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Journal of Peasant Studies 2nd Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism 2020

Call for Applications -Deadline: 15 March 2020

The deadline for submitting applications for the JPS 2020 Annual Writeshop has been extended to 15 March. The Writeshop organizers are closely monitoring the situation with the coronavirus, and will decide later whether the venue will have to be transferred to a different country (if so, it is likely to be in Cape Town, South Africa). Please follow us closely via the JPS and PLAAS websites, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape (PLAAS), Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA), Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), and the Global South Young Critical Agrarian Studies Scholars (the emerging association of graduates of this annual writeshop) are jointly organising the Second JPS Annual Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism for PhD students and young researchers (up to 5 years from PhD completion) who are based in, or are originally from, the Global South.

The JPS-COHD-PLAAS-YARA-FAC Writeshop aims to improve young researchers’ strategic knowledge about and practical skills on matters related to international journal publication and impact (including choosing journals; building ideas about and framing/writing journal manuscripts, and overall preparation and submission of journal manuscripts; dealing with peer review reports, and so on). It will include sessions on key debates and literature in critical agrarian studies, and concepts in and practice of scholar-activism. The 7-day Writeshop-Workshop will include peer review discussions on participants’ draft journal manuscripts.

After the workshop, participants will be in a better position to frame their work in relation to critical agrarian studies and to think about international journal publications in the long-term, and finalise journal manuscripts in the short term. They will also benefit from being part of an emerging community of young researchers working in critical agrarian studies from a scholar-activist tradition. Several participants would be be invited to submit manuscripts to JPS, and encouraged to submit to other major international journals.

We are looking at a maximum of 30-40 workshop participants. We will  provide full fellowships (travel and accommodation financial support) for up to 20 researchers. We also encourage externally funded participants. Successful applicants must circulate a draft manuscript (based on their accepted abstract) of 8,000-10,000 words in advance of the Writeshop-Workshop.

Journal of Peasant Studies 2nd Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism 2020

2020-07-25 - 2020-07-31

COHD, China Agricultural University, Beijing

[email protected]

Application Instructions

Deadline: 15 March 2020

For applications, please submit the following in one Word file:

(1) An abstract of 500 words, related to critical agrarian studies (see JPS aims and scope)
(2) A short bio of 250 words
(3) Names and contact information of 2 academic references

Please send your application to: [email protected]

Application results to be announced on 22 March 2020.

Those selected are invited to submit a full draft manuscript of 8,000–10,000 words. This is due on 31 May 2020.

Meeting in smart, white, meeting room

Last Year's Event

After last year’s writeshop, the attendees formed the Global South Young Critical Agrarian Scholars and drafted “Towards a solidarity-based network of agrarian studies global-south scholars: A manifesto”.

To see photos, testimonials and videos from the 2019 Summer Writeshop-Workshop, click here

For further queries, please contact:

Jun Borras, JPS Editor: [email protected]
Ruth Hall, JPS Editorial Collective member: [email protected]
Chunyu Wang, COHD, Beijing: [email protected]
Cyriaque Hakizimana, YARA (Young African Researchers in Agriculture): [email protected]

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