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2019-2020 LECTURES

The Growth and Development of Chinese NGOs Domestically and Abroad, and its Implications for International Development


Title:  The Growth and Development of Chinese NGOs Domestically and Abroad, and its Implications for International Development

Date: October 10, 2019
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker:  Reza Hasmath, University of Alberta

This talk looks at the strategies Chinese NGOs employ to survive and operate in an authoritarian institutional environment. What happens when Chinese NGOs that are born and socialized in such a domestic context, "go out" to other jurisdictions with similar or varying regime types? Finally, I will suggest that the internationalization of Chinese NGOs will foster a more pluralized global civil society. Ultimately, this will require us to rethink salient precepts and practices in international development. 

 

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Reza Hasmath, University of Alberta

Reza Hasmath (Ph.D., Cambridge) is a Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta. He was previously a faculty member at the Universities of Oxford, Melbourne, and Toronto. His award-winning research – supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation – has recently appeared in Public Administration and Development, Journal of Social Policy, International Political Science Review, Voluntas, and Development Policy Review.


Oil Palm Plantations in Forest Territories: Environmentalism, Agrarian Politics and the Transformation of Traditional Livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon


Title:  Oil Palm Plantations in Forest Territories: Environmentalism, Agrarian Politics and the Transformation of Traditional Livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon

Date: October 3, 2019
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker:  Diana Cordoba Queen's University

The current oil palm boom is arguably one of the most rapid agroenvironmental transformations in the Brazilian Amazon. Little is known about how oil palm plantations impact traditional livelihoods in forest territories. This talk analyzes geo-historical context and changes in livelihoods of differentiated social groups; explores the impact of recent expansion of oil palm in the state of Pará, Brazil, and outlines some of the challenges forest communities face when trying to claim their rights to defend nature and their livelihoods. This research speaks to the production and transformation of particular naturesocial configurations in the Amazon.

 

 
Diana Cordoba

Diana Cordoba, Queen's University

Diana Cordoba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University. Her research draws on critical agrarian studies and political ecology approaches to emphasize the interactions between local situations and wider economic and political processes in which power influences the (uneven) distribution of resources and shapes development discourses, interventions and institutions. Dr. Cordoba is the author of Participation, Politics, and Technology: Agrarian development in post-neoliberal Bolivia.

 

Teachin’ Against the Big House: Teach-in on Prison Entertainment & Redevelopment


Title: Teachin’ Against the Big House: Teach-in on Prison Entertainment & Redevelopment

Date: September 12, 2019
Venue: JDUC Atrium
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speakers include: Professor Justin Piché (University of Ottawa) and Professor Kevin Walby (University of Winnipeg), and formerly-incarcerated activists Richard Atkinson, Ann Hansen, Donny Hogan, and Jimmy Hogan

For more information on this talk, click here. (PDF, 3.6 MB)

Teachin’ Against the Big House: Teach-in on Prison Entertainment & Redevelopment

 


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