Friday, September 23, 2011

Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame: Call for Papers

Faces Behind the Figures: Visions of Prosperity, Progress and Human Potential
The Fourth-Annual Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame

The Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, in conjunction with the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame and SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning, announces a student research conference on topics relevant to human development. This event will take place at the University of Notre Dame on February 10-11, 2012.

The conference is an opportunity to explore interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches to improving livelihoods and advancing human dignity. Our inspiration for this year’s theme comes from Eduardo Galeano’s work, “Those Little Numbers and People.” In it, he observes, “In our countries, numbers live better than people. How many people prosper in times of prosperity? How many people find their lives developed by development?” With these ideas in mind, we aim to uncover the meaning of human-centric development. How do both the real, everyday experiences of people merge with statistical indicators of poverty and development to reveal something about their lives?

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to take part in this conversation. We welcome students to share their research experiences from a broad spectrum of topics.

For those interested in presenting a paper, please attach your abstract (limit 300 words) and complete the survey questions found on the conference website: Only proposals received by the Monday, October 17 deadline will receive consideration. Invitations for participation will be extended no later than Monday, November 21. Students who accept invitations to present at the conference are responsible for securing funding for travel and other related expenses. More information will be forthcoming on our website. We hope that you will join us!

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