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

Circulations in the global South: Ethnographic explorations of globalized exchanges

APAD International Conference
Lomé, 29 November – 3 December 2021

The Conference

After the Roskilde conference in 2018, devoted to mobility and migration, APAD proposes for its 2021 edition to focus on the multiple forms of large-scale circulation of goods, ideas, techniques, information, and models that increasingly cross the Global South and link it to the rest of the world. We want to discuss the contribution of the anthropology of development to the fields and themes that are at the heart of the “global turn” in the social sciences. How does the anthropology of development consider the dynamics of globalization?

The conference has been co-organized with the Department of Anthropology and African Studies of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (FSHS) of the University of Lomé (Togo).

Initially scheduled for June 2020, the conference was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 crisis. In this context, the event has been held in a hybrid format with 135 participants – half of them in person in Lomé – divided into 22 thematic panels. The short final programme and the Full Programme can be found here. Details of the panels and abstracts of the papers are available here.

On the first day of the conference (29 nov, 1 to 2 pm, UCT), Nina Sylvanus, professor at Northeastern University, Boston, gave the opening lecture, entitled Harboring History, Historic Harbor: Circulation, Past and Present.

A round-table discussion on “Colloque APAD-Flyer Table Ronde COVID 19 en Afrique will take place on Friday 3 December from 2 to 4 pm (UCT).

Just after the closing of the conference, between 4:30 and 6:30 pm (UCT), the traditional General Assembly of APAD has been held.

For any question:

APAD Conference is organized with the Faculty of Social Sciences
(Lomé University)

and with the financial support of UNDP Togo, the French Development Agency, the Institute of Research for Development, the French Embassy in Togo and EHESS.
Call for participation

The Call for Papers is open untill 20 February — CLOSED.

Proposals should preferably be submitted to the following selected panels.

It is also possible to submit proposals for contributions on topics not covered by the panels provided that they clearly relate to the areas of reflection of the conference (see the full conference argument) :


How to participate
Papers’ abstracts will have a maximum of 600 words. Please submit your proposal on line by clicking here no later than 20 February 2020.

You will receive a receipt confirmation and your proposal will be sent to the panel organizers and the organizing committee.

NOTE: the procedure has changed compared to the call for papers previously distributed: from now on, communication proposals do not have to be sent directly to the panel organizers.


** New Dates **

20 September 2021: online registration opens

10 October 2021: final programme
7 November 2021: registration deadline

15 November 2021: deadline for submission of papers

PDF of the conference
Scientific committee
Adjamagbo Agnès, IRD, France
Ayimpam Sylvie, Aix-Marseille Université, France
Baxerres Carine, IRD, France
Blundo Giorgio,EHESS/IRD,France/Togo
Chalfin Brenda,University of Florida,USA
Choplin Armelle, Global Studies Institute, Université de Genève, Suisse
Goéh-Akoué Michel, Université de Lomé, Togo
Guézéré Asogba,Université de Kara,Togo
Kibora Ludovic Ouhonyioué, CNRST/INSS Burkina Faso
Kossi-Titrikou Komi Emmanuel,Université de Lomé, Togo
Lesourd Céline, CNRS, Marseille, France
Maizi Pascale, SUPAGRO, Montpellier, France
Muñoz José Maria, Center for African Studies, Université d’Edinburgh, Grande Bretagne
Nugent Paul, Center for African Studies, Université d’Edinburgh, Grande Bretagne
Ouattara Fatoumata, IRD, France/Togo
Petric Boris, CNRS, Marseille, France
Stanziani Alessandro, EHESS, France
Storeng Katerini, University of Oslo, Norvège
Sylvanus Nina, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Tidjani Alou Mahaman, Université de Niamey, LASDEL, Niger
Organisational committee
Akakpo-Ahianyo Jean-Paul, URD/Université de Lomé
Amouzou-Glikpa Amevor, Département de sociologie/ Université de Lomé
Apeti Saturnin, Département de sociologie/ Université de Lomé
Awesso Charles, Département d’anthropologie/ Université de Lomé
Blundo Giorgio, IRD EHESS, Lomé
Boutinot Laurence, CIRAD, Montpellier, France
Deridder Marie, UCL, Louvain la Neuve, Belgique
Douti Mireille, EHESS, Paris, France
Elieth Eyebiyi, Lasdel Bénin, Abomey Calavi, Bénin
Gogoli Ablavi Julie Esseyram, Département d’anthropologie/ Université de Lomé
Hountondji Roland, Département d’anthropologie/ Université de Lomé
Koumi Abel, Département d’anthropologie/ Université de Lomé
Lavigne Delville Philippe, IRD/Université Gaston Berger, Dakar, Sénégal
Lawani Ayemi, Université de Kara
N’Djambara Mohamondou, Département d’anthropologie/ Université de Lomé
Mazzocchetti, Jacinthe, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgique
Ouattara Fatoumata, IRD, Lomé
Palassi Konga, Département anthropologie, Université de Lomé
Passinda Laurent, Université de Lomé
Poncelet, Marc, Université de Liège, Belgique
Toudeka Marie-Reine, URD/Université de Lomé
Vampo Charlotte, IRD UMR Ceped, Paris
Waharé Jules, Département d’anthropologie, Université de Lomé

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