interested in work discussing all aspects of social policy and social politics in contemporary India and South Asia but particularly encourage contributions directly addressing the symposium abstract (see below). We also want to specifically invite PhD students to respond to this call. Please feel free to share this information with colleagues in your respective Departments - part of this exercise is to publicise the new Indian Social Policy Association and connect more potential members based in the UK and Europe with Dr. Keerty Nakray.

The deadline for abstract submissions is fast approaching (Feb 7th 2014 - i.e. next Friday) - so if you are interested, please act fast and contact Stefan Kühner,, for more details and with any questions you may have.

Poverty reduction and social inclusion in a changing India – social policy between development and growth?

There is a recognised link between social policy and development and a growing need to establish social policy studies at the forefront of growth agendas at the national and international level. The contribution to development of Social Policy as an academic field of inquiry and social policies in action is particularly pressing in middle-income countries such as the BRICs and MINTs, where growth has been relatively strong in the recent decade but where social problems such as large-scale material poverty and social exclusion act as a brake on potential. The necessity of engaging with the concerns of social policy internationally, is evidenced further by the existence of trends that affect all countries including: persistent and multidimensional inequalities leaving large proportions of national populations highly vulnerable and insecure; the reconfiguration of social risks through increased casualisation of labour markets; and the changing relationship between public, corporate and third sector actors in the fields of welfare and development. This symposium will discuss the relevance and applicability of insights from global social policy developments and Social Policy research specifically to India and South East-Asia. Contributions will consider linkages between specific poverty reduction and social protection programmes and outcomes, such as human well-being, equality, capabilities, freedom and (inclusive) growth. The symposium is convened by the newly constituted Indian Social Policy Association, which aims to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching and research between India and the United Kingdom, in co-operation with the Development Studies Association and Social Policy Association.

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