CFA: Early Career Scholars – Writing Workshop. 11th September 2014, ASAUK Conference, University of Sussex

The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) invite applications to attend a writing workshop for early career scholars to be held at the
ASAUK Conference, University of Sussex 9-11th September 2014.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5pm, 6 June 2014.

ASAUK is currently organising a writing workshop at the ASAUK Conference, University of Sussex to assist early career scholars to prepare material for publication in international journals. The workshop is open to early career scholars in African studies. Applications from scholars based in African institutions are particularly welcome. 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.

The writing workshop will bring the editors of Africa, African Affairs, African Studies, Anthropology Southern Africa, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Critical African Studies,Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies, History in Africa, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Journal of Southern African Studies, Review of African Political Economy, 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 2pm and finish at 5.30 on Thursday 11th of September 2014 and be held at the University of Sussex.

Applying to attend

The workshop will be organised in collaboration with Africa, African Affairs, African Studies, Anthropology Southern Africa, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Critical African Studies, Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies, History in Africa, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Journal of Southern African Studies, Review of African Political Economy.

There is limited funding available to cover the costs of travel to the workshop and so we would ask that those who will be attending the conference and who can draw on funding from elsewhere to do so.

The African Studies Association of the UK looks forward to hearing from you.

For more information, please see the applicant details below or contact Claire Craig ‎-

The ASAUK gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Academy.

Applicant Details

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5pm, 6 June 2014.

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 list at least two journals you are targeting.

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 Claire Craig ‎-

Journal themes:

Journal of the International African Institute

AFRICA is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary journal, covering all of the humanities and social sciences, and environmental studies where there is a strong focus on human interaction with the environment. Our core interest is ethnographic in the broadest sense not necessarily anthropological, but dealing with ‘life on the ground’ in Africa, and African people’s own thought, creative expressions and interpretations of their experience. The editors are pleased to receive articles that are based upon new material drawn from field work or archival data, and which also present an original theoretical argument, interpretation or analysis. We do not consider the following for publication: articles based entirely on secondary sources; or those whose approach is purely macro/statistical, or purely philosophical or literary without a socio historical context, or purely polemical or programmatic/policy oriented. 

African Affairs
African Affairs is published on behalf of the Royal African Society and is the top ranked journal in African Studies. It is an inter-disciplinary journal, with a focus on the politics and international relations of sub-Saharan Africa. It also includes sociology, anthropology, economics, and to the extent that articles inform debates on contemporary Africa, history, literature, art, music and more.

African Affairs is the top-ranked African studies journal as measured by Impact Factor. According to the 2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2013), the journal is also ranked 27 out of 157 journals in Political Science.

African Studies
Rooted in a long tradition of scholarship, African Studies provides an inter-disciplinary forum for conceptual and empirical writing relevant to Africa, and that contributes to international dialogue and debate. The journal is edited from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, but draws on the expertise of an active editorial board, as well as a wide range of referees both within and beyond Southern Africa. The journal is particularly keen to consolidate and extend its commitment to support the publication of especially younger scholars of Africa.

Anthropology Southern Africa
Anthropology Southern Africa invites junior scholars to publish their first articles and established scholars to address disciplinary debates. The journal has a strong ethnographic focus, and an ambition to grow more theory-focused work. We encourage interaction between anthropologists based in southern Africa and those from the wider African continent, elsewhere in the global South, and the global North, with the aim of broadening our audience internationally, while encouraging excellent ethnographic work on Southern Africa.

 Canadian Journal of African Studies
Canadian Journal of African Studies ( CJAS )/ RCEA is the official publication of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS). Launched in 1967, it is a bilingual multidisciplinary journal committed to facilitating the dissemination of research by African scholars working in Canada, Africa and elsewhere. It is the only international journal in its field which has consistently published in both English and French.

CJAS aims to improve knowledge and awareness of Africa as well as the problems and aspirations of its people, to inform Canadian policy on and in Africa, and to generate public interest in the study and understanding of Africa in Canada.

CJAS publishes articles in the areas of anthropology, political economy, history, geography, and development. Many of the articles also take an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to “Research Articles”, the journal includes a section called “Debates and Commentaries/débats et commentaires” that presents divergent viewpoints on current issues. Another section called “Research Note/note de recherche” permits contributors to discuss the latest writing, opinion, and research sources on African issues. A book review and review essay section provides critiques of recent books and reports on Africa in general and on individual countries.

Critical African Studies
Critical African Studies seeks to return Africanist scholarship to the heart of theoretical innovation within each of its constituent disciplines. We invite directional papers that provoke critical debate, and take a fresh approach to key and emergent social, political and economic issues affecting Africa. In particular, we encourage pieces of critical inquiry that question or subvert long-held or widely-assumed truths, especially concerning disciplinary boundaries.

 Critical African Studies aims to establish and consolidate new theoretical and empirical ground in Africanist research. Recognising that scholarly approaches to the African continent are often ‘problem-based’ but empirically strong, this publication seeks to encourage adventurous theoretical development, accounts of positive everyday experiences, and an appreciation of the long view. Furthermore, with a few notable exceptions, Africanist scholarship has often deployed theoretical perspectives emergent from research done elsewhere, rather than forge new perspectives based on African realities. This means that Africanist scholarship is too often derided as only of regionalist interest or even derivative in its framework. Our intention therefore is to promote the deployment of thorough empirical work for the purposes of sophisticated theoretical innovation.”

Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies
Eastern African Literary & Cultural Studies ( EALCS ) is a new international peer-reviewed journal  which offers a distinctive, integrated forum for scholarship on the literature, culture and arts of the Eastern Africa region and their widespread influence. The arts and culture have played an instrumental role in the post-colonial project, and indeed in the forging of twenty-first century identities and realities, where they have actively engaged with ideas from other fields including economics, politics, history, and religion. This dynamic interface is explored in the journal. Exceptional creative work from and about the region is also considered for publication. The journal invites submissions of research articles, review essays, roundtable debates, interviews, creative work, book reviews and conference alerts.

History in Africa
History In Africa focuses on historiographical and methodological concerns and publishes textual analysis and criticism, historiographical essays, bibliographical essays, archival reports and articles on the role of theory and non-historical data in historical investigation. History in Africa is published annually in June. The editors welcome manuscripts that focus on methodological dimensions in the study of African history in its broadest sense.

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. All views expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the editors.

Journal Eastern African Studies
The Journal of Eastern African Studies is the international publication of the British Institute in Eastern Africa , published four 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.

The Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) is a refereed journal committed to encouraging high quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy. Published quarterly by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group for the ROAPE international collective it has since 1974 provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It has paid particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression and struggles against them, whether driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, community and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.



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