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

Update - 28 september 2021

The APAD conference will take place from 29 November to 3 December 2021 in Lomé (Togo). We hope to meet many of you there. An online solution will be offered to participants who cannot travel to Lomé.

Online registration is open. Registration is open until 7 November. Online payment of registration fees is strongly recommended. Participants wishing to pay in cash at the opening are requested to register online as well.

The online submission  for papers is opened.

APAD membership (€50, reduced rate €25) is mandatory to participate in the conference. The registration fee is 70 € for participants in Lomé. It includes cocktail, lunch and coffee breaks. It is reduced to 35 € for virtual participants.

The final scientific programme, which is very close to the initial programme, will be available online very soon. It is composed of 21 panels, each of which will include 4 or 8 papers.

The inaugural lecture will be given online by Nina Sylvanus, professor at Northeastern University, Boston: Harboring History, Historic Harbor: Circulation, Past and Present.

The programme includes

– a round-table “COVID 19: circulation of viruses, circulation of responses »

– a presentation of the special “30 years” issue of the journal Anthropologie & développement. Indeed, APAD is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021

– and the association’s General Assembly.

An information sheet giving hotel addresses for your reservations will be put online very soon.

 For any questions:

Coming to Togo : Visas and COVID-19 procedures

The Conference

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.

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 and the French Embassy in Togo.
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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