Call for proposals – CERES Summer School 2018

14 June 2018

Maastricht School of Management is a member of CERES. We are delighted to announce the CERES Summer School 2018, which will take place at Radboud University in Nijmegen on 14 June 2018, with as theme ‘Shifting solidarities – decolonizing development’. Please take a look at the call for papers here below for more information.

Edward Said once wrote, ‘to have been colonized was a fate with lasting, indeed grotesquely unfair results’ (1989; 207). It is a statement that reaches out to the very core of development practice, discourse and research. Present-day international relationships and global fractures and solidarities between and within social groups, nation-states, non-governmental organizations and corporations continue to be shaped by colonial frameworks, thus rendering it impossible to speak of a colonial ‘past’. Rather, we need to recognize the continuation of colonialism today as policy makers, development practitioners, researchers and students. Uncovering the colonial fundaments and ensuing relations within our everyday lives and work enables new ways of imagining and organizing social, political and economic life—and as such build towards a decolonized world founded on inclusivity and social justice. Hence, imagining and working towards a decolonized world requires radically different notions of solidarity and belonging. During the CERES Summer School, we aim to explore current critical reflections and debates within development studies on solidarity and belonging and how these pertain to decolonizing development education, research and practice.

To address these and other pertinent questions, the CERES Research School for Resource Studies for Development, in cooperation with the Radboud University Nijmegen, invites both graduate and postgraduate students as well as (not so) young professionals from any field of study to a one-day summer school in Nijmegen.

Aim of the Summer School
This summer school sets out to bring together academics and practitioners from a wide variety of countries and disciplines in order to discuss these issues. We provide both a ‘traditional’ seminar track as well as a more experimental and freestyle World Café. In the seminar track panels are organized in which research papers or proposals can be presented and discussed. These panels can touch upon a wide variety of topics surrounding solidarity and development, including its social, economic, environmental, political, moral and technological dimensions. Meanwhile World Café sessions give a stage to small groups (max. 10-15 people) who wish to pitch new ideas, intend to discuss the shared understanding of important concepts, or seek to reflect on practices. Examples include an open discussion on the notion of ‘research justice’, a speed session in which participants pitch their research in a sequence of short 5-minute presentations before discussing all topics in an integrative fashion, and the collective reading and interpretation of seminal texts on the topics of solidarity, belonging and decolonizing development.

The Summer School invites papers and full panels that address the above-mentioned themes. Moreover, ‘empty’ suggestions for panels (i.e. only a panel topic) and suggestions for World Café sessions are also very welcome, although we would like to receive these somewhat earlier. The deadlines and other important information can be found below.

Important dates:
Deadline for World Café/Empty panel suggestions: 15 May 2018
Deadline of Abstract/Full Panel Submission: 20 May 2018
Notification of Accepted Abstract/Panel: 25 May 2018
CERES Summer School: 14 June 2018

Abstract submission and application
An abstract of 150 words (including title, author names, affiliation) should be emailed to the organizing committee by 20 May 2018 at the following address:

Registration fee is €7.50. More details on how to apply will follow very soon.

If you have any questions, please contact us by using the email address above.

Members of the organizing committee:
Henry van der Burgt – Radboud University Nijmegen
Marja Spierenburg – Radboud University Nijmegen
Marielle Feenstra – University Twente
Naomi van Stapele – Radboud University Nijmegen
Simon Kuijpers-Heezemans – Radboud University Nijmegen

Reference of quotation:
Said, E. (1989). Representing the Colonized: Anthropology’s Interlocutors. Critical Inquiry 15(2): 205-225.

Please note that photos and videos may be taken during MSM events. If you do not want to be photographed/recorded, please notify the MSM Communications Team in writing prior to the event (

Back to Overview