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The State of the Union: Reflections on Democracy and Division in and beyond the United States of America

Democracy is in crisis. The United States—once viewed as the world’s most stable democracy—is witnessing a surge of right-wing extremism, nationalism, and authoritarian populism fueled, in part, by conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns, white supremacy, and toxic masculinity. These forces converged in a literal attack on democracy during an insurrection at the Capitol building in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. More globally, a recent “democratic recession” seems to have halted if not reversed the third wave of democratization (Diamond 2015), and everywhere there are signs of the deterioration of political rights and civil liberties (Abramowitz 2018), the erosion of citizens’ trust in government (Pew Research Center 2017), and growing disaffection with democratic norms and institutions (Foa and Mounk 2017).

This moment and the challenges it presents—including challenges to the cause of human development and justice—demand scholarly attention. To help facilitate such attention, the North American Regional Network of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, is hosting a webinar with a distinguished group of panelists to discuss the state of democracy—both recent events and broader trends—on February 19th at 11:00AM EST. Our hope is this panel will help to start a discussion within the human development paradigm about threats and challenges to democracy around the globe.

Panelists:

David A. Crocker, Research Professor Emeritus at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, USA.

Chloe Schwenke, president and founder of the Center for Values in International Development. 

Eddy M. Souffrant, faculty member of the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Frances Stewart, emeritus professor of Development Economics. Director of the Oxford Department of International Development (1993-2003) and the  Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (2003-2010). 

HDCA Webinar North American Network HDCA Videos
90 minutes

HDCA Teacher Workshop 2 – Teaching at Undergraduate Level

In this second event in our Teacher Workshop series we focussed on developments and ideas for teaching about human development and the CA at undergraduate level. We welcomed teachers who are currently teaching on this subject to join us for this event and the workshop was open to members and non-members of the HDCA.

Stacy Kosko (University of Maryland, US) presented a simulation exercise she uses with her students to think about human development ethics. This offered a rich insight into a group activity that enables key issues to be drawn out and developed in an engaging way. Stacy has kindly shared resources that she used in the workshop including her teaching notes and a map for use in setting up the simulation .  Please acknowledge Stacy and her colleagues if you choose to draw on them in your own teaching.

HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
62 minutes

“Bouncing Back or Bouncing Forward: social resilience, social rights and capabilities in the post-Covid19 Europe”

SPEAKERS
Federico Ciani, Phd – University of Florence and ARCO (Action Research for Co-Development)
Prof. Rune Halvorsen – Oslo Metropolitan University
Prof. Jean-Michel Bonvin – Université de Genève

CHAIR: Prof. Mario Biggeri – University of Florence and ARCO (Action Research for Co-Development; Co-ERN Coordinator)
CONVENOR: Caroline Hart, PhD – University of Sheffield (HDCA Co-Education Officer; Co-ERN Coordinator)

HDCA Webinar 2021 European Network HDCA Videos
90 minutes

Health & Disability Thematic Group: PhD work in progress

This webinar offers the opportunity to hear about exciting work in progress that is likely to be of interest to many in our thematic group and beyond.
“Implementing and evaluating capability care for patients with neuromuscular disease” – Bart Bloemen (Radboud UMC, the Netherlands)

“Health capability profile of people living with chronic hepatitis B virus in rural Senegal, a research protocol” – Marion Coste (Aix-Marseille University, France)

“Quality of life for young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions” – Isabella Floredin (University of Bristol, UK)

“Interdepartmental relationships and tensions: initial findings on the complexities of delivering a national social assistance for disability programme” – Zara Trafford (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

HDCA Webinar Health and Disability HDCA Videos
82 minutes

Rethinking Participatory Research in the Pandemic Era

Panelists: Alex A. Frediani, University College London, and Melanie Walker, University of the Free State

In these times of the pandemic, for us as academics, researchers and practitioners who are carrying out our work using participatory approaches, the lockdowns, restrictions on travel, connectivity problems, and the declining availability of stakeholders has serious implications for the quality and the validity of the participatory inquiries and outcomes of our projects.

Through this discussion, we wish to create a collective learning space to come out with options and alternatives that could be adopted to stay true to the principles and processes of participatory research in the pandemic era. What are the frameworks within the capability approach that enable us to understand the present crisis through participatory research? What have been the lived experiences of the researchers in taking forward their participatory work? Is there scope for methodological negotiations and alternatives that could be recommended for participatory researchers to be able to do justice to their research agenda and objectives?

HDCA Webinar Participatory Methods HDCA Videos
122 minutes

Plenary 1: “A story about the time we had a global pandemic and how it affected my life and work as a critical Indigenous scholar”

Keynote Speaker: Linda Smith Waikato University

Discussants:
Kerry Taylor Head, School of Humanities, Massey University
Apirana Pewhairangi Cultural Advisor, 2020HDCA Maori Advisory Group, Massey University
Cynthia White Pro Vice Chancellor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University
Ingrid Robeyns Political philosopher/Chair ethics of institutions, Utrecht University

HDCA Conference 2020 HDCA Videos
73 minutes
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