Welcome from the Director

From the Director (Paul Kingston) and Associate Director (Leslie Chan), CCDS (Centre for Critical Development Studies)….

A warm welcome back to all members of our IDS/CCDS community as we begin this new academic year, 2016-2017. I would especially like to welcome all of our new students in the Specialist, Major, and now our new Minor programs in IDS who are joining us for the first time. Alas, the summer is over….

Now down to business! Here are a list of some of the events you can look forward to being organized by the CCDS for IDS students. Please mark all of these events down in your calendars!!!

IDS Potluck Supper - Friday, September 16th

First, you are all invited to our first IDS Potluck Supper on Friday, September 16th (5:30pm to 8:30 pm). It will be held in H 305 - above the H-Wing cafeteria.

The IDS Potluck is open to all students interested in IDS, whether you are enrolled formally in a program or not. This is our inaugural event of the year and a chance to meet lots of fellow students, professors and staff. All you need to do is bring a plate, cutlery if possible, and a culinary creation for the potluck table! You may RSVP and sign up your food here on the link below. Please do so by Tuesday, September 8th, 2016.


IDS Forum - Wednesday, September 28th, 3:00-4:30pm (location - TBA).

Second, please come to the first IDS Forum of the year on Wednesday, September 28th (3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, room to be decided). 

The IDS Forum is an open-ended gathering of students from all IDS programs, faculty, and staff of the IDS community. It offers a chance for you to find out more about the activities of the CCDS and the IDS Student Association (IDSSA) and to make suggestions as to how the IDS program, the CCDS, and the IDSSA can better serve you as students. Please come and bring your ideas!

Others Highlights of CCDS Activities in the Fall, 2016

Friday, September 16th – The IDS Potluck Supper!!!

Wednesday, September 28th - the IDS Forum, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Details about location to follow. After the IDS Forum, please come to our 1st CCDS Seminar of the year, details below…

Wednesday, September 28th (Later that same day) – The first CCDS Seminar of the year will feature our own Professor Judith Teichman who will be speaking on "The Politics of Inclusive Development". This is the topic of Judith's latest book (http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137550859) in which she investigates the political conditions and policies most likely to bring about progress toward inclusive development. One of the many positive reviews noted that "Teichman delivers a powerful statement of the conditions under which truly inclusive development are possible. It is a must-read for scholars and practitioners of economic development alike.” (Prof. Marcus Kurtz, Ohio State University, USA, Author of Free Market Democracy and the Chilean and Mexican Countryside and Latin American State Building in Comparative Perspective). So, please join us for this inaugural event of CCDS's seminar season!!! 

Wednesday, October 19th, 7-9 pm - CCDS's Annual Al Berry Lecture in Critical Development Studies: This is our 'signature' event of the year and features U of T's own Professor Tania Li (PhD, Cambridge University, 1987). Tania is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto (STG campus), a Canada Research Chair in the Political-Economy and Culture of Asia, Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC). She has written about the rise of Indonesia’s indigenous peoples’ movement, land reform, rural class formation, struggles over the forests and conservation, community resource management, and state-organized resettlement. Here latest book is entitled Land's End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier, Duke University Press, 2014 (See: http://anthropology.utoronto.ca/people/faculty/tania-li/lands-end-tania-...). 

Friday, November 11th, 1-3 pm: An Open Student Forum with Women Leaders from the Global South” – the CCDS will host an open forum for IDS students with a delegation of emerging women leaders from the Global South who have just completed a leadership training program at the COADY Institute. Details about the forum and the post-forum reception to follow – but this is an amazing opportunity so put it on your calendars and don’t miss it!!!

TBA - 5th Year IDS Coop Students Research Seminar. Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to the research projects of our 5th year students in the IDS Coop program. Details to follow….