Association pour l’anthropologie du changement social et du développement
Association for the anthropology of social change and development

Through the lens of work:
Capitalism, development, and social change
in the global South

APAD 2024 International Conference
Liège, 22-24 May 2024

The next APAD conference will be held in Liège, Belgium, from Wednesday the 22nd to Friday the 24th of May 2024. It proposes to analyse the dynamics of capitalism, development, and social change in the Global South through the lens of work. Work can be defined here as any activity contributing for the livelihood of individuals and groups. Far from being limited to salaried employment, it encompasses all economic practices, whether they participate to the sphere of production, exchange, or care. Using work as an analytical lens opens up a wide range of questions that touch upon – among others – the materiality of work and the use of technologies; the ethics of work and professional aspirations; work-related family configurations; social relations inside and outside work; careers and social mobility trajectories; gender, generational, class, and racial inequalities on the labour market; the forms of labour-value capture and processes of capital accumulation; or labour policies, and the dynamics of workers’ mobilization and representation.

The aim of the conference is twofold. On the one hand, it is to take a fresh look, from a work-centered perspective, at key themes in the tradition of APAD such as brokerage, political arenas, the functioning of state administrations, and the implementation of public policies. On the other hand, it is to open new avenues for studying development in its relationship with political economy and social change.

A total of 27 panels have been selected to make up the conference programme. You are invited to submit a paper proposal in one of these panels. Following a practice established in previous conferences, it is also possible to submit a paper proposal independently of the list of selected panels provided that it addresses one of the core themes of the conference:

See the list of the panels


Organised in partnership with
Université de Liège

Call for papers

The call for papers will be opened from the 15th of September to the 15th of November 2023


Paper proposals must be submitted on the APAD website ( by the 15th November 2023. They should be no longer than 3000 characters and written in the language of the panel proposal (English or French). For further information, please contact the organising committee by email (

The panel convenors will be responsible for selecting the paper proposals. Those who have submitted a paper proposal will be informed of the outcome of this selection process by the 1st of December 2023.

The opportunity to ask participants to send their full paper in advance will be left to the discretion of the panel convenors.

Practical information

The conference is bilingual. The working languages are French and English.

The conference will be held at the University of Liege from Wednesday the 22nd to Friday the 24th of May 2024. The nearest international airport is Brussels-Zaventem. For participants coming from Europe, Liège is easily accessible by train as well as by plane (through Brussels-Zaventem or Brussels-Charleroi).

Registration fees are €170 (full rate) and €110 (reduced rate, for participants with a total monthly income of less than €800/month). Paid-up APAD members benefit from a special rate of €120 (full rate) and 85€ (reduced rate). This fee includes coffee breaks and a welcome cocktail, but not meals (there are plenty places to eat around the campus).


Normal rate

(total monthly income above 800 €)

Reduced rate

(total monthly income below 800 €)

Registration fees

170 €

110 €

Special rate for paid-up APAD members in 2024

120 €

85 €

A limited number of scholarships will be available for doctoral students and young researchers from the South whose paper proposal has been accepted in a panel. Those wishing to apply for a scholarship will be asked to tick the corresponding box when submitting their paper, provide their professional details, and justify their request in a box.

For any information :


15 September 2023 : opening of the call for papers

15 Novembre 2023 : deadline for paper proposals submission

15 December 2023 : final list of panels and papers


To download

Scientific Committee

Absi, Pascale, IRD, CESSMA, Université Paris Cité (France)
Allal Amin, CNRS, CERAPS, Université de Lille (France)
Cissokho, Sidy, CNRS, CLERSE, Université de Lille (France)
Cuvi, Jacinto, CECID, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgique)
Dougnon, Isaïe, Université de Bamako (Mali) et Fordham University (USA)
Fresia, Marion, Université de Neuchâtel (Suisse)
Guérin, Isabelle, IRD, CESSMA, Université Paris Cité (France)
Ndiayi, Alfred, Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (Sénégal)
Poncelet, Marc, Université de Liège (Belgique)
Selim, Monique, IRD, CESSMA, Université Paris Cité (France)

Organising Committee

Sophie Andreetta (Univ. Liège, Belgique)
Sylvie Ayimpam (IMAF, France)
Isabelle Borsus (Univ. de Liège, Belgique)
Elieth Eyebiyi (Lasdel, Bénin)
Philippe Lavigne Delville (IRD, France)
Alexis Roy (CNRS, France)
Benjamin Rubbers (Univ Liège, Belgique)
Marie Schnitzler (Univ. Liège, Belgique)
Ngna Traoré (ISH, Mali)
Lorena Ulloa (Univ. Liège, Belgique)
Charlotte Vampo (IRD, France)