Panel 15

Contested flows of people, policies, concepts, discourses and images

Panel organisers: Jónína Einarsdóttir, University of Iceland and Pétur Skúlason Waldorff, University of Iceland.


Policies, concepts, discourses and images flow around the globe, within and across communities, countries and continents, as do human beings, adults and children alike. Concepts such as community based management, development, empowerment, participation, rights and sustainability circulate within the web and networks of global governance. Global governance in times of an emerging multiplex world involves public, corporate and private global institutions, and their values, rules, regulations and management procedures permeate the global arena. This panel aims to explore how individuals, local communities and groups of people adjust to, reformulate and contest such governance, its policies and attached discourses, concepts, ideas and images.

How do the roaming images of, for instance, children, youth, ex-combatants, disabled people, women, peasants and nomads inform concepts and approaches advocated to deal with each group? Why is community based management, empowerment and participation particularly relevant for those discriminated against and the rural poor? Does ownership belong to state authorities and elite groups? Did the rural populations, the informal sector and those who are unemployed have voice in formulating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Do the SDGs address the interests of these groups? How do children deal with measures, rooted in ideas about their rights and vulnerability, that nonetheless, restrict their movement in a search for better future? How do the varied forms of migration, forced, illegal or free, shape the life and identities of individuals and groups? On what grounds do rich countries claim to be good examples of success for Africa?

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