Call for papers: The Politics of Inclusionpublished: December 19, 2016
International workshop organised by CROP (Comparative Research Programme on Poverty) and UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, to be held 6-7 July 2017, in Paris, France.
Despite the fact that there is still no absolute consensus on social exclusion and social inclusion within the context of the social sciences, the concept of social inclusion is broadly accepted to be connected to poverty eradication. As highlighted by several authors, it is usually considered to be an “antidote” to poverty.
The ability to address competing interpretations of social inclusion, and to advance the concept as a key theoretical underpinning of the struggle against poverty, is rapidly emerging as a practical necessity for organizations such as UNESCO and CROP.
This workshop will focus on examining how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets aimed at social and economic inclusion are conditioned by poverty, inequality and power relations, as well as on the types of social transformations that may be able to change the dynamics that keep people disadvantaged.
The workshop will critically assess both theoretical perspectives and empirical analysis, in order to discuss:
- The potential contribution of the social and human sciences to reduce poverty and promote social justice and inclusion in the context of Agenda 2030, especially in the fields of competence of UNESCO
- The way in which collaboration between UN entities and research networks and institutions could facilitate a shift in public policy-oriented analysis, from policy to politics and from particular anti-poverty interventions to longer-term development strategies focusing on social and economic inclusion
Proposals for papers that fit into one of the following four sessions are invited:
- Struggling with the concepts of inclusion, exclusion and adverse incorporation
- Poverty and inequality as social constructions
- Which social transformations are needed in order to “leave no one behind”?
- Collaborative research: the way forward
DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 31 JANUARY 2017