First Annual Undergraduate GDS Conference: Critical Perspectives on Colonialism and Development in Postcolonial Societies

We anticipate an enriching afternoon of student presentations, featuring an outstanding keynote address and a delightful mid-afternoon interlude with coffee and snacks. Attendance is free and open to all members of the academic community. 

The conference will be in COR B135.

Encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to studying global development, this first undergraduate Global Development Studies (GDS) conference aims to bring together UVic students ready for knowledge exchange and scholarly engagement across the Humanities, Law, and Social Science.

Ultimately, the conference will reflect on the implications of the imprints of colonialism and their iterations in the postcolonial period until today, including questions of human rights, globalization, neocolonialism, and the environment.

We welcome research paper and poster proposals (in-progress and completed) focusing on the experiences and everyday life of enslaved and colonized peoples and on postcolonial societies that may add to and expand existing knowledge on global development. While we encourage submissions addressing the conference topics, interested students are free to propose research exploring other themes on any aspect of the (post)colonial world.

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