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.


Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed.


Registration for the symposium will open in mid-February.

Practical information

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

Venue: The colloquium will take place in the central building of the Université de Liège, place du 20 août, 7, 4000 Liège, Belgium. This building is located in the city center, close to the train station and hotels.

Access: the nearest international airport is Brussels-Zaventem. For participants coming from Europe, Liège is easily accessible by train and plane (Brussels-Zaventem or Brussels-Charleroi).

To reach Liège from Zaventem airport, take the train to Bruxelles-Nord station (17 minutes) and then take a train to Liège Guillemins station (approx. 1 hour). Timetable on:

Hotels: Here are a few hotels close to the university: Hôtel Cathédrale, Hôtel Amosa, Hôtel IBIS Opéra, Pentahôtel, Hôtel Hors-Château, Hôtel IBIS Styles Guillemins and Hôtel Le Cygne d’Argent.

Registration: Please pay your conference registration fee by May 1, 2024 at the latest. To do so, please go to the registration module. It will open on February 15.

Colloquium fees: These fees include colloquium registration fees and APAD membership fees. They vary according to your situation:


Normal rate

(total monthly income above

800 €)

Reduced rate

(total monthly income below

800 €)

You are not yet a member of APAD for 2024 > You pay the conference registration fee and the association membership fee 170 € 110 €
You are a paid-up APAD member for 2024 > You only pay the conference registration fee 120 € 85 €
You are a recipient of an “APAD Colloquium outside Europe” grant (this fee exemption does not apply to recipients of an “APAD Colloquium Europe” grant) 0 € 0 €

Special situations:

  • In exceptional cases, certain people may be authorized to present a paper online in a panel: in this case, they are exempt from paying the conference fee.
  • You wish to attend the Liège conference without presenting a paper. In this case, access is free and you will be asked to pick up a “visitor” badge at reception. This visitor status does not give you access to the cocktail and coffee breaks.

Letter of invitation: to obtain a letter of invitation, please send a request including your first and last name and the title of your paper to A letter of invitation will not be sent to those who only wish to attend the conference.

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


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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)