IDEA-UNAULA-REDETICA 2022 (was to be 2021) Congress: Development in times of conflict (CFP – English)

The conference, originally scheduled for February 2021 has been postponed to summer 2022. Some pre-conference events in the interim are in planning. Please check back here, or contact the conference organizers at the email below.

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Twelfth Congress of the International Development Ethics Association 

IDEA-UNAULA-REDETICA (rescheduled) 2022 Congress:

Development in times of conflict: ethical pathways towards peace and justice
Medellin, Colombia, February 1st-3rd, 2021 : rescheduling to be announced (target of July 2022).

Red para la formación ética y ciudadana (REDETICA), The Universidad Autónoma LatinoAmericana (UNAULA) and International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) invite scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and other interested parties to submit proposals for presentations at a conference on the theme:

Conference Theme

For decades, Colombia has lived through one of the most complex armed conflicts in South America. More than fifty years of armed conflict has deteriorated institutional foundations, torn at the basic social fabric, created distrust in the figure of the State and hindered the building of a common national project. These facts and ongoing exclusion reflect a failure of development, which is as much a focus for concern in conflict, and in the generation of conflict as it is in a more orderly society. In some regions, violence, naturalized as a means of resolving conflict, has come to constitute an ethos in which resentment and revenge are habitual expressions, and the taking up of arms is frequently seen as the only option to resolve the disputes, while ongoing exclusion and recurring acts of injustice make up Colombia’s national reality.

The signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian State and the FARC guerrillas has given rise to a crucial moment in the country’s development. In this new post-agreement period, words such as truth, justice, reparation, non-repetition, forgiveness, reconciliation, among others, signal the possibility of political and moral pathways to conflict resolution. They open spaces for dialogue, reflection and action in which an education in ethics must occupy a central place; otherwise the construction of a pluralistic and democratic society is impossible. The present context demands proposals to maintain the peace, as well as the critical assumption of new paradigms framed in a special jurisdiction for the peace process and the realization of transitional justice.

It is of great importance for this region specifically, and for the national and Latin American context in general, to promote spaces for dialogue and research on the peace agreement, transitional justice, the post-agreement environment, and community-building, among other topics. Thus, conference organizers particularly encourage submissions on the following themes as they apply to ethical development:

  • Conflict, transitional justice and reconciliation;
  • Experiences of organizations and collective action in transforming territories for peace;
  • Peacebuilding and peacekeeping: the challenges;
  • Sharing and comparing experiences of peacebuilding from other regions of the world;
  • Internal and international displacement by conflict: immigration and refugees;
  • Pathways to peace: development, post-development, decolonial approaches, buen vivir and other aspirational ideas for dialogue;
  • Limits of the liberal peace paradigm;
  • Hybrid conceptions of peacebuilding;

The congresses of the International Development Ethics Association are open to proposals concerning all aspects of ethics in the context of development; other foci include but are not limited to:

  • Urban planning/displacement by development;
  • Development ethics in times of climate change;
  • Complexity, uncertainty, and sustainable development;
  • Social and grassroots innovation for transformative change;
  • Whose knowledge? Epistemic justice and ecology of knowledges;

Presentations are encouraged from practitioners and scholars; they may examine these issues from diverse practical, theoretical and conceptual perspectives including philosophical arguments, empirical analysis, observers’ and participants’ accounts, examinations of policy, and action strategies. The conference will engage scholars and practitioners from around the world, and from a wide variety of disciplines and activities (including philosophy and other humanities, social sciences, policy studies, development, social work, NGOs, local and global agencies and organizations, government officials and policy makers). IDEA particularly welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners in the global south.

Keynote addresses and plenary sessions

In addition to keynote lectures and other plenaries, the conference will accommodate different types of sessions:

The International Development Ethics Association’s David Crocker lecture will be delivered by Adela Cortina, Professor of Philosophy, Universidad de Valencia, Spain. Detailed information on other keynote topics and presenters will be provided on our conference website as it becomes available.

A keynote lecture on Latin American thinking about conflicts and local development will be delivered by Karina Batthyány, Executive Director of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences – CLACSO.

Red para la formación ética y ciudadana (REDETICA) will chair a symposium on Education, Ethics and Peace building.

Other plenary sessions and invited speakers are to be announced.

Conference timeline and sessions

The main conference takes place from 1st to 3rd February 2021. The 4-5th of February will consist of an IDEA retreat and a field visit.

In addition to keynote lectures and other plenaries, the conference will accommodate different types of sessions:

  • Academic paper sessions. Each paper will be presented in a session with 2 or 3 other submissions (25 minutes per paper including Q&A). Please send an abstract of 500 words, with a list of 3-5 keywords.
  • Panel presentations. These will consist of 3 or 4 presentations on a topic. Panel proposals should consist of an abstract of approximately 1000 words, giving details of each presentation, and overall topic.
  • Student meets scholar sessions. These are intended for graduate students to present their research plan or work in progress (proposals should be 500 words with 3-5 keywords). Senior scholars will provide feedback and chair the discussion.
  • Roundtables. Intended to engage policymakers, governmental stakeholders, and practitioners about practical approaches to dealing with the problems that are the focus of the conference. Please send a 500-1,000 word abstract, plus 3-5 keywords. Also include information on the roundtable participants, affiliations, and whether the participation of each of them has been confirmed.
  • Video-conference participation. This conference is currently scheduled to be blended in-person and video formats. We hope to provide video-conference participants, at minimum, with access to most plenary sessions (in Spanish or English) as well as online panels. Conference fees will be reduced for these participants.


If you are interested in participating in this conference, please submit your abstract [reopened call details to come — June 2021 / detalles por venir, junio 2021]

Important Deadlines

Submission of proposals to [renewed call, details to come — June 2021]

July 31, 2020 – Announcement of acceptance/rejection (please expect some delay, as due to deadline extension — estimate August 15)
October 15, 2020 – Deadline for conference registration at early-bird rates
December 15, 2020 – Final deadline for conference registration at standard rates

Conference language: English, Spanish and Portuguese. Paper submissions and presentations can be either in three languages mentioned before; some conference sessions will be facilitated by translation.


Conference conveners:

  • Alexandra Agudelo López, Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana, Medellín, Colombia
  • Alejandra Boni, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València), Spain
  • Salim Chalela Naffah, Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana, Medellín, Colombia
  • Anna Malavisi, Department of Philosophy & Humanistic Studies, Western Connecticut State University, United States of America
  • Eduardo Rueda, Red para la formación ética y ciudadana (REDETICA)
  • Diana Velasco, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València), Spain

Organizing committee

  • Alexandra Agudelo López, Unaula, Medellín, Colombia
  • Alejandra Boni, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València), Spain
  • Salim Chalela Naffah, Unaula, Medellín, Colombia
  • Stephen Esquith, Michigan State University, United States of America
  • Anna Malavisi, Department of Philosophy & Humanistic Studies, Western Connecticut State University, United States of America
  • Eric Palmer, International Development Ethics Association (IDEA)
  • Eduardo Rueda, Red para la formación ética y ciudadana (REDETICA)
  • Diana Velasco, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València), Spain
  • Johannes Waldmuller, FLACSO and Universidad de las Américas (UDLA), Quito, Ecuador
  • Carlos Zorro, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Field visit

An optional field visit to Comuna 13 and Comuna 8, places working on peace and reconciliation, and an ecological project (Parque Arvi) are in planning. A two-day retreat for planning future work of the International Development Ethics Association to follow the conference is also envisioned. Conference retreat is also open to all conference participants. Details to follow.


Medellin, known as the city of eternal spring, is the second most important Colombian city. It is located between mountains and characterized by perfect weather between 23 – 28 Celsius degrees every day. The city offers an important cultural life: museums, restaurants, parks and historical buildings. Beautiful towns such as Santa Fe de Antioquia (one hour and a half) and Guatape (two hours) are accessible by car or shuttle. Finally, you may see the efforts of transforming urban territories via the public transportation system.

More information:

Congress site: details will be announced on the conference website in due course
Accommodations: details will be announced on the conference website


Main conference website:
Paper submission through easy chair address [reopened call details to come — June 2021 / detalles por venir, junio 2021]
Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana:
International Development Ethics Association (IDEA):


Conference rates to be announced. These will be lower for students, and for professionals not from high income countries.

All conference participants must also be members of the International Development Ethics Association. Membership should be secured in advance of the conference. You can join or renew your IDEA membership anytime here:​​​​​​​


All questions about submissions should be emailed to