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A recap of the JPS Annual Summer Writeshop in Critical Agrarian Studies in Beijing

Words by Stha Yeni What are the structural barriers that hinder the growth of vibrant, well-networked Global South young researchers working in critical agrarian studies along scholar-activist tradition? Can a global network of Global South young researchers working in critical agrarian studies and along scholar-activist tradition contribute to overcoming such barriers? If so, how? These were the questions that guided…
Esté Beerwinkel
August 1, 2019
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PLAAS Seminar: Agrarian Repair: Agriculture, race and accumulation in contemporary South Africa

Agrarian Repair: Agriculture, race and accumulation in contemporary SA   Presenter: Dr Melanie Sommerville Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto, Canada This seminar examines recent agricultural investment projects in South Africa through the lens of ‘agrarian repair’. ‘Agrarian repair’ proponents present their projects as combining two fixes. First, they seek to repair processes of capital accumulation,…
Esté Beerwinkel
August 1, 2019
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PLAAS Seminar: Analysing the dynamics of change

Analysing the dynamics of change: Using longitudinal, panel and cross-sectional studies to investigate complex social, environmental and technological issues   Presenter: Dr John Thompson Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK Due to financial and capacity limitations, a great deal of development-related research involves conducting single studies at one point in time. These ‘snapshots’ can provide…
Esté Beerwinkel
July 25, 2019
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Call for Applications: NELGA research fellowships on land and gender

The Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) is a partnership of leading African universities and research institutions with proven leadership in education, training and research on land governance. NELGA invites its partner institutions’ staff members or students with a background in land governance or gender studies to apply for funding for research fellowships on Land and Gender.…
Esté Beerwinkel
June 14, 2019
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Call for Applications: NELGA course on the Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa (12 – 16 August 2019 I Accra, Ghana)

Across Africa, the majority of both rural and urban residents have insecure tenure rights, either in law or in practice. They face the legacy of land dispossession, colonial legal codes, contested customary tenure systems, and growing pressure on land in the face of commercial investments. How can land rights and land governance in Africa be strengthened? To address these challenges…
Andries
May 24, 2019
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JPS Summer 2019 Writeshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism at China Agricultural University

The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), and Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) are jointly organizing a new initiative: JPS Annual Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism for PhD students and young researchers (up to 5 years from PhD completion) who are based in or are originally from…
Andries
May 13, 2019
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Young Agriculture Researchers in Africa (YARA) workshop: 13-17 May 2019

From 13 - 17 May, African agricultural researchers from all over the continent converged on UWC for a theory and methodology workshop convened by PLAAS.  They were all members of Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA), a peer network developed to support t and promote young scholars on the continent in order to secure the future of research, policy and…
Andries
May 10, 2019
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Special PLAAS Seminar: What is the character of the agrarian question in contemporary Africa?

Land and agriculture remain critically important sources of livelihood across Africa, even as rates of  urbanization begin to increase. Yet rural poverty continues to be a major feature of African societies. Can policies that secure access to land and natural resources, and promote agricultural development, contribute to a wider process of social and economic renewal? What other sectors are also…
Andries
May 10, 2019