10-12 September 2009
Organised by Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PUCP)
The International Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) sets out to explore the relationships between participation, poverty and power from the perspective of their contribution to human development and capabilities.
The Conference has as a main purpose the analysis and deeper understanding of how power structures can be changed in order to advance the capabilities of the poor, particularly in contexts where there is ethnic, racial, regional, or religious diversity. There will be an emphasis on the role of political participation by the deprived.
It is hoped that papers presented will analyse power and participation in relation to the capability approach from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Papers may analyze and critically evaluate the diverse experience of social participation in Latin America and elsewhere in the world, ranging from participatory decision making to social mobilization, and aim to increase our understanding of the structure of power and the exercise of it in society from the family level to the local, the regional (sub national), the national and to the global, through political (state, democratic government, civil society) economic (economic policy and enterprise) and cultural (through media, art, intercultural interactions, etc.) institutions.
Continuing the established tradition of the HDCA conferences, papers are also welcomed which advance conceptual clarification of the capability approach (in relation, for example, to agency, rights, entitlements etc.); which include empirical work (including research methods to capture situations and social practices contributing to the wide range of valued capabilities (political, family, religion, education, etc.); and which are from a range of disciplines (including economics, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, political science, theology, law).
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