Received wisdom has it that development is leading to a known and desirable goal. In the tradition of the Foundation’s longstanding commitments to reflect upon ‘Another Development’ by testing dominant paradigms, the lecture presented will challenge this idea. In particular, it will look at problems connected with the focus of development thinking on the nation state. Taking a global perspective, which is apt to tackle today’s real problems such as climate change or global inequality, is a challenging undertaking, both conceptually and politically. Some of these challenges will be outlined. Questions will be articulated, answers are not guaranteed.
Lecture by: Prof. Reinhart Kössler (Münster and Freiburg)
Discussant: Prof. Maxi Schoeman, University of Pretoria/South Africa
Moderator: Henning Melber, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Reinhart Kössler is an adjunct professor of sociology in the University of Münster, Germany, and a senior research fellow at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg, Germany. Since many years, he is a member of the editorial board of the third world studies quarterly Peripherie and served on the board of the Information Centre on Southern Africa (ISSA) in Bonn. He has contributed to two recent volumes of the Foundation’s journal Development Dialogue. His current interests include theory of development, ethnicity, postcolonial states and memory politics; his regional focus has for some time been Southern Africa.
Maxi Schoeman is a professor in international relations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and currently a scholar in residence at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. She works i.a. on African security architecture and was recently a member of the African Peer Review Mechanism’s mission team to Lesotho.
Participants are welcome to social mingling afterwards.