The ideology of development is hegemonic. It is coeval with and forms the material interface of the ideologies of progress and modernity, which are all grounded in the dynamic of the accumulation of capital. The civilizing mission of settler colonialism and imperialism is the earliest form of these ideologies ("primitive accumulation") and persists today in overt and covert forms in the developmental ideology that is used by the modern and modernizing states for the displacement and destruction of Indigenous peoples for the extraction of resources. Development is the hegemonic modern face of settler colonialism and the internal colonialism of the formerly colonized states.
The struggles of Indigenous people against the assault of extractivism, under the banner of development, is the most important struggle in the world today, not only for the survival of what remains of them but for humanity as a whole facing the existential crisis of climate change and the devastation of life on this planet by the inexorable logic of capital.
The goal of the conference is to bring together knowledge on the issues addressed by the speakers, create connection between localized struggles to establish their global character, share the knowledge of experts with activists and the community, and subject the hegemonic ideology to critical scrutiny.