COST DecolDEV Summer School: ‘Pluriversal Transitions and Lived Utopias: Postdevelopment and beyond’

Are you passionate about challenging conventional development paradigms? Do you seek to explore alternative pathways toward a more just and sustainable world? Look no further! We are thrilled to announce our upcoming Summer School on ‘Pluriversal Transitions and Lived Utopias: Postdevelopment and beyond’

Date: 22 -24 July 2024

Location: Kassel, Germany


In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the limitations and contradictions inherent in mainstream development paradigms. From critiques of Western-centric approaches to calls for decolonizing development, there is a palpable sense of urgency to imagine and enact alternative futures.

In this summer school, we want to interrogate postdevelopment theory and practice, with a particular emphasis on lived utopias—real-world examples and imaginaries of alternative socio-political and economic arrangements that embody principles of solidarity, autonomy, and ecological justice.

Topics include:

  • Critiques of mainstream development paradigms and the emergence of postdevelopment theory.
  • The intersections of decoloniality, feminism, and ecological justice
  • Examples of lived utopias that challenge dominant narratives and inspire collective action.
  • Strategies for fostering pluriversal transitions towards more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable futures.

Who Should Attend?

This Summer School welcomes graduate and PhD participants, as well as practitioners and activists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, including but not limited to development studies, sociology, anthropology, environmental studies, political science, economics.


Please complete the application form following this link.

As part of your application we ask for a short letter of motivation (max. 250 words) stating why you would like to participate, what prior knowledge you have of postdevelopment and/or lived utopias, what you hope to contribute/benefit from, and how the summer school relates to your work/activisms/other engagements.

Application deadline: 7 April 2024

We will announce the selection results soon thereafter.


Participation in the Summer School is free of charge. Travel, food (beyond light snacks and coffee breaks) and accommodation are self-organised.


Limited funding to support travel and accommodation is available for participants with no or precarious employment contracts, Postgraduate and PhD students. Please indicate in your application whether you would like to apply for this.

Child care

We are able to offer child care options. Please let us know via the application form.

For any questions, please contact Julia Schöneberg (

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