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Early Career Scholars Writing Workshop

July 8, 2013

Early Career Scholars Writing Workshop
16 -18 September 2013,
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

Call for Applications:
The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), in collaboration with Mekelle University, invite applications to attend a writing workshop for early career scholars to be held in Meqele, Tigray, on 16-18 September 2013.
ASAUK is currently organising a writing workshop in Meqele to assist early career scholars to prepare material for publication in international journals. The ASAUK is committed to enhancing academic links between British and African institutions and to increasing representation in British journals of work by scholars based in Africa. Previous ASAUK workshops in the UK and in other parts of Africa have been extremely well received and there has been a strong demand for places. The event in Meqele will be also attended by representatives of two Africanist journals based in continental Europe.
The writing workshop will bring together the editors of Africa, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of East African Studies, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Annales d’Éthiopie and Aethiopica in order to support doctoral and recent post-doctoral students as well as junior staff based universities in the Horn of African in preparing articles for submission and eventual publication in Africanist and International journals. The participating journals have asked prospective participants of the workshop to submit articles, which address the journal themes outlined below.

Applying to attend
The workshop will be organised in collaboration with Mekelle University. The organisers will cover the costs of travel and will provide accommodation and food for the duration of the workshops. The African Studies Association of the UK looks forward to hearing from you.
For more information, please see the applicant details below or contact Dr Izabela Orlowska at
The ASAUK and Mekelle University very gratefully acknowledge the support of the British Academy and the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies.

Applicant Details
Deadline for receipt of applications: 8 July 2013.
In order to qualify for the workshops, scholars are invited to send in the following documents:
• A short CV including their name, gender, nationality, date of conferral or expected conferral of their PhD, academic career and position at their current institution. • A completed, fulllength article (5,500-7,000 words) based on original research. Please indicate clearly whether you are addressing a theme and which journal you are targeting. • An explanation of how you would benefit from the training and development workshop, whether you have previously been published (and if so please provide details of the articles and journals you have been published in), and how you would contribute to the early career discussion.
Travel between Addis Ababa and Mekelle will be organised. Participants can apply for a reimbursement of travel costs between regional universities, where they are based and Addis Ababa. Please bear in mind that the organisers will expect applicants to have explored the most economical travel options. Please note that this is a training opportunity and no per diem will be paid to participants.
Selection criteria: The primary selection criterion is the quality of the article submitted, but assessors will also be looking to see who might benefit the most from the workshops. The workshops are open to early career scholars, which we interpret to be up to 6 years following
the award of your doctorate. Please send applications electronically to Dr Izabela Orlowska at

Journal themes:
Africa is the premier journal devoted to the study of African societies and culture. Editorial policy encourages an interdisciplinary approach, involving humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences. Africa aims to give increased attention to African production of knowledge, highlighting the work of local African thinkers and writers, emerging social and cultural trends 'on the ground', and links between local and national levels of society. At the same time, it maintains its commitment to the theoretically informed analysis of the realities of Africa's own cultural categories. Each issue contains six or seven major articles, arranged thematically, extensive review essays and substantial book reviews. Special issues are published annually.

The Journal of African Cultural Studies is an international journal providing a forum for perceptions of African culture from inside and outside Africa, with a special commitment to African scholarship. It focuses on dimensions of African culture including African literatures both oral and written, performance arts, visual arts, music, the role of the media, the relationship between culture and power, as well as issues within such fields as popular culture in Africa, sociolinguistic topics of cultural interest, and culture and gender.

The Journal of Eastern African Studies is the international publication of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, published three times each year. It aims to promote fresh scholarly enquiry on the region from within the humanities and the social sciences, and to encourage work that communicates across disciplinary boundaries. It seeks to foster inter-disciplinary analysis, strong comparative perspectives, and research employing the most significant theoretical or methodological approaches for the region. The Editors welcome submissions from all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including archaeology, anthropology, cultural studies, development studies, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, international relations, literatures and languages, political economy, politics, social policy and sociology.

The Journal of Modern African Studies offers a quarterly survey of developments in modern African politics and society. Its main emphasis is on current issues in African politics, economies, societies and international relations. It is intended not only for students and academic specialists, but also for general readers and practitioners with a concern for modern Africa, living and working both inside and outside the continent. Editorial policy avoids commitment to any political viewpoint or ideology, but aims at a fair examination of controversial issues in order to promote a deeper understanding of what is happening in Africa today.

The Annales d’Ethiopie is an annual academic journal, which is published and edited by the French Centre of Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) in Addis Ababa, with the support of the French Embassy in Ethiopia and the Authority of Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH). The journal invites papers on history, social science, archaeology and palaeontology addressing Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.

Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies is an internationally refereed academic journal, edited at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies and at the Department of African and Ethiopian Studies of the Asien-Afrika-Institut at the University of Hamburg. The journal focuses on history, archaeology, linguistics, literature, philology, manuscript studies, art history, anthropology and religious studies regionally focusing on Ethiopia, Eritrea, and the wider Horn of Africa.