*Student Speaker Conference Call for Submissions*

IPID is a student-led initiative that brings together graduate students from across the University who are actively engaged in development studies. On the afternoon of Friday, April 22, 2011 IPID will host its second Student Speaker Conference. The theme for this semester's event is:

"Power, Participation, and Development: Who's In Control?"

We are soliciting papers and visual art (such as photo essays) from graduate students across all departments in the University that demonstrate an advanced level of critical and creative thinking, up to five of which will be selected for presentation. At the event, each selected student will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on his or her paper or artistic piece, followed by a brief Q&A. After all speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated panel session with all presenters and open discussion to tie together the ideas presented. The conference will be recorded and the papers and artistic pieces will be published on IPID's website (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ipid/ipid/).

The event's theme is intentionally broadly defined. IPID seeks submissions from a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives and disciplines, regarding any relevant issue, event, population, or geographic area to the theme. The moderated panel will explore linkages between papers and works based on theoretical questions such as the following; however, when considering topics to submit, please do not feel limited by these ideas:

How does an interdisciplinary perspective, and your particular disciplinary perspective, affect our conceptualization of who holds power, how power is wielded, and who can participate in the discourse or practice of international development?
What role do particular groups of participants have in international development, and how can they be identified, studied, aided, contested or otherwise engaged via specific disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives?

What are the trends and issues affecting current approaches to power and participation in international development?

Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words (including paper title), or a link to your photo(s) and an accompanying written piece of up to 500 words (either as an attached essay or as captions to each photo) along with a short bio, to Peter Ehresmann (ehres014@umn.edu) with the subject line: "IPID Submission."

Deadline: noon on Sunday March 27th, 2011

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