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Ninth International Conference of the
International Development Ethics Association

Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr,
Pennsylvania, U.S.
June 9-11, 2011
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Christine Koggel


Thursday, June 9                                                                                   
9:30-10:30 am - Conference begins
  • Opening remarks by Co-Organizer of conference, Christine Koggel
  • Presidential Address by President of IDEA, Jay Drydyk

Jay Drydyk is Professor of Philosophy at Carleton University, President of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA), and Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA). Drydyk is interested in how human rights, justice, and democracy can be understood from global and cross-cultural perspectives. With Peter Penz, he co-edited Global Justice, Global Democracy, which explores the meanings of ‘justice’ and ‘democracy’ in the face of globalization. His work on the values of development ethics and on disempowering processes arises from two projects on development-induced displacement, one funded by CIDA and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and another on empowerment funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Through this research, he has worked with colleagues in India to study ethical risks that arise when development displaces people and their communities. He is the author of numerous journal publications and co-author with Peter Penz and Pablo S. Bose of Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

5:30 pm-7:00 pm
  • Welcome remarks by President of Bryn Mawr College, Jane McAuliffe
Plenary Speaker: Naila Kabeer
(Chair: Jay Drydyk)
"Empowerment, Citizenship and Gender Justice: A Contribution to Locally-Grounded Theories of Social Change"

Naila Kabeer is Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. She was IDRC Senior Sabbaticant in their Regional Office for South Asia in 2006-2007 and Kertin Hesselgrens Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2004-2005. She is currently convening research on paid work as part of a Research Partners Consortium on Pathways to Women’s Empowerment at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. She is author of a number of books, including Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought (Verso Press /Kali for Women, India), The power to choose: Bangladeshi women and labour market decisions in London and Dhaka (Verso Press /Sage Books India), Mainstreaming gender in the Millennium Development Goals (Commonwealth Secretariat, London and IDRC, Canada), Gender and social protection in the informal economy (Commonwealth Secretariat/Routledge) and most recently, the report Can the MDGs provide a pathway to social justice? The challenge of intersecting inequalities UN Millennium Achievement Fund. She was also lead author of the 2009 World Survey on Women and Development for the UN Division for the Advancement of Women. She is on the editorial board of Development and Change, Gender and Development, the Indian Journal of Social Science and an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics.

7:00 pm-8:30 pm - Opening reception
Friday, June 10                                                                                     
9:00 am-10:30
Plenary Panel “Justice and Care: Thinking Relationally”
(Chair, Christine Koggel, Harvey Wexler Chair in Philosophy, Co-Director of Center for International Studies, Bryn Mawr College)
  • Joan Tronto
    “Relational Responsibilities, Partiality and an Ethic of Care:  Thinking About Global Ethics”

Joan Tronto joined the Political Science Department at the University of Minnesota in 2009. She is also a Professor Emerita of Political Science at the City University of New York. She has held visiting appointments at Yale University, the University of Humanist Studies in the Netherlands, and at Goethe University in Frankfurt-am-Main. Tronto is a leading feminist political theorist who has pioneered one of the most important theoretical innovations in feminist thought over the last several decades. Her ground-breaking book, Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care, challenges the common assumption in US society that physical and emotional nurturing are private, domestic matters unrelated to politics. Moral Boundaries has been translated and published in Italian, French and Greek.  She is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles about the nature of care and gender; they have appeared in such journals as Signs, Hypatia, Ethics and Social Welfare and American Political Science Review.

  • Jennifer Llewellyn
    "A Relational Approach to Peacebuilding"

Jennifer Llewellyn is a professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her teaching and research is focused in the areas of the restorative justice, truth commissions and human rights law. She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of restorative justice in both transitional contexts and established democracies. Llewellyn is currently the Director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance (NSRJ-CURA). The NSRJ-CURA is a collaborative research partnership between university and community partners funded through a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Its focus is the institutionalization of restorative justice practice with particular attention to the example of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, which is among the most comprehensive and developed restorative justice programs in the world. Llewellyn is an academic/policy advisor to the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program. She was an advisor to the Assembly of First Nations in the negotiation on redress for Indian Residential School abuse which resulted in the creation of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission and now advises the Commission. She served as an expert witness on restorative justice for the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry in 2002 and assisted with the formulation of a national restorative justice policy for Jamaica as a senior consultant with the United Nations Development Programme. She is also a member of the Working Party on Restorative Justice (WPRJ) of the Alliance of NGOs on Criminal Prevention and Criminal Justice in New York and on the steering group for the Working Party’s Restorative Peacebuilding Project. She is currently co-leading a project on Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in conjunction with the Kroc Institute for Peace at Notre Dame University and is co-editor, with Jocelyn Downie, of Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory and Health Law and Policy (UBC Press).

Friday, June 10                                                                            
5:30 pm -7:00
Plenary Panel “Gender and Climate Change”
(Chair, Asuncion Lera St. Clair, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen and Associated Senior Researcher Chr. Michelsens Institute (CMI))
  • Carolyn Sachs
    Gender and Climate Change: Feminist Science and Social Justice

Carolyn Sachs is Department Head of Women’s Studies and Professor of Rural Sociology and Women’s Studies at Penn State University. Her work focuses on women and sustainable agriculture, gender and environment, and gender and climate change. She is the author of several books, including, Gendered Fields: Women, Agriculture, Environment; Women Working the Environment; and Invisible Farmers: Women in Agricultural Production.

  • Petra Tschakert
    “A Rights-Based Approach to Gender in Climate Change Adaptation”

Petra Tschakert is Assistant Professor of Geography and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at Penn State University. She is lead author on Livelihoods and Poverty (Chapter 13) of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II on Impacts, Vulnerability, and Adaptation. She leads several research projects that attempt to explore and enhance climate change adaptation, collective learning, and livelihood resilience among resource-poor men and women landusers in Africa. She is also PI of the Worldwide Universities Network Limits to Adaptation Group and involved in the WUN Groups on Gender and Climate Change (PI Tuana) and Critical Global Poverty (PI St. Clair). Tschakert is an internationally recognized scholar working at the intersection of political ecology, climate change adaptation, and social-ecological resilience in a development context.

7:00 Conference Banquet
Saturday, June 11                                                                                 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Plenary Panel “Empowerment: Local and Global”
(Chair, Cynthia Bisman, Professor, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Co-Director of Center for International Studies, Bryn Mawr College)
  • Barbara Simon
    “Restorative Gender Justice: A Local and Global Controversy”

Barbara L. Simon has taught at Columbia University’s School of Social Work since 1986. Her research interests include: 1) gender justice for women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in a local and global world; 2) the history of social work, social welfare, and human service and urban professions in colonial and post-colonial contexts. She applies frameworks of analysis from women and gender studies to applied professional settings and postcolonial contexts of social work practice.

In 1987, Simon published Never Married Women with Temple University Press; in 1994 she published The Empowerment Tradition in American Social Work: A History with Columbia University Press; and in March of 2012, she and her colleague, Warren Green, are publishing a co-edited book, Columbia University Guide to Social Work Writing, with Columbia University Press.
  • Patti Petesch
    "Local and Global Pathways to Women's Empowerment"

Patti Petesch is an international development consultant with expertise in program management, policy design, and research in the fields of poverty, participatory development, conflict, and gender. Her research explores the mutually reinforcing roles of local democracy and good governance, inclusive markets, social cohesion, and women's empowerment in forging more secure and prosperous communities and nations. She served as study coordinator for the World Bank's Voices of the Poor and Moving Out of Poverty global research programs, co-authoring most recently Moving Out of Poverty: Rising from the Ashes of Conflict. Currently, she is working with the World Bank on a 19-country qualitative assessment for the forthcoming World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development, and finalizing a 4-country report on gender and conflict for USAID and Mercy Corps.

5:30pm Conference closing