Workshop Announcement and Call for Abstracts Journal of Southern African Studies

Journal of Southern African Studies

Emerging scholars and new research in Southern Africa

The Centre for Social Research of the University of Malawi, in collaboration with the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS, UK), and the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA, Nairobi), will host a three-day Early Career Writing Workshop on 16-20 July 2018 at Chancellor College in Zomba, Malawi. The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for early career scholars and postdocs to present papers for discussion and eventual publication in JSAS. Participants will bring papers on various aspects of the Southern African region, JSAS’s mandate. The region embraces South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique; and occasionally, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Aims of the workshop 

The workshop is a key platform for capacity development in the region. It seeks to contribute to the development of a new cadre of scholars who would be actively involved in writing and publishing. It will use a one-on-one mentoring approach through which participants will work with experienced journal editors to facilitate submission of papers to the Journal of Southern African Studies. The workshop is expected to bring together about 36 participants from Malawi, the SADC region, the UK and the USA.

The workshop aims to stimulate new thinking in African Studies and encourage the writing of high-quality academic papers. The selection committee is made up of leading scholars who are members of the JSAS Advisory Board based in the southern African region. The committee will seek original research and critical thinking. We do not want policy-oriented papers that only describe the results of small-scale studies. Instead we want papers that show the value of such empirical studies for broader societal issues, including analysis of their political, economic and human consequences.  During the workshop, participants may also present their papers alongside established scholars from the JSAS board, where papers will be presented and critiqued in an egalitarian atmosphere that will promote new ways of understanding the problems and opportunities facing southern Africans today. All emerging scholars who aim to publish in JSAS will also receive mentoring after the workshop, up to the point of submitting their papers.