Department of Anthropology


Building development with Cornell University

From 5 to 10 October, four members of faculty from Global Studies participated in a range of collaborative activities at the University of Cornell.  They attended the international conference ‘Development in Question,’ at which Dr Prentice, Dr Luetchford and Prof De Neve (Anthropology) organised a panel on “The Politics of Precariousness and the Production of Vulnerability”. This led to a very stimulating discussion about precariousness, security, labour rights and social welfare. Dr Selwyn (International Relations) organised a panel on “Class Dynamics of Development”, which similarly produced a lively conceptual and theoretical debate around the location of the study of class in development.  Dr Selwyn also held a keynote talk for which he received extensive praise.

In addition, a one day doctoral symposium was held involving faculty and students from both Sussex and Cornell, which followed from a similar event held at Sussex earlier in the year.  Doctoral students from both institutions presented their research and received in-depth feedback from faculty.  Prof De Neve says ‘The students on both sides were very excited about the opportunity to exchange research findings and receive feedback from experts in their field.  It is a type of exchange that we are hoping to build on in future.’

Prof De Neve was also involved in a meeting at Cornell with more than 10 other partner institutions to discuss the next steps for the start of an international consortium in development studies, which will bring together scholars from the global north and global south.  At the meeting, a range of steps were discussed to establish the consortium, including a shared web platform, opportunities for co-teaching, student exchange, and the development of joint research projects.  

As part of the developing collaborations, Dr Eltringham and Prof Fairhead will be teaching a 6-week module at the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell in the spring of 2017.  This is a first step towards future faculty and module exchange.

Prof De Neve comments that ‘It was clear that Sussex is very much on the map of our colleagues at Cornell as an institution where leading research is conducted on a range of development issues. As our collaboration goes from strength to strength, we are seen as a key partner in the development of the consortium too’.

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By: Martin Wingfield
Last updated: Wednesday, 2 November 2016