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EADI CEsA General Conference 2023: Towards New Rhythms of Development, Lisbon, 10-13 July 2023

General Information

The conference is a joint partnership between EADI (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes) and the CEsA Centre for African and Development Studies at the University of Lisbon.

The Lisbon conference aims to illuminate the various causes and manifestations of shifts in global relations, inequalities, and forms of exclusion, and to explore and map alternative ‘new rhythms of development’.

Where exactly will the conference take place?

The conference will be hosted within the premises of the ISEG (Lisbon School of Economics & Management) at the University of Lisbon.

Location: ISEG - Rua do Quelhas 6, 1200-781 Lisbon, Portugal

Yes, the conference is organised in a hybrid way to give the maximum flexibility to participants. This means that presenters and participants will be able to present/participate either online or in-person. Sessions will take place physically at the conference venue and be live-streamed via Zoom.

Note: hybridity applies to all panel sessions except workshop panels, which can only take place in-person (i.e. not hybrid).

To stay up to date with the latest news, you can subscribe to our newsletter here, follow our twitter account here (and the conference hashtag #NewDevRhythms) and check for regular updates on the conference website here.

We seek to provide spaces for discussion, engagement, sharing, and co-creation among conveners, contributors and participants. For that reason, the conference gives room for a variety of different panels and sessions:

Seed Panels

  • Are included in the open call for abstracts
  • Provide a platform to present work in progress and/or innovative ideas
  • Do not necessarily require the submission of a full paper
  • Constructive feedback to applicants after submissions of papers is expected, as well as during the session

Harvest Panels

  • Are included in the open call for abstracts
  • Provide a space to present completed research and research findings
  • Conveners may opt for making the submission of full papers obligatory, but must be prepared to provide adequate comments on the submitted papers
  • Conveners are asked to explore possibilities for publication of contributions

Workshop sessions

  • Limited number of participants, with prior registration
  • Not included in the call for abstracts

Sessions can have:

  • An academic focus
  • A research practice focus
  • A skills focus
  • A creative focus

Roundtable sessions

  • Not included in the call for abstracts
  • Convenors are responsible for inviting panellists and to secure funds for their participation
  • Can have an academic, a practice-oriented or a programmatic focus

Important information

Seed panels, Harvest panels and Roundtables can be organised in a hybrid way, with participants joining either in-person or online. However, please note that Workshops can only be organised in-person and not in a hybrid format.

Any single person (either convener or co-convener) can take part in the organisation of a maximum of two panels.

For every panel, at least one (co)-convener must be attending the conference physically in Lisbon, i.e., it is not possible to organise a panel only convened remotely.

Please note that panels/sessions are limited to a maximum of two time slots (subject to approval based on logistical constraints).

We encourage convenors to aim for diverse and gender-balanced panels sessions with an adequate representation of young scholars and scholars from the Global South.


For this conference, we apply a “crowd-funding” approach. All working groups and institutions presenting in a panel and attending the Conference will be expected to be self-funded. This refers to the payment of the registration fees, the arrangement of travels with speakers from the Global South and possibly shared costs for the organisers of the panel for the provision of special technical equipment. EADI will provide an online paper and panel management system to all panel organizers and working groups, in order to create an online conference program with all papers and presentations available for download.

The deadline for submitting panels is over. For any enquiries, you can contact the conference team at: conference2023(at)

Paper Management

The call for abstracts will open on 17 October 2022. You will be able to submit an abstract to a given panel at the conference through the conference management software Conftool (more information below on Conftool). Your abstract will then be reviewed and you will be notified on 27 January whether your contribution is accepted or not.

Important deadlines:

  • 17 October 2022: call for abstracts opens
  • 18 December 2022: call for abstracts closes
  • 27 January 2023: notification of acceptance/rejection of abstract

If you want to submit an abstract for a seed panel or a harvest panel, you can do so via Conftool, the conference management software, once the call opens on 17 October. Your abstract will then be reviewed and you will be notified by 27 January whether your contribution is accepted or not.

Note: before being able to submit an abstract, you will need to create an account on Conftool (see below)

Conftool is the conference management software that is used for this conference. Through Conftool you can submit a contribution, and at a later stage manage your profile and register for the event.

To register to Conftool, follow these steps:

  • Open the Conftool page by clicking here, or copy pasting the following URL into your browser:
  • Click on ‘register new’ to start creating your account
  • Fill in all the required fields and any optional field you like, and click on ‘Create user account only’ at the bottom of the page
  • Check that you receive the automatic confirmation email in your mailbox. Make sure to check your spam folder: Conftool emails often land there.

To submit an abstract for a seed or harvest panel, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your conftool account and click on ‘Your submissions’
  • Read carefully the information on top of the page before proceeding
  • Select the panel you are interested in from the list
  • Fill in the required fields and click on ‘Proceed’
  • Review all your information before clicking on ‘Save submission’
  • The submission is now saved and will appear on top of the ‘Your submissions’ page
  • Check that you have received the confirmation email (it may be in your spam folder)


Yes, everyone attending the conference needs to register. This also applies if you are attending the conference without taking part in a panel. To register, you will need to create a Conftool account.

Details on registration will be made available early 2023 on this FAQs page.

The conference fee and exact details about the registration process will be published soon on this FAQs page. The deadline for early bird registration will be on 5 March 2023, and by that date you will also have to confirm whether you are attending in-person or online.

Bursaries will be available for selected participants in the Global South. More information will be made available on this page in due time.

Travelling and staying in Lisbon

Yes. The conference organisers do not provide packages which include accommodation. You need to take care of booking accommodation yourself.

Important note: Lisbon is a very touristic European city, particularly so in summertime. We therefore strongly advise that you look in advance for a suitable accommodation, given there can be issues of availability and high prices if you book last minute.

We suggest you browse the website of the Tourism Office here to familiarise yourself with what can be done in the city.

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