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

Important information

NEW DATE : 29 November – 3 December 2021

Initially scheduled for June 2020, the APAD 2020 conference has been postponed to 29 november- 3 December 2021 due to the COVID-19 crisis. There will not be any new report. Online solution will be organised if travelling to Lomé is difficult. For any information, please write to:

The full scientific programme has been stabilised and will remain unchanged. 218 proposals have been received, and 138 selected for the 21 panels, which will each include 4 or 8 papers. We expect nearly 200 participants. We will also have two high level key-note speakers : Sanjay Subramanyam, Professor at the Collège de France and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and Nina Sylvanus, Professor at Northeastern University, Boston (with reservation).

A special event “COVID 19: Virus Circulation, Response Circulation” will be added to the programme.

Please take note of the new dates.

After the Roskilde conference in 2018, devoted to mobility and migration, APAD proposes for its 2020 edition, 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), 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 take into account the dynamics of globalization?
Papers focusing on smaller-scale, regional or neighboring countries’ circulations, or showing the consequences of scale change in circulations, are also welcome.

Il s’agit de revisiter des terrains et des thématiques qui sont au coeur du « tournant global » ayant investi les sciences sociales depuis deux décennies, de discuter de la place qu’y tient l’anthropologie du développement et inversement, de la manière dont elle prend en compte les dynamiques de mondialisation.

Des panels ou des communications s’intéressant à des circulations à échelle plus limitée, régionale ou entre pays voisins, ou montrant des effets de changement d’échelle dans les circulations, sont aussi bienvenus.

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

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) :

We also invite visual anthropologists and filmmakers to submit films for public screenings.

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 **

1 March 2020 at 10pmh (UT) : closing of the call for contribution
5 march 2020 : evaluation of full panels ; the panel convenors should send us their selection of summaries for validation
1 Arpil 2020 : publication of the final list of panels

10 September : confirmation of the new dates

10 November : deadline for online submission of full 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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