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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. 

Our call is part of a larger, international initiative: The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative. Young scholars and activists in other regions of the world will also be preparing for the global convening event in The Hague in March 2018.

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.
What we are offering?
We are offering modest small grants of:
a) R30,000 South African Rand to write up a case study of 20-30 pages,
b) Participation in a workshop in South Africa on 26-27 February 2018 and
c) Attend and contribute to a global conference in The Hague, Netherlands, 17-18 March 2018. 


Thematic Focus:
We invite proposals for papers – which can be co-authored by activists and scholars – on these themes: 
  1. The current conjuncture: an analysis of political realities, rural structures and socio-economic conjunctures in the respective region 
  2. Resistance and alternatives: identify emancipatory strategies, projects and policy concepts, and agrarian alternatives in theory and practice, including in the food system
Proposals must be submitted by Friday 8 December 2017 to Ruth Hall at PLAAS Small grants will be disbursed in January 2018. Final papers must be submitted by 19 February 2018. 
The workshop will take place at PLAAS in Cape Town on 26-27 February 2018 

See more details and list of requirements here.