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

The Second JPS Annual Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism for PhD students and young researchers is looking for approximately 30-40 workshop applicants 

This second JPS Annual Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism is 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 organizers 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.

How to apply

Applicants must 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 reference

​​​​​Please send your application to:

Deadline: 1 March 2020

Application results to be announced on 15 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.

About the workshop

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 finalize 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.


Writeshhop is organized by:

  • 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)
  • the Global South Young Critical Agrarian Studies Scholars (the emerging association of graduates of this annual writeshop) 

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