JPS Annual Writeshop in Critical Agrarian Studies & Scholar-Activism
The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Activist in the South (CASAS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), PLAAS/University of the Western Cape, Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) network, ERPI, ICAS, and Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) are jointly organizing the 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 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, preparation and submission of journal manuscripts; dealing with peer review reports, and so on). It includes sessions on key debates and literature in critical agrarians studies, as well as concepts in and practice of scholar-activism. The Writeshop includes 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 are usually invited invited to submit manuscripts to JPS, and/or encouraged to submit to other major international journals. It started in 2019, and the Writeshop was held in Beijing, hosted by COHD. In-person Writeshop was held online in 2020, and it will again be online in 2021. It hopes to resume the in-person method in 2022.
The participants of the Annual Writeshop decided to stay in touch with each other by organizing their own global network, the Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Activists in the South (CASAS), established their own website, and drafted their own manifesto, entitled: Towards a solidarity-based network of agrarian studies global-south scholars.