The legacies of colonialism and development aid in the 1970s.

Catégorie :Rencontres scientifiques

Date :du jeudi, 30 mai 2013 au vendredi, 31 mai 2013

Lieu :Trento (Italie)

Lien : conference.contemporaryhistory@lett.unitn.it

Contact : antonella.neri..a..unitn.it

Source: Laurent Warlouzet (laurentwarlouzet..a..yahoo.fr)

Résumé :

Development has received much attention from historians in recent years. As opposed to the previous decades, the 1970s are comparatively neglected and identified with a period of crisis in development aid. With détente, aid was not anymore perceived as a valid instrument of political allegiance. It became internationalised and coupled with the rhetoric of the right to development, while the trust in the power of aid to promote progress and equality has been continuously crumbling. This conference intends to analyse how much of this fatigue with development in the 1970s is to be reconciled with an increase in funding, a multiplication of arenas of intervention, and a new emphasis on previously silent issues, like the concern with the environment, or the gender dimension of development.

Détails :

Conveners: Andreas Eckert (HU-Berlin), Sara Lorenzini (Università di Trento)
Location: Room 221, Department of Humanities, via Tommaso Gar 14 - Trento

Programme

(online programme:)

Thursday, May 30

First session


14.30-14.45: Welcome
Gustavo Corni, Università di Trento, Andreas Eckert, Humboldt Universität
Berlin, Sara Lorenzini, Università di Trento

14.45-16.30:
Chair: Sara Lorenzini, Università di Trento

Andrew Gawthorpe, Kings College, London
“American development assistance to South Vietnam in rhetoric and reality, 1968-1975”

Will Tait, Carleton University
“Oxfam in Canada, the Cold War and the Role of Religious Traditions, 1970-1980”

Chiara Chiapponi, Università La Sapienza-Roma
“Japan and the Asia Pacific in the 1970s - From economic to “heart-to-heart” relationship”

Timothy Nunan, Oxford University
“The apogee of Soviet development efforts. Soviet development and modernization in
northern Afghanistan, 1973 to 1985”

16.30 - 16.45 Coffee break

16.45 - 18.00 Discussion:
Hubertus Büschel, Universität Gießen, Andreas Eckert, Humboldt Universität
Berlin, Marc Frey, Jacobs University

20.00 Dinner

Friday, 31 may

Second session


8.45-9.45
Chair: Andreas Eckert, Humboldt Universität Berlin

Lorenzo Ferrari, IMT Lucca
“Adapting European Exceptionalism to a Different World. Continuities and Change in the EEC Development Cooperation in the 1970s”

Martin Rasmussen, Lund University
“Development or Security? A Historically Embedded Analysis of the Africa Policy of the European Union”

Claudia Prinz, Humboldt Universität Berlin
« Breaking the vicious cycle of poverty, disease and overpopulation: The place of the ‘Third World mother’ in a global program to combat child mortality, 1970s and 1980”

9.45-11.00 Discussion:
Marc Frey, Jacobs University, Giuliano Garavini, Università di Bologna,
Sara Lorenzini, Università di Trento

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

Third session: Italian development aid In the 1970s

11.15-12.45: Roundtable discussion:
Elena Calandri, Università di Padova, Mario Del Pero, Università di Bologna,
Sara Lorenzini, Università di Trento, Antonio Varsori, Università di Padova

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Book Presentation

Andreas Eckert and Antonio Varsori discuss Giuliano Garavini’s book
“After Empires”, OUP, 2012
Introduction: Sara Lorenzini, Marco Brunazzo

Theme of the conference:


Development has received much attention from historians in recent years. New perspectives have been explored on the entangled histories of decolonization and the cold war. Ideas and practices of development and modernization have been studied in their transnational dimension and through their colonial roots. Most of the studies, however, focus on the 1950s and 1960s, i.e. on the years of the symbiosis of development and cold war strategies. As opposed to the previous decades, the 1970s are comparatively neglected. The 1970s are generally identified with a period of crisis in development aid. With détente, aid was not anymore perceived as a valid instrument of political allegiance. It became internationalised and coupled with the rhetoric of the right to development, while the trust in the power of aid to promote progress and equality has been continuously crumbling.

This conference intends to investigate specifically this period, and to analyse how much of this fatigue with development is to be reconciled with an increase in funding, a multiplication of arenas of intervention, and a new emphasis on previously silent issues, like the concern with the environment, or the gender dimension of development.

We are especially interested in investigating continuities in policies, people, and ideas in the strategies for development in the 1970s. We welcome contributions which deal with development aid from the point of view of individual donor countries, from the point of view of the recipient country, from the point of view of governmental (or non governmental) organisations, from the point of view of specific thinkers or think-tanks.

Info:

Antonella Neri
Staff di Dipartimento - Lettere e Filosofia
via Tommaso Gar, 14 - 38122 Trento
tel. +39 0461 281777
antonella.neri..a..unitn.it

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