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SOAS Department of Development Studies News 

October 2016
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Twenty five years of development at SOAS
As SOAS celebrates its centenary this year, the department is celebrating 25 years of development studies at SOAS. We have come a long way over the past 25 years, in size of staff and student numbers, and in the geographical and disciplinary reach of our research. The first development studies degree was run by the Department of Geography. When the new Department of Development Studies was created 20 years ago, it took over this small course, and developed it alongside its growing masters programme. Today we have a joint BA degree, a new full BA Development Studies programme, seven large taught masters programmes, and a flourishing research degree programme. For 25 years development studies has been at the heart of SOAS research and teaching activity, as it will for the next 25 and far, far beyond.
The Department runs several thematic seminar series each term to highlight key debates in development studies, including the Development Studies seminar series, the Agrarian Change seminars, the Labour, Movements and Development seminars and the Professional Practice seminars.
Some upcoming highlights include:
Leading heterodox economist Professor Anwar Shaikh (New School, New York) recently visited the Department to present his new book Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises to a packed audience. His presentation can be viewed on the Department’s You Tube Channel together with other past events.
New books
Recent and upcoming books from Department staff. 
Three new books by the Department's staff have either been published or are forthcoming shortly:
Recent posts from Development Studies Department blog include The Department's Artist in Residence, Miriam Nabarro, recently wrote a post entitled  ‘Art Refuge UK about recent work in Calais’ for our Violence Conflict and Development programme blog.

From our MSc Labour, Social Movements and Development programme blog ‘Active Students or Unaware Workers?’ by Eva Herman.
Department news 
Michael Jennings has taken over from Laura Hammond as the new Head of Department. Richard Axelby has joined the Department as Lecturer in Political Ecology of Development.

The Department has been awarded three new post-doctoral fellowships under the ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme: The Department has also appointed two new Senior Fellows - playwright Anders Lustgarten and Director of Positive Negatives Benjamin Dix.  
Current and former students at the first 'Development Studies - old and new' social gathering in London, 21 October 2016. The event was designed to grow a more connected network of Development Studies students and alumni and build solidarity and support during and beyond life at SOAS. The next gathering will take place on 16 December, Canal 125 Pub, London. Contact Johanna Christina Naradzay on for more information. 
Other academic publications
New articles published by Department staff include:

Henry Bernstein 'An Interview with Henry Bernstein' (Journal of Agrarian Change), 'Agrarian political economy and modern world capitalism: the contributions of food regime analysis' (The Journal of Peasant Studies), ‘Agriculture/industry, rural/urban, peasants/workers: some reflections on poverty, persistence and change’ (book chapter) and ‘Revisiting agrarian transition: reflections on long histories and current realities’ (book chapter).  

Christopher Cramer, Deborah Johnston, Carlos Oya and John Sender 'Fairtrade and Labour Markets in Ethiopia and Uganda' (Journal of Development Studies).

Adam Hanieh 'Absent Regions: Spaces of Financialisation in the Arab World' (Antipode) and 'Egypt's Long Revolution' (Development and Change).

Zoe Marriage 'Aid to Rwanda: Unstoppable Rock, Immovable Post' (book chapter) and 'Peace and the Killing: Compatible Logics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.' (book chapter).

Alessandra Mezzadri 'Class, gender and the sweatshop: on the nexus between labour commodification and exploitation' (Third World Quarterly), 'Working poverty in many sizes: A survey of Delhi garment workers challenges key assumptions in the labour standards debate' (Global Labour Column), Review of ‘Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics As If All People Mattered (Gender & Development), and Review of 'Labour state and society in rural India' (Journal of Agrarian Change).

Leandro Vergara-Camus ‘Why Social Movements Matter for Addressing Inequalities and Ensuring Social Justice’ (World Social Science Report 2016) and ‘Tomando el Control: Autonomía, subsistencia y de-mercantilización. Gérmenes de Otra Economía en las luchas de los Zapatistas en Chiapas y los Sin Tierra en Brasil’ (book chapter).

All recent publications by Department staff can be viewed through SOAS Research Online.
Participants at the 2016 Feminist Economics and Development Summer School at SOAS, co-convened by Alessandra Mezzadri (#fedsummerschool). The Department's Feyzi Ismail and Tim Pringle also convened a NGOs and Social Movements: The Politics of Protest and Change Summer School.
Media and analysis 

The Department's experts are often called upon to provide commentary and analysis on topical events. Recent highlights include:
Speaking engagements

The Department's Leandro Vergara-Camus will give a keynote address entitled 'Why social movements matter for achieving social justice' to the Annual Conference of the Development Studies Association of Ireland, Dublin (24-25 November 2016). 

Henry Bernstein gave a presentation at launch of Russian translation of his book 'Class Dynamics of Agrarian Change' at the Institute of Agrarian Studies, Moscow and was part of a plenary panel on '50 Years of Debate on Peasantries 1966--2016', World Congress of Rural Sociology, Toronto.

Adam Hanieh gave two lectures at the University of Torino Summer School on 'The political economy of the Middle East: resources, strategies and politics'.

Guy Standing gave the 'The Corruption of Capitalism', opening signature lecture in the Contesting Globalisation series organised by the Transnational Law Institute, King's College London, UK, and gave a TEDx talk on basic income, TEDx Klagenfurt (Austria).
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