Development Studies Conference

An academic conference specifically devoted to undergraduate research in Development Studies has been organized by Sarah Lawrence College students and will be held on the campus of the College in southern Westchester, just north of New York City, on Friday, April 20. The east coast invitational conference features research relating to the idea of "development" in the context of economics, politics and geography. Students from Bard College, Columbia University, and Smith College will join students from Sarah Lawrence to present original research on a variety of issues.

"The conference is a forum for students and academics to discuss the contemporary implications of development studies and development work," said Meghan Roguschka '12, the chief organizer of the conference. "As members of this generation, with the tools we have to connect with people from around the world, it is our responsibility to understand how and why people live as they do, and what determines those livelihoods around the globe."

Ten papers to be presented were selected from 30 submitted. A call for papers was sent to deans and provosts from 300 colleges and universities throughout the east coast. Criteria for selection were clarity, relevance of the topic to the conference theme (Development Studies is defined as social/political structures and how they affect people and the economy), strong academic arguments, and grammatical correctness. The day will be rounded out by a keynote address by Karl Botchway, PhD of the New York City College of Technology, an economist selected on the basis of his work, read by many Sarah Lawrence students.

"The conference presents an opportunity for undergraduate students to defend their papers in front of a public audience, and then to engage in dialogue about the issues collectively," said Roguschka.

Presentations will be organized thematically into three sections (Economics, Geography, and Politics), and each section will be followed by a Q&A, moderated by Sarah Lawrence faculty members in the relevant disciplines. Countries represented in the papers  are Argentina, Bhutan, El Salvador, India, Ireland, Nigeria Peru, South Korea, and  the United States.

The Program begins at 10:30 a.m. with a welcome address by Roguschka followed by an introduction by Jamee Moudud, PhD, professor of Economics at SLC.

Welcome and Introduction
10:30 a.m.

Panel 1
11:30 – 12:30

Moderator, Dr. Jamee Moudud, Economics, SLC

Luis Lei, Sarah Lawrence College
Agricultural Modernization in Norte Grande, Argentina, A case analysis through the Tuhama Diversion Dike

Megan Svoboda, Smith College
A Radical Moment and A Collective Challenge: An Investigation into the Role of Alternative Economic Ventures in the Defining of a Town's Cultural Heritage

Priscilla Liu, Sarah Lawrence College
Government-Business Relations in Korean Industrialization

Panel 2
2:15 – 3:15

Moderator, Dr. Dominic Corva, Geography, SLC

Dahlia Colman, Sarah Lawrence College
Exploring Food Secure Frameworks for Market Integration: Farmers’ Cooperatives in Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan

Sebastian Barreneche, Sarah Lawrence College
Travel and Tourism: Economies of Pleasure, Profit and Power

Sandra Pellerano, Sarah Lawrence College
The Popular Education Movement in El Salvador

Tal Lee Anderman, Columbia University
Assessing Nutritional Implications of Expanding Oil Palm Production in Peru

Panel 3
3:15 – 4:15

Moderator, Dr. Elke Zuern, Politics, SLC

Gabriel Sub, Bard College
The Political Economy of the Resource Curse in Nigeria: Determining the Cause of Crisis

Richard Sun, Columbia University
Triple Bottom Line Analysis of Sustainable Urban Development: The Brick City Case Study

Brigid Conroy, Sarah Lawrence College
Building progress: Indian dams, agrarian territories, and the hybridity of state intervention

Keynote Speech
4:15 – 5:30

Dr. Karl Botchway holds a PhD from the Graduate Faculty of Political and social Science, New School For Social Research, New York. He has taught at Kean University in NJ, Sarah Lawrence College, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He worked as a journalist in Ghana and was the recipient of the 1986 Promising Journalist of the Year Award. In 1987 he was awarded the Dag Hammarskjold Fellowship to cover the 46th General Assembly of the United Nations. Dr. Botchway is a member of the African Studies Association, American Political Science Association and the Academy of Political Science. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the New York City College of Technology. The City University of New York , where he specializes in the political economy of African Development.