Conference Programme

Tuesday 10th September

12:30-1:30 Registration
1:30-1:45 Welcome Address
1:45-3:00 Key Note
3:00-3:30 Tea Break
3:30-5:30 Panels 1+2
5:30-6:00 Break
6:00-7:30 Book Launch

We are excited to share the Programme for the Post-Development: Decolonial Alternatives to Development Conference , that will take place at the University of Kassel on the 10th and 11th of September 2019.

Tuesday, 10th September 2019


[entrance hall Gießhaus]


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Aram Ziai, Chair for Development Policy and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kassel



Keynote Address

Radical Ecological Democracy: Towards an Equitable and Sustainable Pluriverse

Ashish Kothari, Founder-member of Kalvapriksh Action Group


3:00pmCoffee Break

Parralel Panels


1. Theoretical approaches for a new understanding of 'development'

Chair: Wendy Harcourt

  • 'Development and Post-Development: A Critical-Realist Perspective'
    Felix Hauf (Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • 'Needs and satisfiers - a tool for exploring alternatives'
    Bettina Mahlert (RWTH Aachen)
  • 'Sustainability and difference - a promising yet ambivalent relation. Insights from good living paradigms in highly diverse societies in the Latin American Andes'
    Isabella Radhuber (Vienna University)

2. Living Alternatives

Chair: Franziska Müller
[Room 0614]

  • 'Good governance and development: an african-centred and decolonial worldview'
    Damola Adejumo Ayibiuwo (University of South Africa)
  • 'Comparing Post-Utopian Realities of Alternative Development in Mongolia and Latin America'
    Wolfram Schaffar (International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden)
  • 'Rethinking "community" through permaculture initiatives in Zimbabwe: pathways to alternative futures'
    Pamela Richardson-Ngwenya (University of Kassel)

Book Launch: Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary
Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh and Alberto Acosta (Editors)


Tuesday 10th September

12:30-1:30 Registration
1:30-1:45 Welcome Address
1:45-3:00 Key Note
3:00-3:30 Tea Break
3:30-5:30 Panels 1+2
5:30-6:00 Break
6:00-7:30 Book Launch
Wednesday 11th September

Alternatives to Development Network Meeting

with breakfast



Performance of Weaving Realities Artist Collective: Making Chilate, Food and Ancestrality 


10:30amCoffee Break

Parralel Panels

3. Diverse Perspectives on living well

Chair: Daniel Bendix
[Room 0614]

  • 'Sumak kawsay- Buen vivir in indigenous communities of Amazonas in Ecuador-Colombia, in Water and food, model for the world'
    Eduardo Erazo Acosta (Universidad de Nariño)
  • 'The concept of Buen Vivir: A decolonial feminism perspective'
    Dennis Lucy Avilés Irahola (University of Bonn)
  • 'Post-development, Post-colonialism and writing (on) Enda Graf Sahel'
    Hajer Kratou and Khadija El Alaoui (Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University)

4. How to give a 'post-developmental turn' to 'development' practice

Chair: Joshua Kwesi Aikins

  • 'Greening the anti-politics machine: De- and repoliticizing African renewable energy transitions'
    Franziska Müller (University of Kassel)
  • 'What insights does the concept of "civic space" offer to Postdevelopment theory?'
    Julia Schöneberg (University of Kassel)
  • 'Post-Development Theorists and the Desire for Development'
    Sally Matthews (Rhodes University)
12:45pmLunch Break

Parallel Panels


5. Questioning the foundations of development: Different Perspectives

Chair: Julia Schöneberg

  • 'Differential belonging: Learning from Conversations around Caring for Country and Earthothers'
    Wendy Harcourt (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague)
  • 'Pachakutik: An Andean concept of space and time, which radically breaks with the coloniality of power'
    Gregor Seidl (Vienna University)
  • 'One head does not go to council - indigenous political authorities in Ghana between coloniality and alternatives to development'
    Joshua Kwesi Aikins (University of Kassel)
  • 'Eco-feminism as Post-Development'
    Ariel Salleh (University of Sydney)

6. Activism

Chair: Sally Matthews

[Room 0614]

  • 'Lived Utopia - The women's revolution in Rojava'
    Besime Konca and Yvonne Heine (CENÎ - Kurdish Women's Office for Peace)
  • 'Trouble with 'Progress': Serbia, Development and its Narrative Ruptures'
    Jelena Vicentic (University of Belgrade)
  • 'Redemptive subjects: Pan-African pedagogical activism and the politics of development in the Anglo-Carribean'
    Jenna Marshall (University of Kassel)
3:45pmCoffee Break

Plenary Talk
Beyond racialised development

Sarah Radcliffe, University of Cambridge



Closing polylogue and remarks


6:15pmEnd of the conference

Tuesday 10th September

12:30-1:30 Registration
1:30-1:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:45-3:00 Keynote Address
3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
3:30-5:30 Panels 1 and 2
5:30-6:00 Coffee Break
6:00-7:30 Book Launch

Recommended activity outside the conference program

Breaking the Silence I - The rage of the Mdachi bin Sharifu

an exhibition organised by Kassel Postkolonial, created by Berlin Postkolonial on the end of the German colonial empire 100 years ago

In the late summer of 1919, shortly after Germany's final loss of its colonies, a young East African named Mdachi bin Sharifu appeared in several cities as a speaker on "Our Colonial Past". In Berlin, Cottbus, Erfurt and Hamburg it is the first time that a black man has spoken on this subject. But this is not the only reason why his appearances in a white audience evoke violent reactions. Following the government's repression of a petition by the Afro-German community around Martin Dibobe from Cameroon, Sharifu is now publicly going to court with both the German colonial regime and the continuing colonial racism in Germany.

Based on carefully selected and critically contextualized photographs from the extensive collection of plantation owner Karl Vieweg, which the Embassy of Tanzania provided, the exhibition by Berlin Postkolonial questions the long-lived myth of the colonized's loyalty to the German Empire.

Most parts of the exhibition are in German, some parts are translated into English. Translation into English can be organised (fabi.rosenauer[at]hotmail[dot]de).

07.06.19 - 15.09.19 at the University of Kassel, Kurt-Wolters-Straße 3
Mon - Fri; 8.00 - 18.00 hrs + Sat, Sun 10.00 - 16.00 hrs

A cooperation project with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

Thanks to: Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania, North-South Bridges Foundation, Berlin Land Office for Development Cooperation

Wednesday 11th September

8:30-10:00 Network Meeting and Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Panels 3 and 4
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Panels 5 and 6
3:30-3:45 Coffee Break
3:45-4:45 Plenary Talk
4:45-5:00 Coffee Break
5:00-6:00 Cultural Performance
6:00-6:15 Closing remarks

Breaking the Silence I - The rage of the Mdachi bin Sharifu
An exhibition on the end of the German colonial empire 100 years ago

07.06.19 - 15.09.19 at the University of Kassel

More information below the programme