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Writeshop 2022

The Journal of Peasant Studies and partners are pleased to announce the 4th Annual

Writeshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism 2022

Dates: 5-10 December, Cape Town

Call for Applications

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 (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape and the Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Activists from the South (CASAS) the emerging association of graduates of this annual writeshop) are jointly organising the 4th Annual Writeshop 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 Writeshop aims to improve young researchers’ strategic knowledge about and practical skills on matters related to international journal publication and impact. This includes choosing journals; building ideas about and framing/writing journal manuscripts; overall preparation and submission of journal manuscripts; dealing with peer review reports, and so on. It will include sessions by leading academics on key debates and literature in critical agrarian studies, and concepts in and practices of scholar-activism. The 5-day Writeshop will include peer review discussions on participants’ draft journal manuscripts, conducted in small groups with mentors and facilitators.

After the Writeshop, participants will be in a better position to frame their work in relation to critical agrarian studies, 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 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. No fee is required. We will provide partial or full fellowships (travel and accommodation financial support) for some of the participants, depending on the availability of funds. 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.

Please note: this event is exclusively in-person. No option of participation online will be provided for.

How to apply

Please submit your application which must confirm your recent PhD/PhD in progress; Global South origin and/or current location; an abstract of 400 words, related to critical agrarian studies (see JPS aims and scope); a short bio of 250 words; and names and contact information of 2 academic referees.

Submit via the online APPLICATION FORM.

Deadline: 10 June 2022



  • Application results to be announced in early July 2022. 
  • Successful applicants will be asked to confirm their acceptance of a place at the Writeshop. 
  • Those selected are invited to submit a full draft manuscript of 8,000–10,000 words, due on Monday 31 October 2022.
  • Participants will be provided with a detailed logistics note including information regarding accommodation, visas and other details, well ahead of the Writeshop date. 
  • Arrival at Writeshop: Sunday 4 December 2022
  • Departure from Writeshop: Saturday 10 December 2022 (to be confirmed)

For information about the 2019 Writeshop in Beijing, see: (manifesto by participants). For information about the 2021 Writeshop online, see:

For queries, please contact the organisers via the Writeshop email address: For regular updates, follow JPS on Twitter and Facebook.

The Writeshop convenors:

JPS Journal of Peasant Studies

CASAS Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Activists in the South 

PLAAS Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town

COHD College of Humanities and Development Studies at China Agricultural University, Beijing