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Below are some testimonials from attendees of the 2019 Writeshop-Workshop. For information on the 2020 event, please click here.

"Participating at the JPS writeshop-workshop was the most enriching experience possible. Sometimes, being a Global South scholar-activist is not easy, and this Writeshop helped us in very practical but also theoretical and even emotional ways. Critical thought cannot thrive in isolation; moreover, thinking and articulating actions transnationally is key to current science and activism. This workshop was fruitful in that sense too, because young scholars from many Global South countries met to share knowledge, experiences, fears, difficulties, and possible common ways out. We also shared our personal stories, our music, and culture, which definitely created among us a sense of comradeship and mutual respect. International experiences like this are very important because the challenges we face as humanity are global; particularly in the countryside, as many processes are common worldwide, resistance and emancipation should be conceived locally but also transnationally. In this sense, the writeshop was the beginning of a bigger project of building a Global South scholar-activist network of support and exchange."

Andrea P. Sosa Varrotti, Postdoctoral researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), at the National University of San Martin (UNSAM), Argentina. Professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).

"The JPS write-shop was the best research-related gathering that I have ever attended in the last 10 years or so that I have been involved in academia. Professionally-speaking, it was a game-changer. Never before have I received in-depth and practical advice about things like paper-writing and professional development from senior scholar-activists. The “icing on the cake” was the instant camaraderie between all those who attended, which allowed creative ideas to flow and to have deep and meaningful discussions about the challenges that scholars from the South often struggle with alone. And the conversations have not stopped: since the workshop, a community has been created to support one another wherever we are. In a nutshell, this workshop is a must-attend for any early-career academic/researcher who is interested in scholar-activism."

Tsilavo Ralandison (Madagascar), Lecturer, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan

I was a participant of writeshop, organized by Journal of Peasant Studies in Beijing in 2019. It was the best organization that I have ever attended. I learned a lot about the theoretical debates on critical agrarian studies as well as scholar activism. It was also particularly helpful to know how to deal with the problems in the publication process. It is a great opportunity for meeting with the scholars from Global South."

Deniz Pelek, Bogazici University and the University of Paris

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