Call for proposals: How can we organize for the world of tomorrow?

HDCA 2021 Conference “Capabilities and Transformative Institutions”

13-15 September, 2021
Antwerp, Belgium

How can we organize for the world of tomorrow? Covid-19 has taught us that we are not ready. We have re-discovered our common vulnerability – not only to a virus, but also to policy mismatch, institutional hiccups and authoritarian backlash. Divided we stood, unable to act in concert, lacking real opportunities for deliberation. How can we improve the structures of living together and face the challenges ahead to build a more just and sustainable world? The HDCA Conference 2021 puts this question center stage.

The annual conference of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) brings together people from all over the world from different disciplines and fields interested in human development and the capabilities approach.

The hosts of the 2021 HDCA Conference cordially invite submissions of proposals. In addition to papers on the conference theme, papers on all core HDCA topics are welcome. The conference will also be a meeting place for the HDCA’s thematic groups and regional networks. The full Call for Proposals is available on the conference webpage. The deadline for submitted abstracts is February 15, 2021.

More information about the conference is available on the conference webpage. Questions can be addressed to the conference organizers at:

The HDCA Conference 2021 will be organised by the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), the Faculties of Business and Economics, Social Sciences, and Law of the University of Antwerp and the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA).