IDEA-GRETHA 2018 Conference: A World United

(For the IDEA Conference, Marginalized Peoples, Human Rights and Development Ethics,  May 17-18, 2018, Chisinau, Moldova, see:


Update November 29: Submission deadline reset to January 3. Further details added (joint conference notice and keynote speakers announced — see below).

Submission  instructions: see lower on this page.

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The International Development Ethics Association, and
GRETHA, University of Bordeaux

 Invite scholars, practitioners, government policy makers, and other interested parties to submit proposals for presentations at a conference with the theme

A World United: Allies in Ethical Development
Bordeaux, France June 25 – 27, 2018

 Organized by
International Development Ethics Association and
Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée
GRETHA UMR CNRS 5113 University of Bordeaux
Unité Mixte Internationale Résilience (IRD), and
with support from FREE (Fonds pour la recherche en éthique économique)

Conference Theme
The conference theme “A World United: Allies in Development” was chosen with the hope of inspiring thoughtful conversations about the important relationships that can both frustrate and facilitate development. Although we are primarily concerned with questions of personal relationships in which individuals and groups of people ally themselves with one another to bring about ethical development, this theme is also meant to capture alliances at every level of development, including alliances between and across nation states, corporations, multinational groups, NGOs, etc. Thus, we are interested in considerations on the following dimensions of the theme as they apply to ethical development:

  • Foundational issues of alliances: What does it mean to be allied with another? What makes for a good ally? How might we respond to harmful alliances? Does privilege itself create a particular responsibility to ally with those less privileged?
  • Alliances within and across social categories and identities, including religion, gender, race, ability, economic status, caste, tribe, etc.
  • Alliances within and across professional roles including aid workers and stakeholders, agricultural economists and farmers, health care providers and patients, scholars and practitioners, political leaders and citizens, corporations and consumers, shareholders and stakeholders, etc.
  • Allies across borders: private citizens, refugees, immigrants, trade agreements, issues of fair trade, development aid, and international political agreements such as the Paris Accord on Climate Change, etc.
  • Allies beyond humanity: allies with non-human animals, allies with the environment, etc.

Presentations should examine these issues from diverse theoretical and conceptual perspectives including philosophical argument, empirical analysis, examinations of policy, and action strategies.  The conference will engage scholars and practitioners from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines and activities (including philosophy and other humanities, social sciences, policy studies, development, social work, NGOs, local and global agencies and organizations, government officials and policy makers). IDEA particularly welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners in the global south.

IDEA’s A World United conference will be held conjointly with GREThA’s Collective Action and Development conference: The 7th Conference on Development, “Collective action and Development” of GREThA (Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée) will run in conjunction with IDEA. All participants will be welcome to attend both conference sessions. The two conferences will take place in the same venue (Pole Juridique et Judiciaire, downtown historical Bordeaux). For further details concerning Collective Action And Development, see:

Joint conference keynote addresses:
The International Development Ethics Association’s Second David Crocker lecture will be delivered by Christine Koggel, Department of Philosophy, Carleton University, Canada,
and GREThA is pleased to invite
Vijayendra Rao, Lead Economist, World Bank Development Research Group


Conference language: English. All paper submissions and presentations should be in English.

Plenary Speakers
To be announced.

Field Visit
An optional field visit to DARWIN is planned for June 27. DARWIN is an alternative space shared by 100 companies and 30 associations united around common goals including the reduction of their companies’ environmental footprints, creating new economic synergies and promoting urban cultures.

Conference Format
Plenary and concurrent sessions with arranged panels and individual presentations composed into panels.



To commence a submission: you should create a new account at
(see first link on the page), or log into your pre-existing easychair account after pointing your brower to that link.   Unsure whether you have an easychair account? you may find out using the second link on the page.

Proposals submitted to easychair should include:

  1. Title and abstract of up to 500 words, and five keywords. Please do not provide author information within the abstract (set for blind submission).
  2. Name, affiliation (if applicable), and contact information
  3. A biography of under 100 words for each presenter (for the conference program)

Individual paper presentations: Proposals should include presentation title and abstract of up to 500 words, plus five keywords. Co-authored and multiple-authored papers are permitted.

Practitioner presentations: Practitioners in non-governmental organizations, government agency, religious communities and other civil society groups may similarly propose presentations that need not pertain to academic research. Please specify all presenters in the proposal.

Young scholar meets senior sessions: Graduate students can present their research plans or work in progress. IDEA stalwarts will provide feedback and chair the discussion. Graduate students can also submit paper abstracts and paper proposals for regular sessions.

Panel proposals: IDEA invites proposals of panels that address themes or sub-themes mentioned above. Panel proposals should include three or four paper abstracts (500 words each) plus a description of the panel theme (500 words).

Submissions are due 3 January 2018 (revised deadline).
Decisions will be announced February 2018.
For further information and conference updates see: (the page you are on currently)


Conference Conveners
Lori Keleher:
Jerome Ballet:

International Conference Committee
Morten Fibieger Byskov, Andrew Crabtree, Nigel Dower, Jean-Luc Dubois, Stephen Esquith, Rebecca Gutwald, Lori Keleher, Jean Marcel Koffi, Alice Kouadio, Pierre Morand, Eric Palmer, Laurent Parrot, Carlos Zorro Sánchez, and Asun St. Clair

Local Committee
Jerome Ballet, Tanguy Bernard, Eric Rougier, Julie Vissaguet

Questions? Please contact conference convenors, Lori Keleher:
Jerome Ballet: