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Journal of Peasant Studies Writeshop Workshop
This summer we ran our annual Workshop Writeshop in Beijing, the details of which are below. Bookmark this page and check back in as we'll be adding content from the workshop as it's published, as well as details about next year's event!

The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), and Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) are jointly organizing a new initiative: 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-FAC Writeshop-Workshop 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, 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 agrarians studies, as well as concepts in and practice of scholar-activism. The 7-day workshop-writeshop 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 think about international journal publications in the long-term, and finalize journal manuscripts in the short term. Several participants would be be invited to submit manuscripts to JPS, and/or encouraged to submit to other major international journals.

We are looking at a maximum of 25 workshop participants. We will be able to 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 journal article, based on their accepted abstract, of 8-10,000 words in advance of the writeshop-workshop.

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

(1) A journal article 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:jpeasantstudieswriteshop@gmail.com


Deadline was: 1 March 2019


Result of the competition were announced on 15 March 2019.


Those selected were invited to submitt a full draft manuscript: 8-10,000 words.


Writeshop-Workshop date: 1-7 July 2019


Venue: COHD, China Agricultural University, Beijing


(3) For further queries, please contact:


Jun Borras, JPS Editor: junborras5@gmail.com

Ruth Hall, JPS Editorial Collective member: rhall@plaas.org.za

Chunyu Wang, COHD, Beijing: wangchunyu1978@yahoo.com

Cyriaque Hakizimana: PLAAS, South Africa: chakizimana@plaas.org.za

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A leading journal in the field of rural politics and development, The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) provokes and promotes critical thinking about social structures, institutions, actors and processes of change in and in relation to the rural world. It fosters inquiry into how agrarian power relations between classes and other social groups are created, understood, contested and transformed. JPS pays special attention to questions of ‘agency’ of marginalized groups in agrarian societies, particularly their autonomy and capacity to interpret – and change – their conditions.
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