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The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI)




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Understanding the contemporary moment and building alternatives

Call for participation: The Global Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative 

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, in partnership with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftug (RLS), is pleased to announce a call for participation in an innovative new venture. This call is open to scholars and activists with a focus on young people based in Southern African countries who have a grounding in rural politics. The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focuses understanding the rise of 'authoritarian populism' in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built. 


What is it about?

New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless “growth”, climate chaos, and social division. Rural areas are particularly marginalised. This crisis reaches beyond the mere question of material inequality, and includes questions of individual and collective identity as well as the lack political representation and participation of rural constituencies. The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to these regressive, authoritarian politics. We aim to provoke debate and action among scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across the world who are concerned about the current situation, and hopeful about alternatives.
ERPI 2018 Confernence Papers: 

In preparation for the ERPI 2018 Conference: "Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World", we have compiled a set of papers submitted by researchers and scholars across the world. 

In preparation for the conference, we have compiled a number of papers and essays submitted by researchers and scholars across the globe. Please find them on the following pages:

Access conference programme here and below. 

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Selected plenary sessions at the event will be livestreamed on the website:  View the livestream