ASAUK has developed a significant programme of writing workshops. The workshops offer doctoral or recently post-doctoral students an opportunity to work on their paper with the editor of a journal in a focused, intensive environment. Recent workshops have been held in Oxford, Pretoria, Cambridge, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Birmingham. The response to the writing workshop programme has been overwhelming with well over 100 submissions for a limited number of spaces at several of the events.
Workshops are carried out in cooperation with African Studies centres, African Universities and Africanist journals, and maximise the impact of research time spent in the UK by African scholars and journal editors’ time spent in Africa. The workshops have targeted not only visiting African scholars but UK Africanist doctoral and recently post-doctoral students. Significant support for the writing workshops has been received from a variety of journals, publishers and the British Academy Africa Panel. Over 70 doctoral or recently post-doctoral students have attended an ASAUK writing workshop in the first year and half of the programme.
We encourage scholars, centres, networks or journals that wish to be involved in the workshops or are interested in organizing a workshop to contact the African Studies Association UK via our projects officer.
For a discussion of support for early career researchers in African universities, see the following link for an article by Jonathan Harle, Senior Programme Manager for the Research Access and Availability team at INASP.