CFP: The changing landscape of the global political economy and foreign aid: has the Cold War ended? (Estonia, July-August 2014)

Ela Drazkiewicz's picture

I would like to draw your attention to the panel I am co-organising at the
conference of the European Association of Social Anthropology, which this
year will take place in Tallin (31st July-3rd August). I believe the topic
might be interesting to academics representing various disciplines, hence
my advert at this forum.

The deadline for submitting your papers is 27 February! To submit your
paper proposal you must register through the conference website (the link
is below).

*CFP: The changing landscape of the global political economy and foreign
aid: has the Cold War ended? (EASA 2014)*

The panel aims to counter the existing debates on 'new donors' which by
ignoring the Cold War history of development are facilitating the
reformulation of mainstream discourses of development. What are the chances
for 'non-traditional' donors to include their perspectives in the global

*Long Abstract*

This panel deals with the contemporary changing landscape of the global
political economy and foreign aid, and explores the fuzzy boundaries
between national and international governance and the tension in the
ethical and practical motivations of global, national and local actors.

The existence and wide usage of categories such as 'traditional' vs. 'new'
donors - coinciding not only with the distribution of power in the colonial
era and Cold War divisions, but also with the existing world division -
reveals the dominant position of Western actors and the ongoing
naturalisation of their activities. By the persuasive naturalisation of
their own 'traditional' presence in development, and by questioning the
practices of 'emerging donors', these 'established' actors have set the
tone for the existing debates about development. Even though the history of
development is rooted in the rivalry between the First and the Second
World, this past has largely been neglected. The dismissal of the past has
strong political implications facilitating reformulation of mainstream
development discourses and changes in the modes of global governance.

For that reasons, this panel has a twofold aim. First, we invite papers
aiming to counter the existing debates ignoring the 50-year Cold War history
of development, and investigating the past involvement of non-Western
donors in international development. Secondly we are looking for
presentations which though historically motivated, are asking the question
about the contemporary possibilities for 'non-traditional' donors
(including private agencies/foundations) for including their national and
other perspectives in the current debates about development.

This is a call for papers for the Panel of Anthropology of International
Governance Network at the *EASA 2014 (European Association of Social
Anthropologists Biennial Conference)*

*Location*: Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia

*Date*: 31st July - 3rd August 2014 (the date of the panel tbc)


Ela Drazkiewicz, PhD (National University of Ireland Maynooth)
Alessandro Iandolo (London School of Economic and Political Science)

Patty Gray, PhD (National University of Ireland Maynooth)

To propose a paper please go to

If you have any questions regarding this panel, or the topic we wish to
discuss, you can contact the convenor directly via email:

With best wishes,

Ela Drazkiewicz

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz, PhD
Marie Curie Fellow,
Anthropology Department
NUI Maynooth, Ireland

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