International Conference on Navigating Inequality, Development, and Sustainability in the Global South

Organizer: Vellore Institute of Technology-Andhra Pradesh (VIT-AP) University, Andhra Pradesh, India

  • When: 13-14 September 2024 (Hybrid)
  • Call for Papers
  • A nominal registration fee will be charged from both paper presenters and participants

Context and Rationale

The burgeoning discourse surrounding the Global South has been attracting scholarly
attention worldwide lately. To delve into this emerging domain of research, one needs to understand the inherent paradox the region exhibits. While the region has many rapidly growing economies, the concerns pertaining to inequality, social and economic development,
environmental vulnerabilities, and sustainability in the Global South pose a serious challenge in ensuring the basic standard of living and sustenance. These issues are particularly pressing
in regions such as Latin America, Africa, and Asia. While such nations display a
substantially increasing GDP and a booming technological sector, they also contend with severe poverty, gender disparities, and rural-urban divides. Concerning social disparity and
intersectionality especially in South-Asian countries such as India, where caste, community, and religion take precedence in discourses rendered to counter inequality, this conference in its critical endeavour raises questions on the prevalent established norms. Furthermore,
environmental sustainability poses a significant challenge with issues such as air pollution, water scarcity, and the harrowing impacts of climate change, consequential in the overall development of the region.

This conference aims to explore these intersections through critical and scholarly
deliberations, offering a platform for scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss and develop actionable strategies and praxis. Addressing these issues requires a nuanced understanding of this complex interplay of domains merging times and spaces, both
geographical and otherwise. Social and economic development must be inclusive and sustainable to ensure long-term benefits. This conference will also focus on how countries from the Global South can navigate these complex challenges, promoting an equitable and sustainable development model thereby ensuring a much habitable ecosystem of balanced
development and resources for all.

Thrust Areas

We invite abstracts of about 250 words for paper presentations that deliberate on the
following sub-themes listed below (but are not limited to), and may be sent to on or before 31 July 2024.

  • Inequality, Inclusive Growth, and Equity
  • Policies and Praxis: Governance, Polity, and Public Administration
  • Literature, Media, and Dialogue: Narrative Responses from the Global South
  • Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Science, Technological Progress, and the Digital Divide
  • Marginalities, Representation, and Socio-cultural Movements
  • Intersectionality in the Global South: Gender, Caste, and Religion
  • Demography, Migration, and Diaspora
  • Development Indicators, Measurements, and Critique
  • Subjective Wellbeing and Social Dynamics: Dimensions from the Global South

Important Dates

  • July 31, 2024: Submission of Abstracts
  • August 09, 2024: Acceptance Intimation
  • August 20, 2024: Early Bird Registration
  • August 31, 2024: Late Registration
  • September 03, 2024: Late Registration
  • September 13-14, 2024: Dates of the Conference

Organising Team

Chair, Organising Committee: Dr Priyanka Ghosh, Dean-VISH
Convenor: Dr Ashraf Pulikkamath
Co-convenors: Dr Soumik Sarkar, Dr Ritu Varghese, and Dr Anjitha Gopi
Organising Committee Members: Dr Rafael Gonzalez Macho, Dr Sunil Khosla, Dr Tanmoy
Das, Dr Linet Thomas, Dr Neethu P Antony, Dr Arpana Venu, Dr Suresh Garimella,
Dr Amrita Purakayastha, and Dr Karishma Bisht.


Conference Email:
Dr Ashraf Pulikkamath:

About VISH

The VIT-AP School of Social Sciences and Humanities (VISH) has evolved into an
independent School, combining the Department of Languages with existing Social Sciences courses since its inception in 2017. VISH focuses on equipping students with language skills
and a broad perspective on culture, language, society, politics, and economics. The faculty provide a holistic education, complementing other university disciplines, to develop individuals capable of applying knowledge and solving problems. The School’s varied courses
foster marketable skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, knowledge application, and evidence-based analysis.

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