CfP: International Development Ethics Association, San José, Costa Rica, 21.-24. Juli 2014

26. Feb 2014

10th International Conference and 30th Anniversary of the
International Development Ethics Association

Development Ethics Contributions for a Socially Sustainable Future

San José, Costa Rica, July 21-24*, 2014

Organized by The International Development Ethics Association
with Vicerrectoría de Investigación, Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, Escuela de Filosofía and Maestría en Desarrollo Sostenible

Rethinking the concept of development: Lessons and limits of development ethics
Global Inequality and sustainability: Are these the main problems of development?
Capitalism: what lessons and varieties may lead to socially and environmentally sustainable futures?
Ethically driven transitions to resilient cities and communities: Lessons from the bottom up
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Development as Freedom, gender equity, capacity building and deployment
Development ethics in Latin America
The ideas of Denis Goulet in the context of current development trends and challenges
Who drives development?
Agricultural sustainability, food justice and food sovereignty
As well as any other theoretical and practical topics within the field of Development Ethics

Papers should examine these issues from diverse theoretical and conceptual perspectives including philosophical argument, empirical analysis, examinations of policy, and action strategies.  The conference will engage scholars and practitioners from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines and activities (including philosophy and other humanities, social sciences, policy studies, development, social work, NGOs, local and global agencies and organizations, government officials and policy makers). IDEA particularly welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners in the global south.

Plenary speakers will participate in mixed plenary panels. Concurrent panels will include development ethics, political economy of development, and presentations of case studies. A one-day workshop retreat to discuss the ways forward for IDEA and to visit some communities in the countryside is planned. The official languages of the conference will be English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation in Spanish.

PLENARY SPEAKERS INCLUDE:  David A. Crocker, Luis Camacho, Adela Cortina, Jay Drydyk, Nigel Dower, Des Gasper, Asuncion Lera St. Clair, Paul B.Thompson and Alejandra Boni.

Proposals in English or Spanish should be submitted no later than April 1, 2014 to and should include: 1) An abstract of 500 words suitable for anonymous review; 2) Name, affiliation, and contact information on a separate page; 3) A biography of under 100 words (for the conference program).

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*An optional field visit is planned for July 24.