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Writing workshop for early career scholars - Birmingham

June 19, 2013

Call for Applications: The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) invite applications to attend a writing workshop for early career scholars to be held at the University of Birmingham on 3rd September 2013.

ASAUK is currently organising a writing workshop in University of Birmingham 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 writing workshop will bring the editors of Africa, Journal of Southern African Studies, Review of African Political Economy, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Journal of Eastern African Studies together in order to support doctoral and recent post-doctoral students as well as junior staff 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.

The workshop will begin at 11am on the 3rd of September 2013 and be held at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham.

Applying to attend

The workshop will be organised in collaboration with Africa, Journal of Southern African Studies, Review of African Political Economy, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Journal of Eastern African Studies and the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham. The organisers will cover the costs of travel and will provide 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 David Kerr

The ASAUK very gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Academy.

Applicant Details

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5pm 12th 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, full-length 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.

To apply for a reimbursement of travel costs, you must submit an estimate of expenses.  Please bear in mind that the organisers will expect applicants to have explored the most economical travel options.

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 David Kerr 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.

Journal of African Cultural Studies

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. It has evolved from the journal African Languages and Cultures , founded in 1988 in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Although the journal no longer carries articles on African languages that are primarily linguistic in character, it remains strongly interested in the languages of Africa as channels for the expression of their culture.

Journal of Eastern African Studies 

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.

Journal of Southern African Studies

The Journal of Southern African Studies is an international publication for work of high academic quality on issues of interest and concern in the region of Southern Africa. It aims at generating fresh scholarly enquiry and rigorous exposition in the many different disciplines of the social sciences and humanities, and periodically organises and supports conferences to this end, sometimes in the region. It seeks to encourage inter-disciplinary analysis, strong comparative perspectives and research that reflects new theoretical or methodological approaches. An active advisory board based mainly in Southern Africa demonstrates our close ties with scholars there and our commitment to promoting research in the region.

The region covered embraces South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique; and occasionally, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Review of African Political Economy

Since 1974 ROAPE has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It pays particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression, and to organised struggles against them, whether these inequities are driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, ethnicity and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.