Topic of Interest
- State policy and village. This topic covers state-village relationship including state policy on village. This topic is particularly expected to critically review the trajectory, discourse, perspective and policy of state on village starting from rural reconstruction, integrated rural development, green revolution, poverty reduction, to community driven development.
- Democracy and village governance. This topic concentrates on interconnection among village government, local organizations and its communities. Democracy becomes a central issue of this relation. Can democracy develop or in opposite direction, does elite dominates village? How democratic movement could present in village? How do accountability, transparency, participation, inclusion, and gender equality get transformed into village life?
- Self-reliance, village autonomy, social life, social capital and village community. This topic will touch on the initiative, authority, and capacity of village in managing and taking cares of communities’ interest such as public good, common pool resources, local asset. How is the trajectory of village autonomy and how does local initiative and capacity function? This topic also discusses the order of social life, village community in modernization era, development and globalization. How is about life transformation and social capital in village? How does village community maintain social and cultural capital in the era of modernizations and globalization?
- Land, livelihood and economic prosperity. Land is social base of social, economic, livelihood, and welfare of village community. Some crucial issues such as land titling, agrarian reform, land-utilization, agriculture development, investment in village. How does land become the source of livelihood, how does agrarian contestation happen and goes on in and how is welfare and economic life in the village communities? How do innovation and new transformation of economic development address the welfare of village? How do the experience and opportunity of village enterprise become as the engine of village economic growth?
- Improvement of village economic productivity. This topic discusses several methods and strategies to boost the potentials of village as center of economic productivity. Access to capital, agriculture value change, micro and small enterprise and energy would become the topic interest of this session. How to improve the economic activities of village in order to eradicate disparity, poverty and urbanization?