Past Events

The Corruptions of Development

A Global South Forum on Discourses and Practices of Corruption

Friday, March 26, 2021, 11:00–12:30 EST on Zoom


Sudhir Chella Rajan (Madras Institute of Technology)
Nergis Canefe (York University)
Pablo Idahosa (York University)

Moderation: Viviana Patroni and Anna Zalik (York U.)

Sponsored by the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change; Undergraduate & Graduate Programs in Development Studies; African Studies; Founders College; and York Centre for Asian Research, York University, Toronto

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Fanonian Futures

A Global South Forum on the Actuality of Frantz Fanon

Friday, February 26, 2021 1:15–3 p.m. EST on Zoom


Mireille Fanon-Mendès-France (Fondation Frantz Fanon)
Jane Gordon (University of Connecticut)
Gamal Abdel-Shehid (York University)
Ayyaz Mallick (York University)

Moderation: Pablo Idahosa and Stefan Kipfer (York U.)

Sponsored by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, the Graduate and Undergraduate programs in Development Studies and African Studies, the York Centre for Asian Research, and the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto

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Development Studies 2021 Colloquium

Development Studies 2021 Colloquium
February 12, 12:3–2:30
Development Research in Times of COVID: Adapting to On-line Interviews and Research

This is an activity organized by our second year students. You are all invited! please join us via zoom at:

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Global South Forum on Neopopulism

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 3:00pm


  • Shubhara Gururani, Associate Professor and Chair,
    Department of Anthropology, York University
  • Mohamed Sesay, Assistant Professor,
    Department of Social Science, York University
  • Jeffery Webber, Associate Professor,
    Department of Politics, York University


  • Ilan Kapoor, Professor,
    Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

Sponsored by: the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and the Department of International Development Studies, York University, Toronto

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The Political Economy of Externally Financing Social Policy in Developing Countries

Tuesday March 3rd, 2020
280N York Lanes, 2:30–4:30pm

Dr. Andrew M. Fischer
Institute of Social Studies (The Hague), Erasmus University Rotterdam

Dr Fischer presents some principal findings arising from his research project (Aiding Social Protection) funded by the European Research Council. Mainly focusing on cash transfer (CT) programmes, two-fold issues are explored in examining official financing for social protection programmes in developing countries. The first is monetary-financial, and how external funding is channelled into social expenditures. The second focuses on how financial and non-financial external influences play into the political economy of social policy as a key site in these countries’ local distributive and redistributive struggles. Among many other things, he will highlight the often-contradictory tensions recipient governments must address so as to preserve policy space when facing various international development agendas and aid modalities, while re-examining understandings about the origins and motivations regarding the adoption and expansion of CT programmes, and the politics around recipient government ‘ownership’ of them.

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Biodiversity, Climate Change and Livelihood

A Vietnamese Perspective
Friday February 14th, 2020
802 South Ross, 12:30–2:30pm

Ly Anh Hoàng
Hanoi Law University, Viet Nam

Vietnam has moved from a low-income to middle-income economy, howwever the associated fast growth has also caused numerous environmental and social issues relating to biodiversity and livelihood, expecially under the impact of climate change. In this talk, Dr. Hoang will address these problems as both specific and interrelated issues and suggest ways of tackling these issues in Vietnam

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Development Studies Colloquium Panel #2

Development Studies Internships and Fieldwork
Thursday February 6th, 2020
305 Founders College, 2:30–4:30pm

Graduate Students of DVST will be discussing their Summer 2019 Fieldwork and Internship experiences.

Gabeyre A.
Katherine R.
Natalia U.
Tayba H.
Ziad A.M

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"Chile Desperto"

Chile's Ongoing Social Rebellion: A Warning of the Terminal Crisis of Neoliberalism
Tuesday January 28th, 2020
303 Founders College, 3:00–5:00pm

This seminar will allow a conversation on the multifaceted challenges facing Chile and on the country's significance as a warning for other neoliberal capitalist projects that have subjected their populations to the norm of the market.

Speaker: Verónica Schild
Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Global Studies at Huron College

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Unequal Orders: Immanuel Wallerstein and the Global South

Wednesday January 22nd, 2020
519 Kaneff Tower, 2:30–4:30pm

This panel is to facilitate open conversations about many of the critical contributions of Immanuel Wallerstein to the understanding of both global hierarchies of power and domination, and the paths out of them.

Moderator: Anna Zalik, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Panelists: Abidin Kusno, Faculty of Environmental Studies; Ilan Kapoor, Faculty of Environmental Studies; Pablo Idahosa, Development Studies; Viviana Patroni, Development Studies.

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Rule of Law Promotion: Reinforcing Domination through the Internationalization of Legal Norms

Thursday January 16th, 2020
305 York Lanes, 2:30–4:30pm

While rule of law promotion has faced severe criticisms for failing to improve governance worldwide, its institutional and normative frameworks are still defended as legitimate and capable of engineering positive social change particularly in conflict-affected countries. Departing from this benign and deferential characterization, I argue that the rule of law promotion as a means of social domination over local economies, politics, and societies has been, historically, core to international efforts. The promotion strategies and actors may have changed but the project remains underpinned by the threefold objectives of opening the local economy to global capital, expanding state authority into the hinterland, and reforming cultural practices considered repugnant to Western civilization.

Professor Mohamed Sesay is an Assistant Professor in Criminology and International Development Studies, both programs in the Department of Social Science, York University.

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Redrafting Alliances: Labour and a New Transition in Argentina

Wednesday January 15th, 2020
802 South Ross, 1:30–3:00pm

This seminar seeks to account for the changes the labour movement in Argentina has undergone since early in the new century, in the transitions from the ultra-neoliberal regimes of the last decades of the previous century; to governments more akin to the demands of some sectors of the working class; back to conservatism; and since this last December 2019, a new transition that might be yet the most conflictive since the return to democracy almost 30 years ago. with: Dr. Viviana Patroni, Associate Professor, Department of Social Science

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Rethabile’s Story: Decent Work Regulation in Africa

Wednesday November 20th, 2019
519 Kaneff Tower, 2:30–4:00pm

In the garment factories of Maseru, Lesotho, workers make clothes to be sold in the United States and South Africa. What is day-to-day life like in the factories? Let ex-factory worker Rethabile take you to the places she used to work, meet her friends, and describe her role in the Decent Work Regulation project. This is Rethabile’s Story, followed by a discussion led by York University Assistant Professor Kelly Pike on the challenges for regulating labour standards in global supply chains.

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Graduate Development Studies at York

October 23rd, 2019
An interdisciplinary approach to the possibilities within international development
An Information Session about our MA program
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
2:30–4:30 in 701 South Ross

Refreshments will be served

Graduate students in our 5-term MA enhance their knowledge through a carefully-crafted program offering rigorous academic training, practical field research and professional development.

For further program and contact information, please visit us at:

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May 16, 2018

Precarious Workers Organizing in Canada and the Americas

A conversation on the rise of precarious and informal work, the survival strategies of precarious workers and the ways in which they have been organizing across the Americas.

Chris Tilly
Chris Tilly is a professor of urban planning at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and an expert on labour markets, inequality, urban development and public policies directed toward better jobs.

Connie Sorio
Connie Sorio works at KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives in Toronto and is the current Migrant Justice Coordinator. In this
position, she has supported the work of local networks on temporary foreign workers in Canada.

Santiago Escobar
Santiago Escobar is the National Representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) of Canada. Along
with the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA), he has advocated for migrant workers’ rights, specially for access to collective bargaining.

Marcelo Manzano
Marcelo Manzano is a professor and a researcher affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Labour Economics and Unionism at the State
University of Campinhas (Brazil). He is an expert in the Brazilian Economy, labour markets, inequality, informality and public policies.

Presented by: The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC), the Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC), Founders College, and the International Development Studies and the Work and Labour Studies Programs at York University.

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November 13, 2018

Decolonizing Development and Imagining Indigenous Futures

in conversation with Dr. Ken Little.

Co-sponsored by the Health & Society Program, International Development Studies Program, Department of Anthropology and CERLAC.

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October 4, 2018

A Celebration of Samir Amin's Life, Work, Politics

hosted by African Studies' John Saul Seminar, Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES), and the Graduate and Undergraduate programs in Development Studies (IDS/DVST).

Pablo Idahosa (Social Science, York U)
"Samir Amin: Scholar, intellectual, activist"

Salimah Valiani (Visiting lecturer, Centre for Research Education and Labour, U. of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA)
"Unequal Exchange and the capitalist world economy"

Viviana Patroni (Social Science, York U) & Anna Zalik (Environmental Studies, York U)
"Intellectual production and the circulation of ideas in the Global South"

Sabah Alnaseri (Politics, York U)
"Alternative to capitalism: delinking and South–South cooperation"

Moderator: Ilan Kapoor (Environmental Studies, York U)

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January 24, 2018

Development Studies celebrates 10th anniversary with film and panel discussion

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Graduate Program in Development Studies invites you to When They Awake, a film by Pedro Marcelino and Hermon Fahari.

When They Awake documents a remarkable generation of established and emerging indigenous musicians in a moment of cultural and political resurgence. In this era of native resurgence, from Idle No More to Standing Rock, indigenous musicians across North America are making their voices heard… and people are starting to listen. Working in every genre from Hip Hop to Rock to EDM and beyond, a generation of native musicians are channeling the pain of the past into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future. It is this generation and their astonishing music that When They Awake bears witness. Featuring more than 20 artists, including modern trailblazers A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Leela Gilday and Iskwé, When They Awake is a magnum opus documenting contemporary indigenous musicians as they transform historical trauma into compelling art.

Film & panel discussion: Miguel Gonzalez, moderator (International Development Studies), Bonita Lawrence (Equity Studies), Pedro Marcelino (co–director), and Brian Wright–McLeod (music journalist & author of The Encyclopedia of Native Music).

Film and panel discussion: Wednesday, January 24th, !:00–3:45pm, Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross.

Co–sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and the departments of Equity Studies and Social Science and Founders College.

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