ICDD - International Center for Development and Decent Work

at Kleine Rosenstraße 1-3, Kassel, 34117 Germany

The International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) of the University of Kassel is a global think tank network which contributes to the fight against global hunger and poverty through research and education.

ICDD - International Center for Development and Decent Work
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New Ela Bhatt Professors in the ICDD: Gaochao He (China) & William Baah-Boateng (Ghana) The ICDD welcomes two visiting scientists for the winter term: Mr. Gaochao He is the CoDirector of the International Center for Joint Labor Research in the Department of political science – Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou in China. Mr. William Baah-Boateng from the Department of Economics, University of Ghana, focuses on the subjects Gender and Asset Ownership; Determinants of Occupational Choice of Ghanaian Workers; Spouses’ labour market status and moonlighting decisions and International Remittances and Poverty Reduction. You can also see their profiles by following this link: http://www.unikassel.de/einrichtungen/icdd/aboutus0/people/icdd-scientists/ela-bhatt-visitingprofessorship.html

Published on 2015-09-08 13:29:55 GMT

The International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) is very pleased to announce a public lecture by Dr. Janne Mende (University of Kassel): Modern Slavery and Freedom Date: Wed, 08 July 2015 Start: 18:00 s.t. Venue: Room H13, Lecture Building, Steinstraße 19, 37213 Witzenhausen About the speaker: Dr. Janne Mende`s research focuses on the relevance of private actors for the violation and protection of human rights (minority and indigenous rights) as well as culture and identity in the context of globalization and global governance. Janne Mende holds a PhD in Politics (University of Giessen) and a Magister Artium in Politics, Anthropology and Psychology (Free University Berlin). Throughout 2013-2014, she was a lecturer for ‘Globalization & Politics’ and ‘International Relations’ at the University of Kassel. Before, she has taught at the University of Giessen and Free University Berlin. From 10/2010 to 10/2013, she conducted her PhD research on collective human rights, concentrating on scope and meanings of identity, culture and indigeneity. The PhD was DFG-funded via the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (University of Giessen). A previous study on universalism, cultural relativism and female genital mutilation/cutting was published in 2011. The lecture is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome to attend. Tables in a close by restaurant will be reserved for a social gathering afterwards. In order to estimate the number of people please confirm your interest: wiz[at]icdd.uni-kassel.de.

Published on 2015-06-17 10:26:06 GMT

TODAY: The Department of Development and Postcolonial Studies invites you to a lecture on population policy and a film screening on Fanon. Both take place today, May 28, 12 am and 6 pm, at the ICDD. 1) Together with the ICDD the Department of Development & Postcolonial Studies cordially invites you to a guest lecture held by Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Professor and Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon with the following topic: "Deconstructing Received Concepts: Who says women have an Unmet Need (for contraception)?" >> Demography has been one of the Social Science disciplines very slow to recognise gender, intersectionailty, or an African worldview. This despite demographers having spent almost a century examining Africa's "population problem". This presentation briefly traces the trajectory of the "Africa problem' in population discourse, and the invention of women's "unmet need" (for contraception). Using both survey and interview data, the paper shows how concepts (in this case "Unmet need") create and perpetuate caricatures of African people, and how, methodologically, deconstructions can come alive. << Thursday, 28 May, 12:00 am Kleine Rosenstraße 1-3, Kassel 2) Furthermore, the Department invites you to the film screening "Concerning Violence - Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self Defence", afterwards at 6:00 pm - Thursday, 28 May, Kleine Rosenstraße 1-3, Kassel. >> Frantz Fanon's seminal “Wretched of the Earth” combines the urgency of anticolonial resistance with critical, reflexive assessments of the challenges and pitfalls of decolonisation that remain topical to this day. The Martinican psychiatrist of African descent wrote his analyses of racism, colonial violence and decolonisation not as a detached observer, but from the trenches of the conflict in which he took the side of the anticolonial FNLM in Algeria. The resulting analysis remains as insightful and confrontative now as it was then. Reprising the visual research method from his earlier “Black Power Mixtape” which focussed on the Black Liberation struggle in the USA, Swedish Director Göran Hugo Olsson has unearthed footage from Swedish TV archives. Grouped into nine visual vignettes, they document both the harrowing brutality and casual racism but also the steely determination and liberatory vision that informed anticolonial contestations and wars across the African continent in the 1960s and 1970s. In-depth depictions of the war in Angola and Mozambique are complemented by scenes from Liberia, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and Tanzania, giving voice to resistance fighters, doctors as well as settlers, merchants and missionaries. The kaleidoscopic scenes are framed with excerpts from “The Wretched of the Earth”. The urgency, vision and reflexivity of Fanon's text and Olson visuals is matched by Ms Lauryn Hill's presentation of key segments mostly from the first chapter of the book. With a introduction by postcolonial theorist Gayatri Chacravorty Spivak, “Concerning Violence” stands as a visual testimony to the disruptive importance, poignancy and poetry of theory from the South. Documentary, Sweden 2014, 84 min. <<