IDS announces Inaugural Annual Lecture with James Ferguson

Published on 23 May 2016

As part of IDS’ 50th year anniversary a new IDS Annual Lecture is being launched this July, with guest speaker James Ferguson, the Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University.

Convening the best development minds

Professor Melissa Leach, IDS Director, said: “As the Institute turns 50 we are delighted to announce our IDS annual public lecture and honoured to have renowned anthropologist of development and public intellectual Professor James Ferguson as our first guest lecturer.

“We want the IDS Annual Lecture to be known for convening the best development minds, at the forefront of ideas that make a difference in this new era of universal international development in an increasingly interconnected world.”

Not Working: Rethinking Production and Distribution in the Jobless City

The Lecture on the 5 July by Professor Ferguson is titled “Not Working: Rethinking Production and Distribution in the Jobless City” examining the issue of contemporary global cities being full of people not in stable, waged employment and suggesting new analytical categories to help enable an understanding of the emergence of other livelihood strategies.

‘Give a Man a Fish’

This follows Professor Ferguson’s most recent work exploring the surprising creation and/or expansion (both in southern Africa and across the global South) of social welfare programs targeting the poor, anchored in schemes that directly transfer small amounts of cash to large numbers of low-income people. On this topic his latest book ‘Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution’ was recently published by Duke University Press.

Register to attend

The public lecture on the 5 July at the University of Sussex will be open to all and will now be a regular annual fixture on the IDS calendar.

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