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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Development in Practice

For a Special Issue on
The Future of Teaching Gender and Development

Abstract deadline
30 September 2022

Manuscript deadline
31 January 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr Mirna Guha, Anglia Ruskin University
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Dr Rebecca Gordon, University of the West of Scotland
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Dr Rishita Nandagiri, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Dr Joyce Wu, Deputy Editor of Development in Practice; and University of New South Wales, Sydney
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Dr Patrick Kilby, Editor, Development in Practice; and Australian National University
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The Future of Teaching Gender and Development

The Women and Development study group (WADsg) has long been a vibrant forum for exchange of ideas, research and scholarship on pedagogical thinking around gender and development (as separate entities and relational) within the Development Studies Association in the UK and beyond.

Guided by a member-led reading group, WADsg has recently interrogated the Gender and Development (GAD) ‘canon’ to critically reassess and re-engage with its knowledge practices and forms of knowledge (re)production. As an interdisciplinary field of study, GAD has existed for over half a century, and therefore a critical assessment of the developments in and of this space is overdue. Recent shifts in cognate fields like sociology and gender studies add to the growing urgency for reflections about teaching gender and development. For example, contestations around inclusions and exclusions with conceptualisations of ‘gender’; decolonisation; epistemic injustices, instabilities as a result of pandemics and wider crises; the importance of activist academia; and issues of online learning (particularly when dealing with sensitive and potentially traumatising topics), amongst others. We are delighted to collaborate with Development in Practice, and the Development Studies Association Australia to contribute to these ongoing conversations.

We invite contributions for a thematic Special Issue with Development in Practice as it enters its third decade. Drawing from discussions about what constitutes (changes to) the GAD ‘canon’ and challenges of teaching GAD online in contexts where COVID hindered in-person learning, we ask our study group to submit contributions to the special issue, which address (but are not limited to) the following points of inquiry:

  • Thinking critically, what are the concerns or challenges presented by existing materials and approaches to teaching GAD? How might we address these?
  • What pedagogical and epistemological approaches influence/frame teaching in GAD globally?
  • How should GAD teaching reflect on, contend with, and contribute to, discussions around decolonising the Western curriculum and tackling the racialised gaze of development?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities with teaching a constantly adapting and shifting field? How do we adapt/incorporate/address this in our teaching?
  • (How) Have approaches to teaching GAD changed/been forced to adapt as a result of COVID-19?
  • How do we bridge the gap between theory and practice?
  • How have any shifts or changes in your teaching, in response to these developments, been received (by students, colleagues, other relevant groups)?
  • What are the global practices of ‘doing’ GAD?

You do not need to be a member of the study group to propose a contribution and we would welcome you sharing this CfP with your other networks to ensure as wide-ranging and informative discussion as possible. Please do consider reaching out to colleagues working on/around these topics, and we also invite students of GAD (and others!) to consider submitting abstracts on their learning and teaching experiences, as well as where they see the discipline going.

Submission Instructions

We invite short abstracts (up to 150 words from those who have insights/reflections/ideas/experiences to share on any or all these questions and topics outlined above.

The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 30th September 2022 (please e-mail submissions to: [email protected]) and successful contributors will be notified within 4 weeks of submission.

Once notified of abstract acceptance, the deadline for submission of full papers is 31st of January 2023.

We expect to release the special issue in 2024.

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