The Lecture Series in Development Practice is an attempt to bring to the university setting, scholars who have straddled the space of both academic rigor and practice (either in the form of policy making, or grassroots level developmental work [in government and in non-government initiatives] or through participation in ‘new social movements’). It was also to give us – the Development Practice team, the larger AUD faculty and the research students at AUD – a sense of what the conceptual-practical contours of the emergent discipline of Development Practice could be.

  1. Mihir Shah, (Member, Planning Commission) delivered a talk on Civil Society and Development: Emerging Concerns.
  2. Rajarshi Dasgupta, delivered a talk on the Shifting Identities: Refugee Politics and Urbanization in West Bengal.
  3. Rajni Palriwala delivered a lecture on Gender and Development.
  4. Anu Aga delivered a talk on Embracing Life Through Experience of Death on 26th April 2015
  5. Aman Biradari Trust gave a seminar on ‘Understanding the Rural’, on 24th November, 2015
  6. Sara Ahmed delivered a talk on “Qualities of a Development Practitioner” on 2nd November, 2015
  7. Anjan Chakrabarti delivered a talk on “Development, Economic Crisis, Critique and Alternative” on 31st October, 2015. He visited us again on 17th September 2016 and delivered a talk on ‘Class and Need: A Marxian Theory of Development’.
  8. Laura Ligouri gave a talk on “Accessing the Landscape Within: deploying psychology and neurobiology to inform poverty reduction and empowerment strategies” 16, September 2015
  9. Pranab Kanti Basu, delivered a talk on ‘Neoliberalism: Political Economy of the Soul’, 23 September 2016.
  10. Dr Binayak Sen and Dr Ilina Sen delivered aTalk on “Critical Medical Practice, Social Transformation and Gender”, October 24 2016.
  11. David Pavon Cuéllar from Mexico visited us on 3rd August, 2017 and delivered a series of lectures on ‘Psychoanalysis, Marxism and the Praxis of Development.