The Human Aspect of Development in Liberia Steps, Strategies, and Sustainability April 4-7, 2013 Rutgers, State University of New Jersey New Brunswick Liberian Studies Association 45th Annual Conference will be hosted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and specifically by the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products program (NUANPP), the Center for African Studies (CAS), the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) and the Bloustien School of Planning and Public Policy. The meeting will be held, April 4-7, 2013 in the city of New Brunswick, the heart of central New Jersey.
Conference Abstract: Development, it is increasingly understood, is more than solely an economic matter. There is now growing acknowledgement that governance and human and social development goals have to be integrated for an inclusive approach. Economic calculations are obviously vital to planning development and assessing its results. But so are human factors; how political and social factors affect development efforts and how people’s lives are affected by development projects. Thus, as important as things like macroeconomic management and changed in GDP and annual income are, this year’s conference will focus on the human aspect of development.
Call for Papers: The Liberian Studies Association invites proposals for papers on social, economic, and political factors that affect development planning and implementation and on social and political changes that result from development endeavors. Proposals should be no more than one page (single-spaced, between 200 – 300 words) and must include name, title, and institutional or organizational affiliation and full contact details of the author or authors. Deadline for proposals/abstracts is January 20th, 2013.
Subjects of interest include:
• Liberia’s development needs;
• Education for development and/or development of education;
• Politics, governance, and/or ideology and development;
• Development programs and strategies in the rebuilding process;
• Conflicts between the goals of external funders (e.g., international financial institutions, foreign governments) and Liberia’s needs; and,
• Impacts of development endeavors on the lives of Liberians.
Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the LSA Abstract Committee on the basis of scholarship qualities, the extent of the original research, the rigor of the analysis, innovative, policy-oriented and insightful contribution towards the development debate, best practices and the significance of the conclusions as well as their relevance to issues affecting Liberia. As the theme suggests, preference will be given to papers that focus on the human aspect of development. Proposals for papers on other subjects in the same spirit will be considered.
All abstracts should be sent to: 45th LSA Abstract Review Committee, c/o Jackie Sayegh, 190 Uris Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 / firstname.lastname@example.org or to Jim Simon email@example.com; or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration: Registration is required to attend and present papers at the conference. General Registration is $100.00 / Registered students - $50.00. There will be on-site registration.
Contact information: For LSA information and inquiries, contact: Jackie Sayegh - email@example.com Tel: (607) 255-6849 or Prof. Jim Simon, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com For Information about Rutgers, CAS, local events and logistics, please contact: Renee DeLancey firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested Hotels in Area: The Holiday Inn Express, New Brunswick– $88.00 http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/east-brunswick/ebknj/hoteldetail Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick- $139.00* http://www.theheldrich.com/ Hilton, New Brunswick - $99.00 / http://www.hilton.com/search/hi/us/nj/east_brunswick/0/0/0/0/0/0/20?WT.s... Hampton Inn, North Brunswick - $99 http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-jersey/hampton-inn-north-bru... *within walking distance to the Bloustein School at Rutgers University
Directions By Air: For out-of-state or foreign participants, the nearest airport to New Brunswick is the Newark International Airport which is about 45 minutes away in Newark, New Jersey.
For those arriving from overseas, many will find arrivals coming into the JFK International Airport and/or the La Guardia International Airport, both in New York City and about 60 minutes away. The Philadelphia International Airport is about a 90-minute drive and appears to be the furthest away from Rutgers. Bus and train service in addition to taxi service is available from the airports that will bring you to New Brunswick. If you require shuttle service from the airports to your hotel, you will need to make your own arrangements by calling State Shuttle at (973) 729-0030 or (800) 427-3207.
By Car: From the New Jersey Turnpike (north or south):Take Exit 9 to Route 18 North. Take the New Street exit. Stay straight through lights at Neilson Street and George Street.The Bloustein School is on your right at the intersection of New Street and Livingston Avenue.
From Garden State Parkway South: Take Exit 129 to the New Jersey Turnpike South. Take Exit 9 for Route 18 North and follow the Turnpike directions above. From Garden State Parkway North: Take Exit 105 to Route 18 North and follow the directions listed above.
From Route 1:Take Route 1 to the intersection of Route 18 and take the exit for Route 18 North. Follow the directions listed above. From Route 287:Take Exit 10 to Easton Avenue (New Brunswick). Proceed on Easton Avenue for approximately 7 miles until it ends at Albany Street (at the New Brunswick train station). Turn left onto Albany Street; go a block and a half to George Street. Turn right at George Street and go four blocks to Livingston Avenue. Turn right onto Livingston Avenue; the Bloustein School will be on your right at the next intersection, the corner of Livingston Avenue and New Street.