ICDD Breakfast Talks

Good food for thought, and stomach!

Guest scientists and members of the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) present and discuss current research or themes of special interest. In addition, participants are invited to a little breakfast buffet with tea, coffee, bread, cheese, jam, fruits etc.

All ICDD members and all interested persons are welcome!

Time: Thursdays (fortnightly during the semester), 8:15 – 9:45 (please use the buffet from 8:15-8:30 mainly)

Venue:  Kassel - ICDD, Kleine Rosenstr. 3 (5th floor), seminar room

26 April 2018

Inequalities and social policies in Cuba: Old Havana as a scenario for intervention

Prof. Dr. Rebeca Ramos Padrón (University of Havana)

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Rebeca Ramos, PhD, teaches at the Faculty of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana. Currently she is a Visiting Professor at the University of Kassel.

17 May 2018

A widening gap: Gender, social inequalities and carework in Argentina

Prof. Dr. Eleonor Faur (National University of San Martín, Argentina)

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Eleonor Faur is an Associate Professor at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales, National University of San Martín (IDAES- UNSAM), and a Researcher at the Center for Social Research, based at the Institute for Economic and Social Development (CIS-IDES).  During her career, her interests combined social research and teaching with policy dialogue, program design and management. Before joining the University, she led UNFPA’s Argentina Country Office for almost 7 years, and served as Programme Coordinator for UNICEF and UNDP in Colombia and Argentina. She is a sociologist and holds a PhD. in social sciences by FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales).

24 May 2018

Green is a Pan-African Color: Renewable Energy Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr. Franziska Müller, Dr. Simone Claar, Carsten Elsner, Manuel Neumann (ICDD, University of Kassel)

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For further information on Franziska Müller visit her project website.

For further information on Simone Claar visit her project website.

For further information on Carsten Elsner visit his project website.

For further information on Manuel Neumann visit his project website.

6 June 2018

Different venue: Witzenhausen, Steinstr. 19, H23

Understanding the mechanism of water use by trees in the tropics - and ecophysiological approach

Dr. Jose Kallarackal (India)

7 June 2018

The long march: Mapping agrarian struggles in neo-liberal India

Prof. Dr. Archana Prasad (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

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The last three decades have been beset with unprecedented crisis in rural India. More than 3 million farmers have committed suicides due to crop failures and indebtedness. But this crisis is not a natural disaster, it is human made and induced by neoliberal economic policies of the Government. In response to this, the peasant organisations have held huge protests over the decade, the recent spate being in the last two years. One may ask why the protests have intensified in the current period.This talk aims to answer this question and provide an overview of the agrarian struggles in contemporary India. In particular it looks at a recent struggle that has caught the imagination of the nation and put agriculture on the centre of the national debate once again. The talk looks at the strategies employed by the struggle and what lessons it has for the future of peasant organisations in the country.

Archana Prasad is a Professor at the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi. She is trained as a labour historian and specialises in doing oral histories of agrarian struggles in the context of the contemporary political economy. She has been active in the democratic women’s movement and with peasant organisations that work for the rights of tribal communities for the last two and a half decades. Her latest work is an oral history of a tribal agrarian struggle in Maharashtra India, titled ‘Red Flag of the Warlis: History of an Ongoing Struggle’, Leftword Books, 2017.

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[Spanish version below]

We think the body as our first territory and recognize the impact of territory in our bodies: When the places we dwell in are violated, our bodies are affected, and when our bodies are affected, our places of dwelling are violated. In our theories and methodologies, we underline the importance of the sensory experience, as our bodies incarnate our life, our memories, and our senses, all of which link us to territories.

In developing strategies to confront extractivism, we have created bridges between feminism, ecology, nature, and specific territories that allow us to look from a more holistic and at the same time sensory perspective at our environment and build practices that transform our lives.
In our presentation, we discuss the link between extractivism and violence and the particular effect the interweaving of these two has on women’s bodies and territories. We also discuss the guide “Mapping Body-Territory” in which we present methodologies centered on the body that have allowed us to facilitate the sharing the experiences between diverse women, for example between Amazonian and highland women from Ecuador, between urban feminists and Mexican indigenous women as well as encounters between urban anti-extracivist activists, collectives for sexual diversity and others. We show how these methodologies have been useful in linking personal and organizational experiences with reflection in order to develop collective strategies of feminist resistance to extractivism and violence.

Delmy Tania Cruz Hernández: grassroots and Leftist anti-racist feminist as well as popular educator accompanying women who defend their territories. PhD student in social anthropology at CIESAS- México and coordinator of the program Pedagogy of the Subject at CESDER-Puebla, member of the Colectivo Integral de Educación Popular (CEIBA), and of Mujeres Transformando Mundos A.C in Chiapas, México.

Mar Daza: decolonial ecologist feminist, who practices popular education and social research as well as facilitates processes of organizational change and dialogues of knowledges and movements. She accompanies the process of territorial resistance in Cajamarca, Peru, as both a researcher and activist and examines extractivist expansion, political violence and the ontologies of women, dissidence, and community ties. Ex-coordinator and current member of the board of Tejiendo Saberes-PDTG (www.democraciaglobal.org) as well as coordinator of the Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras por los Derechos Sociales y Ambientales (www.redlatinoamericanademujeres.org).

Eva Vázquez: feminist, ecologist, and animalist. Member of Acción Ecológica, Ecuador, who has been working on mining since several years and, from this position, is part of the political coordination of the Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres defensoras de Derechos Sociales y Ambientales. Founding member of the Colectivo de Investigación y Acción Psicosocial, which deals with extractive and socio-environmental conflicts from a perspective grounded in communitarian psychology, political ecology, and feminism. Editor of the feminist journal La Flor del Guanto.



Pensamos en el cuerpo como nuestro primer territorio y reconocemos el impacto del territorio en nuestros cuerpos: Cuando los lugares en los que vivimos son violados, nuestros cuerpos son afectados, y cuando nuestros cuerpos son afectados, nuestros lugares de residencia son violados. En nuestras teorías y metodologías, subrayamos la importancia de la experiencia sensorial, ya que nuestros cuerpos encarnan nuestra vida, nuestras memorias y nuestros sentidos, todos los cuales nos vinculan a los territorios.
Al desarrollar estrategias para enfrentar el extractivismo, hemos creado puentes entre el feminismo, la ecología, la naturaleza y territorios específicos que nos permiten mirar desde una perspectiva más holística y a la vez sensorial nuestro entorno y construir prácticas que transforman nuestras vidas.
En nuestra presentación, discutimos el vínculo entre el extractivismo y la violencia y el efecto particular que el entretejido de estos dos tiene en los cuerpos y territorios de las mujeres. También presentamos la Guía Mapeando el Cuerpo-Territorio en la que se presentan metodologías centradas en el cuerpo que nos han permitido facilitar el intercambio de experiencias entre mujeres diversas, por ejemplo entre mujeres amazónicas y del altiplano ecuatorianas, entre feministas urbanas y mujeres indígenas mexicanas, así como encuentros entre activistas urbanas antiextracivistas, colectivos por la diversidad sexual y otros. Mostramos cómo estas metodologías han sido útiles para vincular las experiencias personales y organizativas con la reflexión para desarrollar estrategias colectivas de resistencia feminista al extractivismo y a la violencia.

Delmy Tania Cruz Hernández: feminista antirracista de base y de izquierda, así como educadora popular que acompaña a las mujeres que defienden sus territorios. Estudiante de doctorado en antropología social en CIESAS- México y coordinadora del programa Pedagogía de la Materia en CESDER-Puebla, miembro del Colectivo Integral de Educación Popular (CEIBA), y de Mujeres Transformando Mundos A.C. en Chiapas, México.

Mar Daza: ecologista feminista decolonial, que practica la educación popular y la investigación social y facilita procesos de cambio organizacional y diálogos de saberes y movimientos. Acompaña el proceso de resistencia territorial en Cajamarca, Perú, como investigadora y activista, y examina la expansión extractivista, la violencia política y las ontologías de la mujeres, la disidencia y los tejidos comunitarios. Ex-coordinadora y actual miembro de la junta directiva de Tejiendo Saberes-PDTG (www.democraciaglobal.org) y coordinadora de la Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras por los Derechos Sociales y Ambientales (www.redlatinoamericanademujeres.org).

Eva Vázquez: feminista, ecologista y animalista. Miembro de Acción Ecológica, Ecuador, quien ha estado trabajando en minería desde hace varios años y, desde esta posición, forma parte de la coordinación política de la Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres defensoras de Derechos Sociales y Ambientales. Miembro fundador del Colectivo de Investigación y Acción Psicosocial, que aborda los conflictos extractivos y socio-ambientales desde una perspectiva basada en la psicología comunitaria, la ecología política y el feminismo. Editora de la revista feminista La Flor del Guanto.

5 July 2018

Is China better than the ‘West’ for Africa’s development?

Dr. Miguel A. Rivera-Quiñones (University of Puerto Rico)

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During the last decade, the People's Republic of China has become an important player in development cooperation investment in the South Saharan African. China’s involvement in Africa generated two set of narratives that locates their cooperation as a constructive force for the region’s development, while other depicts these initiatives as forms of imperialism. Here I move beyond this dichotomy and analyze African’s policy maker’s perception of China's development assistance. The findings of the field research conducted in Zambia in 2016 shows, that China’s popularity among Zambian policy makers rest upon China’s bilateral understating of development cooperation and the flexibility that Chinese capitalism have to adapt to local elite’s interest. There is no doubt that there are winners and losers in this relation. However, the complexities of this relation are beyond simplistic narratives about new imperialisms or partners for development.

Miguel A. Rivera- Quiñones holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sussex in the area of Globalization and Development. For five years he taught at the school of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and for over a year at the M.A program in Governance and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex. Miguel has worked as a consultant in international development for several international organizations and conducted field research in Pakistan, Zambia, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Haiti.  For the last three years Miguel has been based at the Political Science department at the University of Puerto Rico and has worked as consultant for several local development projects in Puerto Rico.

5 July 2018

Different venue: Witzenhausen, Steinstr. 19, H13

Providing rural areas with decentralized solar and bio-energy solutions for value addition and income generation

Prof. Dr. Anjum Munir (ICDD, University of Agriculture Faisalabad)


12 July 2018

Decent Work in the port industry: Resilience of social dialogue

Dr. Oluesegun Oladeinde (Bells University of Technology, Nigeria)

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Conceptual and empirical analysis of world of work, and “decent work”, have for long remain within the remit of mainstream essentialist (institutionalist) understanding; a reification of optimistic and normative assumptions surrounding decent work agenda. As impact of globalization deepens, the world of work remains a “contested terrain”; posing challenges for a rigorous conceptualization and analysis of neo-liberal hegemony of the world of work. While some scholars of the post-neoliberal strands have focused on decent work agenda as framework to “redress” the “deficits” embedded in neo-liberal workplaces, a reconceptualization of decent work discourse provides a critical analytical tool, to further understand the “hegemony” of contemporary workplace, even in the context of on-going neo-liberal “damage repairs”.

Drawing on political economy framework, the paper offers a critical perspective to understanding the diverse and embedded dimensions of social relations of production in contemporary workplace, and the” indecencies”. A re-interpretation of “institutional hegemony” provides a nuanced “sense-making”, and thus, account for the implications and “damages” of neo-liberal tendencies on work and labour.

Oluesegun Oladeinde is a Lecturer/Researcher at Bells University of Technology, Ota, Nigeria and the coordinator of the Bells University Center for Advancement. He holds a PhD in Sociology of Work and Labour Process from Rhodes University, South Africa (2011). His PhD thesis was entitled “Management and the Dynamics of Labour Process: Study of Workplace Relations in an Oil Refinery, Nigeria”.

Impressions from Breakfast Talk (21st June)