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SOAS Department of Development Studies News 

February 2017
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Events
Upcoming events hosted by the Department include: The Department's Peter Mollinga and Colette Harris will also be speaking in the London International Development Centre seminar series
Videos
Videos of talks given by the Department’s staff and visiting speakers are often added to the Department’s You Tube channel. Recent highlights include:
Anti-Value in Marx, David Harvey
Q&A about the film I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach with Francesca Martinez
Violent Past, Hot Present, Extreme Future, Andreas Malm
The Sweatshop Regime: Labouring Bodies, Exploitation and Garments Made in India, Alessandra Messadri
Settling Down and Moving On: Nomadic Identity, Politics ... in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, Richard Axlby 
Markets-in-the-making in Neoliberal Natures: Assembling REDD+ in Nigeria’s ‘Last Rainforest’, Adeniyi Asiyanbi
Research 
The Department's research is having an impact on EU aid to Horn of Africa.
Image courtesy of UNICEF via Flickr.
The Department’s research on border areas in the Horn of Africa has led to a $63.9 million development project financed by the EU Trust Fund for Africa. The research, carried out in three cross-border areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan, centred on migration, instability, and sources of vulnerability, in order to gain a better understanding of the political, social, environmental and economic dynamics in those areas. The research was carried out by the Research and Evidence Facility (REF) on the Horn of Africa, a research consortium led by SOAS, which is supported by the EU Trust Fund.
Academic publications
Journal articles recently published by the Department's staff include: 
  • Paolo Novak 'Placing Borders in Development', Geopolitics.
  • Ravi K. Raman ‘Subaltern Modernity: Kerala, the Eastern Theatre of Resistance in the Global South’, Sociology.
  • Farooq Sulehria ‘DD and PTV as victims of media globalisation’, Asian Journal of Communication.
A French edition of Gilbert Achcar’s Morbid Symptoms has been released (France), as well as a recent Spanish edition of The Arabs and the Holocaust (Mexico) and Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism (Spain), and a Persian edition of The People Want (Austria-based publisher).

All recent publications can be viewed through SOAS Research Online.
Blogs
Unblocking University for Displaced People, Anna Lindley for the EAL Journal blog.
Why Global Efforts to Address Climate Change Through Forest Conservation are FailingAdeniyi Asiyanbi for the Department of Development Studies blog.
Book Review of Jason Moore’s Capitalism in the Web of Life
Henry Bernstein for the Journal of Agrarian Change blog.
Trump’s Poisonous Ban on Muslims: Dangerous for Migrants and their Communities Everywhere, Laura Hammond for the Study at SOAS Blog.
Cory M. Grenier via Flickr
Combatting the Business of Forced Labour in Global Supply ChainsGenevieve LeBaron for the Labour Social Movements and Development blog.
Riyaad Minty via Flickr
Dadaab Closure; View from a Former ResidentMoulid Hujale for the Research and Evidence Facility: Horn of Africa blog.
Riyaad Minty via Flickr
The Global Crisis and the Disintegration of NeoliberalismAlfredo Saad Filho for the Department of Development Studies blog.
Riyaad Minty via Flickr

Mike Jennings has recently posted pieces on Brexit, the Global Gag order, the Ethiopian Spice Girls  for his Africa Development and Politics blog.
Media and analysis 
Members of the Department have contributed to The London Middle East Institute’s SOAS Centenary Special Issue:
  • ‘The mutation of the Turkish state: the long view’ by Deniz Kandiyoti
  • ‘Understanding the role of the Gulf States’ by Adam Hanieh
  • ‘The importance of Palestine studies’ by Gilbert Achcar
Speaking engagements
Guy Standing participated in two panel events at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2017, one focused on basic income, and one on corruption, where he spoke about his latest book, The Corruption of Capitalism. He was also interviewed as part of the Forum’s An Insight, An Idea series and wrote three articles for the Forum’s blog - the first on the precariat and the rise of populism, the second on the 5 biggest lies of global capitalism, and the third on the precariat, populism and robots.
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