Apply now: ‘Writeshop/workshop’ on Critical Agrarian Studies, Beijing, July 2019

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Early career researchers from the Global South are invited to apply to be part of a summer ‘writeshop’/workshop in Beijing on critical agrarian studies and activism. The deadline for abstracts is 1 March 2019.

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The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), and the 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 early career 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.

How to apply

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: [email protected] 


  • Deadline: 1 March 2019 
  • Result of the competition will be announced: 15 March 2019
  • Those selected will be invited to submitted a full draft manuscript: 8-10,000 words — due on 31 May 2019. 
  • Writeshop-Workshop date: 1-7 July 2019 

Venue: COHD, China Agricultural University, Beijing 


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: PLAAS, South Africa: [email protected] 

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