Call for Papers

Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DevNet) 10th Biennial Conference: “Disruption and Renewal”,
5th to 7th December 2018,
University of Canterbury, Christchurch (New Zealand).

“Disruption and Renewal” is evocative of key issues in international development, from climate disruption affecting the Pacific and Asia, to political disruptions in the region such as the refugee crisis in Myanmar and its effects on Bangladesh. Disruption and renewal also closely resonates with the people of Canterbury, given our experiences with the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, and the more recent 2016 earthquake in Kaikoura.

We invite paper proposals that address and problematise “Disruption and Renewal” within the broad field of international development studies. We particularly encourage papers that build on ‘disruptive’ scholarships and/or tackle ‘renewal’ as a space of hopeful possibility, innovation and practical policy recommendation for the future.

Abstract submission format

Abstracts can be submitted through the online form found here.  You will need to provide the following information:

  • Title of the paper;
  • Abstract: maximum 200 words;
  • Up to five keywords;
  • Name(s) of author(s), affiliations and full contact details;
  • Who will be presenting the paper;
  • The type of session to which you are submitting.

Submission deadline extended to 12 noon NZ time on 16 July.

Types of sessions

Abstracts must be submitted to one of the following sessions:

  1. Contributed paper sessions: Open abstract submission on any development-related topic. Papers submitted to these sessions will be grouped with other similar papers.
  2. Themed sessions: Seven of the sessions included in the conference are inviting abstracts on the following specific topics (a more detailed description of these sessions can be found here):
    • ‘A Politics of Critique and Hope: towards a development that works’
    • ‘Disruptive politics of resource extraction: pathways to renewal in extractive industries and development’
    • ‘Humanitarians of Aotearoa New Zealand Past and Present’
    • ‘Moving paradigms: dance and social transformation in the South Pacific’
    • ‘Selling ethics: is ethical certification driving ethical development?’
    • ‘Teaching Development: Challenges and Responses’
    • ‘The land has eyes and teeth, and also heart and spirit: economic development on customary land in the Pacific’
  3. Student session: Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts of their research proposals or preliminary results in this session. Speakers will be limited to 5 minutes and presentations will be eligible for a prize.  Alternatively, you may opt to submit an abstract to a contributed paper session or one of the themed sessions for a longer presentation time slot (e.g. for those with well developed results).


  • No conference proceedings will be published following the conference. Only the paper title, authors, keywords, and abstract will be placed on the internet.
  • Presentations for contributed papers will be allocated a maximum time of 12 minutes.
  • Delegates may submit and present one paper each (but may appear as co-author on additional papers or contribute in another capacity in panel or workshop sessions).
  • More information about the conference registration process and costs can be found here.

Key dates and deadlines

  • Early Bird Registration Opens: 14 May 2018
  • Abstract submission deadline: 16 July 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: by 10 August
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: 31 August 2018
  • Presenter Registration Deadline: 30 September 2018


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