Faced with the uncertainty on the evolution of the COVID pandemic, the APAD Bureau and the Conference Organizing Committee decided to postpone the Lomé Conference “Circulations in the global South: Ethnographic explorations of globalized exchanges” to December 2021.
The situation of COVID is improving in African countries, but even before the recent reconfinement decisions in Europe, uncertainties about the possibility of travel to Africa were too great to maintain the Conference in December 2020. Furthermore, the logic of the APAD, which promotes direct exchanges between members and the participation of African colleagues, made it difficult to opt for a virtual conference. The panel organisers have been contacted by the Organising Committee and are in contact with it, they are contacting the panelists to take stock of the situation. We are counting on their mobilisation and that of the panelists to maintain their commitment to this conference, despite the current constraints.
As the context is not favourable to mobilization, the General Assembly will also be postponed to December 2021, thus extending the mandate of the current Board.
This book is a translation of The will to improve, Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics, published in 2007 by Duke University Press, one of the major works of the last decade in the field of development anthropology. This translation is accompanied by a preface by Pierre-Yves Le Meur, which puts the book into perspective for a French-speaking audience, and an original afterword by the author, reviewing the contributions of his book and the debates it has generated.
We invite you to discover this remarkable tale of development in action, centred on a series of attempts to improve landscapes and lifestyles, and to rebuild society “from below”.
Politique Africaine and APAD offer you a room for information sharing and debate on Covid-19 as seen from Africa, which is hosted on the Hypotheses blog of the journal Politique Africaine. Here is the presentation. To your contributions !
A joint initiative of Politique Africaine and APAD, the section “Covid-19 and its aftermath” was born from a proposal by Fanny Chabrol (Ceped, IRD), Pierre-Marie David (Université de Montréal), Moritz Hunsmann (Iris, CNRS) and Oumy Thiongane (Dalhousie University and APAD). This section welcomes contributions in a variety of formats and encourages spontaneity. We invite you to submit analysis notes (about 1000-2000 words), and do not hesitate to cite sources and references available online in the form of hyperlinks. We are also open to more specific reflections that could be prompted, for example, by confrontation with images or videos (from current events or, on the contrary, from the past), with possible scenarios, with objects and scenes from daily life on the continent at the present time, or with possible or impossible words or translations. The aim is to create an evolving space, made of formal and informal echoes from the social sciences. Without seeking exhaustiveness and far from any explanatory arrogance, we hope that the multiplication of diverse contributions will make it possible to describe, discuss and possibly contribute to construct different “meanings” at the heart of the epidemic and its multiple “after”.
As an international association bringing together researchers from the
“North” and the “South”, the Association for Anthropology
of Social Change and Development (APAD) is particularly concerned with the
proposed reform of the university sector in France, the Loi de programmation
pluriannuelle de la recherche (LLPR).
Research conducted by APAD members on public policies in countries
subjected to Structural Adjustment or neoliberal reforms, attests to the
disastrous consequences of the race for funding, the systematic casualisation
of contracts and generalised competition. These effects particularly affect the
quality of teaching and research conducted in institutions in the South.
In France, while higher education and research have for many years now been
confronted with budgetary restrictions affecting their staff and working
conditions, aspects of the proposed LPPR push even further inegalitarian and
managerial logics that already undermines the principles of free and
independent research and a University open to all.
We, therefore, collectively denounce the principles underpinning the
proposed reform in solidarity with our French colleagues and we call for a
sound reform, strengthening independent and quality public research, respectful
of the work of all.
Please find here information
on the mobilisation of academic journals and the reasons of it:
And here the list of journals
contesting the reform (122 today) and their statements: